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KENT — Two ongoing projects in Kent are coming to an end, according to reports at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

 Sean Gilson owns a home on Kenico Road and he spoke at the meeting of his concerns about how long the roadwork there is taking. Renovation work started in late summer 2017 and includes regrading to correct a dip in the road and a steep incline. 

The project was delayed by several months at one point while the town waited on Eversource to move utility poles.

Gilson said he is also concerned about the...

Kent

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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All the comforts of home at church fair

KENT — This year’s Autumn Fest at Kent’s First Congregational Church was highlighted by a lavish display of quilts in the church sanctuary.  
More than 40 quilts, crafted by the church community, exemplified the creativity and craftsmanship of this art form. 
A good example was Nancy Brown’s quilt, “Attic Windows,” picturing a deer viewed from inside a home. 

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Kindling a love for ceramic arts with Clay Way

KENT — You needn’t be an art aficionado to enjoy the self-guided Clay Way 2018 Studio Tour on Oct. 6, 7 and 8. Organizers say the 14 potters (who will be located at nine different locations in Kent and surrounding towns) are opening their studios to those who want to buy, browse or simply enjoy refreshments and chat with the artists about their clay creations.

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Kent potter’s body of work bridges disciplines, cultures

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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Marvelwood has been transformed

KENT — Just before students returned to campus for the 2018 academic year, the Marvelwood School invited community members to come and tour the extensive renovations that were accomplished over the summer. 
A tour was offered on Friday, Sept. 7, of the four dormitories, student commons and the Science Labs that had been refurnished, redesigned and updated.

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Carnival a hit its first time out

KENT — Saturday, Sept. 1, saw the first, of what, it can be hoped, will be  many Kent Carnivals. 
The Kent thermostat was turned down to a very comfortable 75 degrees, and the number of attending families exceeded all expectations. 
Kent Memorial Library Director Sarah Marshall created the event “in the spirit if the old Fireman’s Fair,” which brought townspeople together for fun, food and community. 

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Vadnais will leave South Kent, Smith steps in

KENT — South Kent School announced last week that Head of School Andrew J. Vadnais is leaving after 20 years at the all-male boarding school for grades nine to 12. 
His last day was Aug. 27. A press release from the school said he will take a sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year. 
Lawrence A. Smith, a faculty child and a graduate in the class of 1973, will serve as interim head of school. 
Smith was a South Kent faculty member from 1978 to 1987, as well as a coach, director of admissions and dean of students. 

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