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KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.

“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

“We need to find out if our tax base is willing to buy into this project by giving them an opportunity to vote yes or no on the funding,” she continued. 

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Two selectmen will not run for re-election

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams has announced that he will run for re-election this year, but Selectmen Karren Garrity and George Jacobsen have announced that they will not.
“George said right up from when he started, ‘This will be one term, and then I’ll be done,’ and he’s sticking to that,” Adams said. “Karren Garrity surprised me when she came in a few weeks ago and told me that she wouldn’t be running.”
“It was a difficult decision to make because I really enjoyed being on the board, and we’ve been a really good board and accomplished a lot,” Garrity said of her decision.

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BOS prepares budget for review by Board of Finance

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KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen voted to approve their proposed budget of $2,718,940 at a special meeting held prior to a joint meeting with the Board of Finance that was held on Tuesday, March 29 (which was after press time for this newspaper).
The total proposed budget as of Monday, March 28, for both municipal and education spending is $10,897,119, a 2.4 percent increase over the 2010-11 fiscal year. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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Community House could be ready as early as May

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KENT — The renovation of the Kent Community House is about halfway completed, and the space is expected to be open for use again by this summer.
The building used to be an all-purpose center that served as a gymnasium until Kent Center School built its own in the 1950s. It was owned by the First Congregational Church of Kent, whose property it still rests on, until the church gave it to the town because it could no longer afford to maintain it.

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Fast and flashy cars at Scouts’ Pinewood Derby

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KENT — Hopes were high on Saturday, March 19, as Cub Scout Pack 11 held its annual Pinewood Derby in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church. The room was filled with Cub Scouts and their parents and siblings.
Each Scout, with help from his parents or another adult, had constructed and decorated a small wooden car to race during the derby.

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Young artisans build homes for their feathered friends

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KENT — Six teams of parents and children huddled around workbenches on Saturday, March 12, at the Build a Birdhouse workshop at the First Congregational Church in Kent.
The workshop was part of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s FYI Series, which hosts an intergenerational workshop in a different Region One town every month.
The workshops are often led by Falls Village teacher and craftsman Joe Brien, who also teaches privately through his Lost Art Workshops.
Brien’s focus is on teaching his students how to do things “they way they were done in the old days,” he said.

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Why, yes, the ice has broken on the Housatonic River

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KENT — With the massive amounts of rainfall and melting that caused the Housatonic River to flood fields and roads, it became obvious last week that the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Ice Watch contest was over.
Each winter, the fire department sets up a system in which a clock connected to a tripod on the Housatonic River stops when the ice breaks.
People pay $2 to make a guess as to when the ice will break. Whoever guesses the actual date and time wins half of the money that is collected. The other half goes to the fire department.

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Kellams at Kent Memorial Library

A large crowd came out March 12 to Kent Memorial Library to hear Dan Kellams talk about the tough high school coach who had a lasting impact on his life. Kellams is the author of “A Coach’s Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians,” a biography of his strict but inspirational high school coach. In addition to reading excerpts from his book, Kellams shared recollections of his experiences with coach Hipple and answered questions from the audience.

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Fire department corrects OSHA violations

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KENT — In a notice to the members of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department that was recently leaked to the press, Chief Eric Epstein informed the personnel that the fire department had been under investigation by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In the letter, Epstein outlined some preliminary changes that would be made to bring the department into compliance.

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Girl Scouts gather for international jamboree

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KENT — The area’s Girl Scout troops held their first ever World Thinking Day Jamboree on Saturday, March 12, at the Marvelwood School’s performing arts center.
The jamboree was attended by eight troops from Kent, North Canaan, Sharon and Salisbury. Each troop set up a booth representing a different country. The United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Brazil, Jordan, Italy, Russia and Egypt were represented.

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Residents evacuated as river floods Route 7

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KENT — Route 7 seemed to get the worst of the flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt between Sunday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 8. The road itself was immersed in water at points, and large chunks of ice washed up on the roadway, damaging the guardrails as well as some cars that were parked nearby. Even the ice watch tripod disappeared (more on that in next week’s Lakeville Journal).
Several homes had to be evacuated as well. Four people were sent to Town Hall, where they were offered cots to sleep on until they could find other accommodations.

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