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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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Learning to love nature in an outdoor classroom

KENT — Kent Center School held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 7, to celebrate its outdoor classroom, with students from kindergarten to eighth grade in attendance.
Also there were community  members and political candidates Brian Ohler, who is running for re-election as state representative for the 64th District; his opponent, Maria Horn; and David Lawson, who is running for state senator for the 30th District.
Josh Swzed, who is a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at the school, was the master of ceremonies. 

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Grading discussion: June 19

KENT — Kent Center School Principal Florence Budge was twice recognized for her service to Kent Center School (KCS) at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 6, in anticipation of her retirement at the end of the school year. 
Budge has been principal at KCS since 2012.
On behalf of state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) and himself, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) presented Budge with an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly. 

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It was a smokin’ hot time at the annual Firemen’s Ball

KENT — Held under two huge tents, the Kent Firemen’s Ball was once again one of the largest, and most enjoyable, social events of the year.
Tables were set for 340 guests, but the final count was closer to 275.
There was an unending variety of appetizers and hors d’ouevres. Music was provided by a live trio. It all led to great cheer as old friendships were renewed and new ones were made. 
The open-sided tents gave it much the feel of a lively outdoor dinner party.

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Concerns raised about Dover’s Cricket Valley

KENT — A crowd of about 40 people from Kent and neighboring towns attended the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, June 5. The topic of Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) was on the agenda.
CVEC, currently under construction in Dover, N.Y., is a natural-gas power plant that will generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity once it becomes operational in 2020. The facility’s close proximity to northwest Connecticut towns had sparked concern over how emissions from this plant will affect air quality in the region.

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Patience, luck and more lead to new homes

KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) celebrated the completion of five new apartments at its Stuart Farms location with a grand opening ceremony on Friday, June 1.  
Since its founding in 1990, KAH has steadily built affordable housing units in the community. The Stuart Farms apartments are the latest addition, bringing the total number of low-rental apartments in Kent to 34.
The new units are in addition to the five original residences on the site, for a total of 10 apartments at Stuart Farms. 

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New affordable residences open June 1

KENT  — Tour the new affordable apartments of Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) on Friday, June 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. 
The Stuart Farm apartments are at 15 Maple St. Extension, not far from the firehouse. 
The new units have been in the works for five years and complement the five apartments that became available in 2012. Those original five residences are two two-bedroom units, two single-level units and one handicap-accessible apartment. 

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Mott will be new Kent Center School principal

KENT — The Kent Board of Education unanimously approved the promotion of teacher Michelle Mott to the position of Kent Center School principal at a special meeting on Friday, May 25.  
Presently serving as a fourth-grade teacher and the school’s assistant principal, Mott will sign a three-year contract to begin on July 1.

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Healing moments in memory of lost loved ones

KENT — Cloudy skies and cool temperatures — but no rain — graced the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  
Veterans, dressed in their military best participated in the parade along with the Kent Center School (KCS) marching band, which played patriotic music throughout the morning-long ceremony.
The first stop along the parade route was the cemetery at Saint Andrew’s Church. The Rev. Dr. David McIntosh offered a heartfelt prayer: “May barriers crumble and hatred disappear.”

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First ‘Second Saturday’ raises hopes for the second

KENT — As with pancakes, sometimes the first one out of the pan is just a test. Such was the case with the first Second Saturday at the Kent Barns shopping complex in the center of town. One might have called it a “dry run” except for the fact that it was damp and chilly on May 12. 
Businesses and galleries had events set up (and samplings of wine) for the few visitors who did venture out on the cool evening.

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Kent budget moves to May 18 vote

KENT — Kent residents gathered at Town Hall on Friday, May 4, for the annual hearing on the proposed education and municipal budgets for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The total proposed amount is $12,869,312, an overall increase of 0.5 percent, or $62,845, over this year’s budget.
Municipal expenditures amount to $3,546,818, an increase of 2.8 percent, or $97,124. This accounts for 27.6 percent of the overall operating budget. 

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