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KENT — Region One Middle School and High School Athletic Director Anne MacNeil presented the Middle School Regional Athletics Proposal for the first time on Monday, Oct. 28.

Before the Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education and 26 citizens who attended, MacNeil’s PowerPoint presentation explained how the plan would affect Kent’s budget; the logistics of bus transportation for Kent student-athletes; and how declining enrollment and participation brought the region to this point. 

“This is liquid, we can figure it out,” said MacNeil as...

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Public hearing on budget will be May 4

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KENT — The Kent Board of Finance (BOF) will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 fiscal year town budgets on Friday, May 4, at Town Hall at 7 p.m.
The total proposed budget is $11,098,954, a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The proposed municipal budget is $2,819,171, 3 percent above this year.

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Auction, cocktails and support (lots of it) for literacy group

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KENT — Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) held its fourth annual fundraising gala on Friday, April 27, at the Morrison Gallery. More than 200 people attended the party, which raised approximately $40,000, according to LVG President Arri Sendzimir.
LVG is a nonprofit organization that helps fund English language instruction, basic reading skills and an introduction to American life and culture.
It serves Litchfield and northern Fairfield counties and also provides English as a Second Language classes, a family literacy program and other support initiatives.

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Historic farmhouse will soon be affordable housing

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KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) held an official “construction kick off” ceremony at the site of the future Stuart Farm Apartments on Maple Street Extension, on Friday, April 20.
More than 30 people attended including representatives from most of the organizations which provided financial and other support to the project.
Work has already begun on the renovation of an antique farmhouse into five affordable one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. The early stages of site improvements and demolition, foundations and framing are underway.

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Critters, stories teach children about saving ponds, planet

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KENT — In honor of Earth Day, an Environmental Story Hour was held at the Kent Memorial Library (KML) on Saturday, April 21. Its goal was to teach children the importance of conservation.
Carol Franken and Wendy Murphy, members of the Kent Conservation Commission, helped plan the program and were there to mingle with the youngsters and their parents.

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Mild opening day at Kent Falls beckons fishermen, swimmers

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KENT — The weather was exceptionally mild on opening day of the fishing season this year,  with no snow, ice or rain (as is so often the case). The state stocked the state park at Kent Falls with trout in advance of the first day (Saturday, April 21). Most of the fishermen (and women) had packed up and gone home by mid-day but  Peter Connors and his cousin, Joseph Miles, were still standing in the pools below the falls, trying to add to the two trout they had caught earlier in the day with the help of their uncle, Ron Miles.

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Medical panel describes, explains end-of-life ethics issues at seminar

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This is an extended version of an article that appears in the April 26, 2012, print edition of The Lakeville Journal.
KENT — Barbara Maltby, medical consultant and a member of Sharon Hospital’s Medical Ethics Committee, led a seminar at The Kent Specialty Care Center on Saturday morning, April 21. The topic was end-of-life issues for patients and their families, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

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Marvelwood in Kent makes list of ‘cool schools’

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KENT — The Marvelwood School was featured last week on the WFSB Channel 3 television morning show, in a segment called “Cool Schools.”
A news crew from the Hartford-based CBS affiliate visited the school earlier this month to interview students and teachers and focus on four special programs at the boarding school.
When asked why Marvelwood was chosen, Head of School Arthur Goodearl grinned and said, “Because we’re a cool school.”

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Civilian Conservation Corps returns

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The Kent Historical Society (KHS) will present a special program on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, featuring Charles Bigelow, age 92.
At age 18 in 1937, Bigelow was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He was assigned to Camp Macedonia Brook, and assisted in the building of the magnificent stone retaining walls in Macedonia State Park that are visible from the park road.
Bigelow will share his memories of building the walls in the park as well as life in the CCC camp.

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Budgets ready for hearing May 4

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KENT — At a meeting of the Board of Finance (BOF) on April 10, the municipal and education budget proposals were approved for forwarding to a public hearing on Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. at Town Hall in the downstairs meeting room.
The proposed total education budget is $6,585,329, a 2.15 percent increase over fiscal year 2011-12 (the new fiscal year begins July 1). That budget includes expected costs for Kent Center School ($3,997,378, a 3.13 percent increase over the current fiscal year) and for Kent’s contribution to the Region One School District ($2,587,951, a 0.67 percent increase).

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Regional board rep asked to give pros and cons

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KENT — Kent Center School Principal Rima McGeehan is out on maternity leave, so her monthly report to the Board of Education was read out loud at the board’s meeting April 3.
All Connecticut Mastery Tests, including absentee make-ups, were completed by March 23, according to the report.
The 10th annual Fourth Grade Arts Day was held on March 7 at The Hotchkiss School, presented by the Arts Fund for Region One. A committee led by Rima McGeehan with teachers from Region One and The Hotchkiss School organized the program.

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