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KENT — Olivia LaFontan and Patrick Purdy announced their love in marriage on a beautiful, sunny day on Sept. 15.  The ceremony was held at the First Congregational Church in Kent where Olivia’s parents and Patrick’s grandparents were also married.  Sister of the bride Abigail LaFontan was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were friends Amy Aisenberg, Gillian O’Callaghan, Madeline Kabasakalian and Taylor Varrato.  Brother of the groom Wayne Purdy was the best man, and groomsmen were also brothers Nathaniel Purdy and John Purdy, and friends Brian...

Kent

The ice will stick around for a while

 KENT — Ice remains largely intact on the Housatonic River in Kent more than two weeks after an ice jam caused flooding on roadways and properties.
Warmer air temperatures and rain on Tuesday, Jan. 23, caused the north end of the 2-mile-long jam to erode 1,300 feet. 
“This is good news,” said state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who has been in town to help deal with the situation.

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Annual town meeting sums up a year of Kent events

KENT — The centuries-old tradition of the annual town meeting was continued on Thursday, Jan. 18, when a modest crowd gathered at Kent Town Hall.
The agenda was straightforward, and the meeting lasted about 25 minutes.
In a routine annual authorization, voters were asked to give the Board of Selectmen and the treasurer permission to borrow from time to time and upon the credit of the town funds for the needs of the town. All in attendance unanimously approved.  

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Ice jams and state spending caps

KENT — The Board of Finance in Kent met on Tuesday, Jan. 16. It was the first meeting since the municipal election in November 2017. Mark Sebetic was elected chairman and Jim Blackketter was elected vice chairman.
First Selectman Bruce Adams gave the board an update on the flooding in town created by a one-mile ice jam on the Housatonic River that caused the water level to rapidly rise, affecting roadways and properties.
“We’ve got a great team of people working together to manage the situation,” said Adams. 

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‘This is what democracy looks like’

KENT — On the one-year anniversary of both the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the million-strong Washington women’s march, Kent celebrated with its own Women’s March, as did towns and cities nationwide. 
Marchers slowly gathered at Kent Town Hall on Saturday morning, many carrying signs indicating their sentiments about  many issues, both personal and political.

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We protest

Protesters of all ages turned out Saturday in Kent, above, Salisbury and other area towns to express their feelings about a variety of issues. Stories, more photos, Women, men and children rose to protest on Saturday and ‘This is what democracy looks like’.

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The drone photos of the river

The photos below and on Page A9were taken by a drone on Saturday, Jan. 13, for the town of Kent by Xiaoye  “Able” Zhou, a student in the class of 2018 at the Marvelwood School in Kent.  
“Able was asked to  pilot his drone to help emergency management and Kent Volunteer Fire Department officials monitor the ice dam situations,” according to Marvelwood teacher Laurie Doss. 

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Water, flowing again, is expected to break ice jam

KENT — Warm air temperatures and flood-stage water levels in the Housatonic River were expected to break up the ice jams that have blocked the river in Kent for the past week. 
As of press time on Tuesday, the surface of the water was still mostly covered with frozen chunks of ice. Despite flood warnings for Litchfield County, the water level of the river in Kent had dropped 50 inches by Monday.

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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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