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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.

The revamped student common room next to the dining room is snug but comfortable and inviting. It is dominated by a singularly interesting piece of art: a large depiction of a pterodactyl on one wall....

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Solving the world’s problems at Kent Presents

KENT — All those topics that have been keeping you up late at night worrying are going to be discussed at this year’s Kent Presents, which is happening in and around the campus of the Kent School from Thursday, Aug. 16,  to Saturday, Aug. 18. 
For those who haven’t experienced it yet, Kent Presents describes itself as an “ideas festival,” and it’s been held one August weekend each year since 2015.

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Task force forms on Cricket Valley

KENT — Area conservation groups concerned about the environmental impacts of the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) have agreed to form an independent multi-town task force to study the possible downwind effects of plant emissions.
The conservation commission members met at Kent Town Hall on Wednesday, July 18.
Although he said he was reluctant to head up the new task force, Mike Benjamin of Kent agreed to organize another meeting at which interested area residents can volunteer to serve. Linda Yannone of Sherman said she would help organize the meeting.

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Learning that fresh is always an option

KENT — Summer is the season of warm weather, sunshine and, of course, fresh local produce. 
In Litchfield County, agriculture is still a way of life for some families, and the fresh fruits and vegetables they grow grace farmstands that range from roadside tables to elaborate buildings to actual stores.
Yet despite the abundance of locally grown fare, many people are not taking advantage of what farms have to offer, opting for the grocery store instead of farmers  markets for their weekly food shopping.

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Fresh flavors of Korea in Namoo

KENT — Namoo Korean Restaurant, Kent’s newest eatery, opened its doors for business on Thursday,  June 21. Located in the Village Green shopping center across from Union Savings Bank, the restaurant has been well-received with an overall positive response from patrons.
Owners Chuck and Sarah Lee are originally from Korea. When they emigrated to the United States, they settled in New York City, where their three children were born.  Before opening Namoo, they managed the seafood departments at both Sharon Farm Market and the Bantam Market.

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Board of Ed’s new grading practices are a ‘huge shift’

KENT — Kent Center School (KCS) teachers and the Board of Education hosted a community forum on Tuesday, June 19, to explain to parents and community members the new grading practices that are being introduced at the school.
Grading has been a point of contention this past school year. Region One School District Superintendent Pamela Vogel introduced new grading practices the day before the beginning of school in August 2017, leaving teachers scrambling as they tried to understand, implement and explain the procedures to parents. 

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In search of the healing chaga mushroom

KENT — On bright, crisp winter days, Gerry Moerschell is likely to be snowshoeing through the forests in search of a prized treasure. He’s not looking for buried artifacts or hidden gold; he’s searching for chaga mushrooms.

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Free summer music series enlivens the Kent Green

KENT — Kent Park and Recreation presents free Concerts on the Lawn on July 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.  on the Green at Town Hall. The inclement-weather site is the Kent Community House.
The June 28 concert featured acoustic duo Heather and Tobias. 

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Farming, trips and more at Camp Kent’s day program

KENT — Registration for Camp Kent, a summer day camp program open to youngsters entering grades one through eight in the fall of 2018, is ongoing. 
Camp will run to Aug. 17, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emery Park, 42 Segar Mountain Road (Route 341) in Kent. The camp day includes sports and games, arts and crafts, snack and lunch time (campers provide their own) and swimming.

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Saturday protestors expressed hope for a happy ending

KENT — Families Belong Together is planning a nationwide day of protest Saturday, June 30. Unable to comply with that date, Kent residents Jane Zatlin and Janet Rivkin hastily, and effectively, arranged for Kent to participate with the national movement — albeit a week early. 
Mylar blankets, like those covering the masses of immigrant children separated from their families, became the symbol of the day at the protest on Falcon Field. 
Jane thought that laying them on the ground made a stronger statement than wearing them. 

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Sunny future awaits Kent Center School Class of 2018

KENT —The promotion ceremony for the Kent Center School Class of 2018 was held outside on Wednesday, June 20, and thanks to Principal Florence Budge and her positive thoughts, the cloudy skies never produced a drop of rain.
The 30 members of the class formed the processional and took their places to the traditional melody of “Pomp & Circumstance.” The Pledge of Allegiance and “The Star-Spangled Banner” followed as did a hearty welcome from Principal Budge — who confidently promised a rain-free event.

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