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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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Flash-thaw jams Housatonic River at Bull’s Bridge

KENT — The Housatonic River flooded its banks on Saturday, Jan. 13, following recent warm temperatures and rain that caused ice on the river to break up and form ice jams. These jams prevented water from flowing, causing the river to swell and spill onto roadways and properties. 
“Water will always find the path of least resistance,” said Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who has been in town to help deal with the situation.  

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Flash-thaw jams Housatonic River at Bull’s Bridge

KENT, Conn. — The Housatonic River flooded its banks on Saturday, Jan. 13, following recent warm temperatures and rain that caused ice on the river to break up and form ice jams. These jams prevented water from flowing, causing the river to swell and spill onto roadways and properties. 
“Water will always find the path of least resistance,” said Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who has been in town to help deal with the situation.  

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New ventures for children at Kent Center

KENT — The Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. 
Former board member and chairman Allan Priaulx was in attendance to be recognized for his service during his six-year term from 2011 to 2017. Current Chairman Martin Lindenmayer presented Priaulx with a framed certificate, and the Kent Center School (KCS) staff presented him with a gift basket. Priaulx was credited for creating a board culture where KCS teachers were recognized for and supported in their hard work as educators.  

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State funds in hand, village upgrades can begin

KENT — Mike Everett, chairman of the Streetscape Committee, gave a report at the Jan. 2 meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen on next steps in making upgrades to the village center.
 “The most critical areas that need to be addressed are the irregular and inconsistent sidewalks and curbs,” he said. “We need to define where the sidewalks end and where the street begins, and we need to make the sidewalks safe for everyone to use, particularly people with mobility issues.”

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Firearms store to open

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams reported at the Jan. 2 meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen that a firearms retail store is planned for a space next to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 
Adams has received a permit application for the shop. Approval is at the discretion of the first selectman, according to state statute.
“After consulting with the town attorney, there is no logical or legal reason why I should not or could not give this application my signature of approval,” he said. 

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Say it ain’t snow …

Once again, the weather was the big news story. The cold temperatures that came with the new year had created black ice that was perfect for outdoor skating; but with the heavy snow on Thursday, Jan. 4, many of those outdoor rinks disappeared. Snow totals for the area varied. 
The National Weather Service reported 15 inches in Winsted, 7 inches in Falls Village, 11 inches in Norfolk and 10.8 inches at Cornwall Bridge. 
Plow company employees said they saw as much as 12 to 16 inches in some areas.

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In Kent, the sweet smell of gingerbread success

KENT — The votes from December have been tallied and the winning entries in Kent’s annual gingerbread house competition have been selected.
The judges are anonymous; their votes were collected and tallied by the also-anonymous Ginger Judges.

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Welcoming change with open arms

KENT — Traditions and routine are deeply rooted in small New England towns, but that doesn’t mean change has to be hard. The First Congregational Church in Kent has warmly received its new transitional minister, Abby Gackenheimer, following the departure of minister Melissa Keck after 24 years of service. 
“This congregation views change as a chance, not a challenge,” Gackenheimer said, characterizing the heartfelt welcome she has received from the community.

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From a ladybug: change is OK

KENT — In Kent, Vincent LaFontan is perhaps best known as a former selectman and as the owner of Mountain View Farm, along with his wife, Maria. 
In addition to those accomplishments, LaFontan is also an accomplished storyteller. His book for children, “Farmhouse Ladybug,” has just been released.
LaFontan learned to tell stories while working in the after-school program at the New Milford Youth Agency (NMYA), where he was employed from 1994 to 2004. 

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Kent Historical Society’s trip back in time sheds light on life in 2017

KENT — The first Holiday Historic House Tour, presented by the Kent Historical Society, happened under blue skies on Sunday, Dec. 10 — with a new blanket of snow to punctuate the winter theme. 
Seven houses were opened for the tour, each with its own special character and history. 
Many have been renovated to accommodate 21st-century owners, but the work on all of them was done with an eye to preserving the original character of the house; many of the original elements have been carefully maintained. 

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