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KENT — In a fractured world, what could be more symbolic of the coming together of a community than a quilt, put together by a quilting group, for the benefit of a local nonprofit?

The Kent Quilters organized themselves in 2014. They wanted to revive the old tradition of groups of crafters coming together to spend some time, cut some fabric, stitch some squares together and share their thoughts on this, that and the other, and raise some money for a worthy organization.

The group now meets monthly. There are about 25 enthusiasts who take part, but new members are...

Kent

Shorts and singlets in the snow and cold at the Polar Bear Run

KENT — Last Sunday, Feb. 24, 292 hearty runners competed in the 35th annual Polar Bear Run. The 7.6 mile course circles Lake Waramaug and passes through New Milford, Washington and Kent. 
This year the runners braved 40-degree cold and drizzly conditions, with enough of a breeze to add to the shivers. 
You wouldn’t necessarily have known it from the runners’ attire, though. They wore everything from shorts and singlets to full foul-weather gear. 

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Second round of questions on Kent sidewalks

KENT — The Kent Streetscape Committee held its second public hearing about the controversial new sidewalk proposal, on Friday, Feb. 22. 
An additional hearing had been called for by the Board of Selectmen, which oversees the committee, after taxpayers raised questions regarding materials, drainage, and the duration, scope and cost of the project at the first hearing in January.

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New guiderails for Route 7

KENT — As part of an ongoing maintenance program this summer, new guiderails will be installed along Route 7 between the southern border of Kent and South River Road in Cornwall. The state-funded project was announced in February by the state Office of Transportation Maintenance.

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South Kent names new head of school

KENT — South Kent School has announced that after serving as interim head of school since autumn of 2018, Lawrence A. Smith has been elected as the ninth head of school. According to a release, Smith accepted the position following a unanimous positive vote by the school’s board of trustees at its recent winter meeting. 

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Public hearing for disputed sidewalk plan

KENT — It was a contentious Board of Selectmen’s meeting in Kent on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with frustrations spilling over into heated dialogue.
 A point of contention was the Streetscape Committee’s proposal to revitalize town sidewalks. 

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Details offer bigger picture of small town life

KENT — The annual town report for Kent is now available. The report highlights notable happenings, accomplishments and figures from fiscal year 2017-18.
First Selectman Bruce Adams mentions several important developments in town. Kent’s Welcome Center, complete with restrooms, an outdoor shower and water-bottle filling station, opened in the summer of 2017. By October of the same year, more than 270 showers had been taken, mostly by thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail as they passed through town.

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So far so good on Housatonic in Kent

KENT — Route 7 took a beating last week. Flooding caused by heavy rains closed the state highway in several spots, including North Canaan near Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation and, farther south, in Kent.
In Kent, the road was closed at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and was still not open by Monday, Jan. 28. The state Department of Transportation was expected to open it again on Monday afternoon.

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Stars align for new sidewalks in Kent

KENT — Kent’s Streetscape Committee presented a plan for the revitalization of town sidewalks at a well-attended hearing on Thursday, Jan. 17, immediately following the annual town meeting.
The committee has been working over the last several years to develop a plan to replace and improve the current asphalt sidewalks, which are deteriorating. In many places the sidewalks have inadequate or no curbing, the surface is rough and uneven, and some areas are fairly narrow.  

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Quick work at Kent town meeting

KENT — Kent taxpayers convened for the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. A crowd of about 75 people was in attendance; most were there to listen to a presentation by the Streetscape Committee about sidewalks, at a hearing that immediately followed the town meeting.
The town meeting lasted for 15 minutes, with three items on the agenda. 
First, taxpayers voted to accept the annual town report and audited financial statement for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018.

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Power in numbers as Kent women hold a protest

KENT — The cold clear morning was warmed by the enthusiasm of more than a hundred marchers in Kent on Saturday, Jan. 19.
 Organizer Jane Zatlin had invited “ Women, men , children, pets, all welcome.” Indeed, all those were represented. 
Promptly at 10 a.m., Zatlin offered words of welcome,saying “I was hoping to feel victorious for having won 40 seats in the House, but since posting this event, so much has happened.” 

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