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KENT — Every 10 minutes, for 40 hours straight, they feed the fiery beast. 

Once a year, in alternating shifts, experienced potters, apprentices and friends from the Northwest Corner come together to feed wood into the blazing belly of the sprawling brickanagama at Joy Brown’s South Kent pottery studio. The Japanese-style kiln contains about 200 sculptural and figural pieces of all shapes and sizes painstakingly crafted by Brown and other potters who are participating in the annual Clay Way Studio Tour over Columbus Day weekend.

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Once again, Kent is a top town to visit

KENT — Smithsonian magazine added another award to Kent’s growing list of honors. In an online article published in early May, the magazine included the town in its list of 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2017.
The Smithsonian article touts Kent’s award-winning accommodations, fine restaurants and art scene. 
Jacqueline Mansky, assistant to the web editor, explained the process of how Kent was selected for inclusion in this year’s list.

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Heavy mist doesn’t keep Kent vets from marching

KENT — Kent’s military veterans had communicated by email on Sunday night and decided to go ahead with the annual Memorial Day parade through the center of town, which includes stops at three cemeteries, benedictions by clergy, taps and gun salutes and of course the procession through the center of town by military veterans, Scouts and the Kent Center School marching band.

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Henna tattoos that wash off (eventually) at KML

KENT — The Kent Memorial Library hosted a henna tattoo event on Friday, May 12. With a Bollywood movie playing in the background and food to snack on from places around the globe where henna is practiced, girls lined up to have henna artist Karen Stevens draw designs on their hands and arms.  
Henna, or mehendi, is an ancient form of non-permanent body art that is commonly used in India, the Middle East and northern Africa. 

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The world, as seen through the eyes of an artist, at KML

KENT — An exhibit called Then and Now and featuring work by South Kent resident Thomas Franken is on display at the Kent Memorial Library until June 30. The exhibit showcases Franken’s artwork, spanning more than 50 years.
“When I was younger, I never realized that art could be a career,” Franken said. 
He worked in the corporate world on and off over the years, but art was always a constant.

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Wildfire closes AT: 200 acres burn on Schaghticoke Mountain

KENT — The smell of smoke hung in the air as a wildfire raged on Schaghticoke Mountain near the reservation on the Appalachian Trail last week. The fire was first reported at around 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17.
A total of 17 fire departments from Connecticut and New York, including the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), responded to the scene.

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Town turns out to help pay for lifesaving device

KENT — The line was out the door for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, May 12, an event co-sponsored by the Kent Republican Town Committee. The menu that had enticed them all out included spaghetti, meatballs in tomato sauce, fresh salad and homemade apple pie à la mode for dessert. In all, 173 people attended. 

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Town turns out to help pay for lifesaving device

KENT — The line was out the door for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, May 12, an event co-sponsored by the Kent Republican Town Committee. The menu that had enticed them all out included spaghetti, meatballs in tomato sauce, fresh salad and homemade apple pie à la mode for dessert. In all, 173 people attended. 

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Inventive media and ideas at KCS show

KENT — The Kent Center School (KCS) annual art show on Thursday, May 11, was a great success. Family members came to view the multitude of student works on display throughout the school. Smiling children proudly showed off their work to parents, grandparents and siblings.
Art teacher Ellen Diker explained that, “Each student had two works of art on display: one two-dimensional piece and one three-dimensional piece. The seventh- and eighth-graders also had a third piece on display, which was created outside of school.”

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Spending up slightly

KENT — The proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18 showed modest increases at a straightforward budget hearing on Friday, May 5.
The overall budget totals $12,806,467, an increase of $50,809, or 0.4 percent, from this year. 

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Gates will be installed in river areas

KENT —  The proposal to install lockable gates on River Road and North Kent Road was once again a topic of discussion at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, May 4.
Selectman Jeff Parkin was opposed to the gates as a solution to stop large and often messy crowds from gathering along the beach areas of the Housatonic River. These crowds often play loud music and leave behind large amounts of garbage. 

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