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KENT — The recently completed Veterans Memorial in Kent was bathed in sunlight on Sunday,  Nov. 11, as town residents marked the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the exact moment when the armistice was signed, putting an end to World War I — a full century ago. 

American Legion Post No. 153 Commander Martin Lindenmayer welcomed everyone who came out for the ceremony on Veterans Day. In particular, he thanked the Kent Veterans Committee and the Kent Conservation Commission for their contributions to the memorial. 

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Kent budget moves to May 18 vote

KENT — Kent residents gathered at Town Hall on Friday, May 4, for the annual hearing on the proposed education and municipal budgets for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The total proposed amount is $12,869,312, an overall increase of 0.5 percent, or $62,845, over this year’s budget.
Municipal expenditures amount to $3,546,818, an increase of 2.8 percent, or $97,124. This accounts for 27.6 percent of the overall operating budget. 

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Efforts in Kent to fight addiction

KENT — Kent Land Use Administrator Donna Hayes reported to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, May 1, that the public hearing on the Birch Hill addiction recovery center will continue in Hartford on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. 
The hearing began in April. If approved, Birch Hill would be an 85-bed for-profit drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility. It would open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St.
At the May 10 session, the Birch Hill medical director will speak. 

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April showers, Arbor Day, bring dogwoods

KENT — April showers dampened the tree-planting ceremony and brought Kent Center School’s Arbor Day celebration indoors. 
But the interdisciplinary celebration was enthusiastically shared by students, faculty, parents and friends — and the tree was probably happy to get such a thorough soaking. 
Christopher Rose greeted the crowd and reminded all of the history of Arbor Day. Officially this year was the 131st Arbor Day. 

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Raftery will be voice of Kent at Region One

The Kent Board of Education has named its new representative to the Region One board, replacing Jonathan Moore, who resigned earlier this year. 
At the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, May 2, Stephanie Raftery was appointed to represent Kent on the regional board,which meets in Falls Village and oversees Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the central  regional administrative offices and Pupil Services (special education). 

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Bach to blues at Kent Center School

Kent Center School students gave a show of their musical progress at the spring concert on Thursday, May 3. They presented a wide selection of music, from Bach and Beethoven to Leonard Cohen and Celtic airs. The Senior Strings, from left, Odessa Trabuco, Zoey Greenbaum and Kayla Archiere.

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Grapes raise funds for Land Trust

KENT — On a perfect spring evening, more than 200 people turned out for the Kent Land Trust’s eighth annual wine tasting, held again in the Kent Barns complex, at Natalie and Greg Randall’s elegant shop, R.T. Facts. 
Two of three related events were held on Saturday, May 5. This year, a third event was added to the weekend, with a special session dedicated to 2013 Barolos on Friday, May 4.

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Crash in Kent kills Salisbury resident

KENT — Deanna Lynn Silvernail, 22, of Lakeville died in a two-car crash that occurred on Skiff Mountain Road in Kent on Friday, May 4, at about 7 p.m.
The driver of the car in which Silvernail was a passenger was Shelby Roger, 25, of Salisbury. Roger was taken by LifeStar helicopter to Hartford Hospital.
Also in the car at the time of the crash was Angela Brazzale, 26, of Salisbury. She was taken by Sharon EMS to Sharon Hospital.

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Car crash in Kent kills Salisbury resident

KENT — Deanna Lynn Silvernail, 22, of Lakeville died in a two-car crash that occured on Skiff Mountain Road in Kent on Friday, May 4, at about 7 p.m.

Public budget hearing May 4

KENT — Taxpayers in the town of Kent are encouraged to attend the budget public hearing at Town Hall on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.
Questions about the proposed municipal and education spending plans can be asked at the hearing and changes can be made to the proposals. Once the budgets go to town meeting, they can only be turned down and reduced. 
The proposed combined education and municipal spending total for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1) is $12,869,312, a .49 percent increase over the current budget (which is $12,806,467).

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Strong stand against Central Office

KENT — The Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education hosted a public forum on grading practices on Thursday, April 26. 
The forum was a platform for parents, teachers, community members and the board to ask questions, express concerns, and discuss desires for the elementary school’s future. 

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