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KENT — This year’s Kent Memorial Library fundraiser, held at  Birch Top Farm, was promoted as a Top of the World party. The location was as close as one can get in South Kent to living up to the name. The property is within a foot or two of the 1,200 foot summit of Geer Mountain. 

There, on Saturday, June 22, Lisa and Bill Hoadley hosted the library party and auction, and what a party it was. A close estimate put the registered guest list at 325, and a steady stream of unregistered, and equally welcome, guests brought the number closer to 350. 

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Kent

Shoppers in a bubbly mood at Kent’s Champagne Stroll

KENT — More than 200 people signed up in advance for the sixth annual Kent Champagne Stroll, a two-day holiday festival sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Despite all the early registrationed particpants, the walk-in registration lines were also lengthy.
Merchants throughout townhelped shoppers get in a merry mood by pouring Champagnes and other bubbly wines into slim plastic flutes that were handed out at the registration table. 

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Reunited during memorial of 1918 Armistice Day

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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A true Halloween treat for library car winners

KENT — The winners of this year’s Kent Memorial Library car raffle are Jim and Ida Ucci of Mahopac Falls, N.Y. The drawing was held on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 28. The prize was a 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster.
“Halloween is our lucky day!” Ida Ucci said when she came to pick up the auto three days after the drawing. 
“We moved into a new house 46 years ago on Halloween and today, Halloween, we are picking up our winning Bimmer!” 

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Making Kent a better place to live, one pie at a time

KENT — A “frenzy of activity” is how Virginia Bush Suttman described the public opening of Kent Affordable Housing’s (KAH) Makers and Bakers Market on Saturday morning, Nov. 3, at St. Andrew’s parish hall in Kent. 
The prior evening, Friday, Nov. 2, featured a gala preview party where craft beers and wine flowed freely and an assortment of homemade and Kent-made food products were enjoyed by about 50 attendees.

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On the fast track to the altar

KENT — At the awards ceremony for the 42nd annual Kent Pumpkin Run on Sunday, Oct. 28, Matt Monroe took the opportunity to propose to his love, Kendall Lyons. She said, “Yes!” Not even her second-place finish among the women racers could match that moment. The cheers for them were the most excited of the day. It’ll be hard to beat that  in Pumpkin Run no. 43 … but who knows?
For a full report on the race and more photos, turn to Page A8.

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Kent becomes Stars Hollow once again

KENT — Kent once again morphed into the fictional town of Stars Hollow, home to the extraordinary “Gilmore Girls,” on Oct. 19 and 20. 
The occasion was the third Gilmore Girls Fan Fest. “Fan” hardly describes the passionately devoted followers of this television show, which ran from 2000 to 2007. Kent was aswarm with fest attendees — almost entirely women, from near and far, and of all ages. Though their numbers were large, they were almost all in small clusters of three or four, moving about town and the shops, and the fest venues.

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LaFontan and Purdy wed in Kent

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Huffing and chugging at CAMA

KENT — The three-day Fall Festival of the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association, Sept. 28 to 30, in Kent was blessed with autumn’s finest weather — and crowds that exceeded all estimates. 
The parked cars in the fields below stretched on seemingly endlessly. Happily, there were two tractors with wagons shuttling visitors back and forth from cars to fair. 

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Power plant concerns addressed by DEEP in Kent

KENT—Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials addressed a crowd of about 75 residents from Kent and surrounding towns regarding Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) in a meeting at Kent Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
 The meeting was convened by the recently formed citizen’s action group Western Connecticut Clean Air Action (WCCAA), comprised of individuals who are concerned about the power plant’s potential impact on regional air quality.

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Smoke in the air

Visitors to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s Fall Festival in Kent, Sept. 28 to 30, viewed operating traction engines, locomotives, gasoline-powered tractors and more. One young enthusiast tried his hand at a (non-operating) power shovel. Story, more photos, Huffing and chugging at CAMA.

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