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KENT — As a young man, fresh out of college and living in New York City, Otto Penzler got the idea that he wanted to read a book called “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”

He went to a bookstore and was told it was out of print.

Penzler didn’t know what that meant. He was directed to a dense concentration of used bookshops on 4th Avenue.

“Twelve blocks, 96 bookshops,” he said recently in the living room of his home in Kent.

He found a copy for $10, which was a lot of money around 1963. It was even more considering...

Kent

Town must make up for state aid shortfalls

KENT — The Board of Finance in Kent voted to make cuts to the proposed municipal budget in an effort to keep the mill rate increase to a minimum. The vote was taken at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 3.
“The mill rate is higher than we anticipated due to an increase in town spending,” said finance board Chairman Mark Sebetic. 
“This increase in spending is due to a malfunction of the state, not a mismanagement of funds by the town,” he added.

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Marshall steps up to head KML

KENT — Sarah Marshall has been named the new director of the Kent Memorial Library, replacing Donna Miller, who will retire this year. 
Marshall will begin in her new position on April 2. She has been a director of Children’s Services for more than 11 years at the library and a resident of Kent for 23 years. She combines her experience in the KML Junior Room with 13 years working as a teacher-administrator in area private schools, according to a press release from the library.

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Finance member opposes ed budget

KENT — Kent’s total education costs will increase by .76 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, according to the proposed budget presented to the Board of Finance (BOF) on Tuesday, March 20.
Despite the modest increase, Board of Finance member Ed Epstein said he will vote against it.

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In the market for a spring day

It was an understated Shop Hop weekend in Kent, from March 23 to 25. At least the weather was moderate, perfect for cruising the Main Street in search of gifts and essentials. Twenty-one businesses took part, as did the Easter Bunny.  Customers sampled Beekman Goat products at Kent Pharmacy.

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Salaries will be reviewed

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams presented the proposed municipal spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year to the Board of Finance at its regular meeting  on Tuesday, March 20.
The total expenditures amount to $12,990,005, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $132,817, over the current budget. 
Health insurance was a main factor in the overall increase, with a 12 percent rise, or $14,169.

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Hippety-hoppy

The Easter Bunny chatted with youngsters at Kent Town Center during Shop Hop weekend, left. An egg hunt, above, was something of a free-for-all.
 

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Downhill racers

KENT — Kent Cub Scout Pack 11 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday afternoon, March 11 (a snow date reschedule; the derby had originally been planned for the week before).
Six Cub Scouts, five Boy Scouts and three parents participated in the derby, held as always at the parish house of the Kent Congregational Church.
The top three finishers in terms of speed were, in first place  Mason Collins, in second place Lincoln Kennedy and in third place Charlie Collins.

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Telling tales of town’s farming heritage

KENT — Farming was not just a way to earn a living, it was a way of life. In a Sunday Series talk presented by the Kent Historical Society (KHS) on Sunday, March 18, town residents shared their memories of farm life in Kent during the mid-20th century.
Diane Camp created a slide show of old photos and anecdotes of her family’s farm on Camps Flat Road. 

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Seeking harmony in town affairs in Kent

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams commented on the budget plan for fiscal year 2018-19 at the regular monthly meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, March 6. 
“The initial increase in the cost of health care was 19.2 percent, but it is now anticipated to be around 12 percent,” he said. The town currently uses Aetna as its health insurance provider, and is considering switching to a state plan, Connecticut Partnership 2.0, for further cost savings.

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Students show their inventiveness

KENT — As always, the projects dreamed up by students at Kent Center School for the annual Inventors Fair were more than just clever creations. They touched on issues in the news and showed a beautifully mature sensitivity to the problems that affect the daily lives of the children and their loved ones.

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