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KENT — Marie Yovanovitch was known as Masha in Kent, where she grew up and where she had her elementary school education (at Kent Center School) and her high school education (at the independent Kent School, where both her parents were language professors).

Yovanovitch, the fired U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, first came to international attention on Oct. 11 when she testified in a closed hearing as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry. 

Bob Ober remembers her parents well, from his days as director of development for Kent School (from...

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Humor and tales from Buckley and Morris

KENT — Kent’s House of Books hosted Christopher Buckley and Sylvia Morris on Saturday, Nov. 2, to celebrate the publication of Edmund Morris’ biography, “Edison.”
A longtime resident of Kent, Edmund Morris passed away in May 2019. He was the 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner for his biography of Theodore Roosevelt and he was author of the biography of Ronald Reagan, “Dutch,” published in 1999.

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Cakes, pies & crafts at maker/baker sale

KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) presented its 14th annual autumn event on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. Billed as a bakery special event, with donations from many local makers, the event also brought in crafts of all kinds with all proceeds going to benefit KAH. 
The event opened on Friday to customers who had purchased a $30 early admission ticket. KAH was “very pleased with the turnout of 30 shoppers” and substantial sales. 

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Candidates make their case in Kent first selectman forum

Listening and remembering at WSS vigil

KENT — Women’s Support Services hosted its annual candlelight vigil on Thursday, Oct. 17, in harmony with the national observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 
Women’s Support Services (WSS), which is based in Sharon, serves the victims of domestic violence and abuse here in northwest Connecticut and surrounding areas. 

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Holiday shopping season begins with Art from the Heart

KENT — It’s only October but already there are craft fairs and artisan sales offering wares worthy of year-end holiday gifts.  
One such fair was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the firehouse in Kent to benefit the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. 
Billed as the Art from the Heart craft fair, vendors were there with a variety of small items that would make lovely stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more.

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A foxy strut

Lans Christensen snapped this photo of what appears to be a gray fox on Cobble Road in Kent on Saturday, Oct. 12. Gray foxes, found in Connecticut, are similar in size to red foxes but lack the white tip on their tails and are typically nocturnal.

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Hazy morning amble

Photographer Lans Christensen spotted this pair of deer on Kent’s Cobble Road in the mist on Saturday morning, Oct. 5. He noted the new antlers on the head of the buck and said that these young males are sometimes called  “pretzel heads,”which is a reference to their “compact new rack.”Deer hunting season in Connecticut began in mid September and continues until the end of December. Hunters are required to wear fluorescent orange garments; hikers are advised to do the same.

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Kent prepares for new Schaghticoke recognition bid

KENT — There are concerns that the Schaghticoke Indians will once again seek federal recognition, which could lead to members demanding the return of tribal lands (primarily properties now owned by the town, the Kent School and Connecticut Light and Power) and to the possibility of a casino being opened in town.
Attorney Jeff Sienkiewicz attended a meeting of Kent’s Board of Selectmen on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, to share some history and give an update on what could happen in the year to come.

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CAMA’s annual Fall Fest goes full steam ahead in Kent

KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) held its 35th annual Fall Festival in Kent from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29. 
Unanimous reviews were “best ever,” due in no small part to the perfect weekend-long weather. 
Crowds piled into the CAMA grounds just north of the center of town on Route 7. Tractor-drawn shuttles helped get the visitors from the parking fields below back up to the festival. 

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Hearing is closed on convalescent home

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning Commission closed the public hearing on the proposed convalescent center on Carter Road at its special hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26. 
This was the third hearing at which the center was discussed. Vincent Roberti and his two sons, Dan and Vin, are proposing converting their large, private home on the road to a recovery center for adult professionals recovering from addiction.  

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