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KENT — John Higby, the “Yo-Yo Guy,”  brought his yo-yos and his show to the Kent Memorial Library on Wednesday, Aug. 7. 

The game room at the library was packed full of children and parents. All seemed to be equally astounded by the show, a nonstop, full hour of yo-yo tricks and comedy that kept the audience enthralled. 

Higby kept many different  yo-yos going, often with several in motion at once. He flicked them around and did tricks while lying on the floor or behind his back, or while balancing on a huge rolling yo-yo. He kept...

Kent

Flat Stanley makes a point

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KENT — Before making his budget presentation to the Board of Finance (BOF) on March 20, First Selectman Bruce Adams introduced Flat Stanley to all those present.
Flat Stanley was mailed to Adams by Natalie, a student at the South End School in Southington, Conn. Her teacher, Christy Michalak, wrote Adams to explain that her students are studying the state as part of their social studies curriculum. Each student chose a town or city to research.

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Park & Rec programs for all ages are offered this spring

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KENT — Lesly Ferris, director of Kent Park and Recreation (P&R), announced a very busy spring schedule, with activities and lessons for town residents of all ages.
Information and registration forms for all activities can be found online at www.kentctparkandrecreation.com, or call 860-927-1003.
Baseball
Little League Minors baseball for youngsters ages 9 to 12 (as of April 30) includes play against other Little League Minors teams from Region One towns and nearby New York state.

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Walton headliner at show April 4

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KENT —Singer/songwriter (and former Marvelwood School teacher) Tracy Walton will perform April 4 in a fundraiser for Survive the Drive S.A.V.E.S. Teens (Support Automotive Violence-Education Services) national campaign.
The concert will be held at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk and begins at 7 p.m.
Walton’s debut album, “Brand New Again,” was released in October 2011. To learn more about the acoustically rich, blues-inspired album, go online to www.tracywaltonmusic.com.

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Fast times at the Cub Scout Pack 11 Pinewood Derby

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KENT — With the racetrack at Lime Rock Park not yet open for the season, Kent’s Cub Scout Pack 11 stepped into the breach, offering race fans the annual Pinewood Derby.
The races were held on March 17 at the First Congregational Church and were attended by a crowd of more than 50 people.
For first-grade Tiger Scouts, Aiden Cherniske finished first with an average time of 2.457 seconds. The second-grade Wolves saw Brennan Wilkins finish first at 2.389. Third-grade Bear Cub Scout Coultrip Branson was the leader in his division at 2.573.

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Kent School moves into 21st century

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KENT — Tradition is important at a school that’s been around for more than a century. But so is innovation, and the Rev. Richardson Schell, headmaster of the 106-year-old Kent School, is helping steer the institution forward to meet the challenges and opportunities that the future offers.
Schell came to Kent School as the chaplain in 1980 and was appointed headmaster in 1981.
Digital learning and creating a green campus are among the initiatives the school is working on.

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Crossing the border and living the dream

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KENT — Author Sergio Troncoso’s family moved from their native Mexico across the border into Texas in the 1920s and their children in many ways fulfilled all the elements of the American dream. He graduated from Harvard, earned degrees in international relations at Yale and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Mexico.
He has been inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Laura, an international banker specializing in Latin America, and their two sons Aaron, 17, and Isaac, 14, live in New York City and Kent.

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Under new headmaster, Marvelwood reaches out

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KENT — Arthur Goodearl is now more than halfway through his first year as head of school at the Marvelwood School. He replaced outgoing head Scott Pottbecker, moving onto campus and into his new job last July.
Marvelwood is an independent preparatory school for students in grades nine to 12. It is now located at the top of Skiff Mountain, although the school was originally in Cornwall on the former campus of Rumsey Hall. The school was founded in 1956 and moved to Kent in 1995.

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Kent student, faculty achievements

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KENT — Students at Kent Center School (KCS) raised $2,000 for the American Heart Association through their annual Jump Rope for Heart event.
Oganized by Marci Saunders, the event had 100 percent student participation, according to a written report to the Kent Board of Education presented March 1 by Principal Rima McGeehan.

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Students tell BOE their concerns about education in town, region

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KENT — Two students who live in Kent and attend Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) were invited to speak to Board of Education members at their March 1 meeting.
HVRHS seniors Kathy Worthington and Makayla Feuhr talked about how well they feel their education at Kent Center School (KCS)prepared them for high school, and they also shared their assessments of the high school.
Both students felt there are serious issues at both schools which need to be addressed.

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Historical Society moving to new home in old building

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KENT — The Kent Historical Society is moving to a new home, in an appropriately old building.
Executive Director Margaret Smith said the society is in the midst of moving from Swift House, on Route 341 just east of Route 7, to the recently acquired Tallman House property on Studio Hill Road north of the town center.
In 1978 the Historical Society inherited Seven Hearths, which was built in 1751. It took several years for the work to get under way but the society is now restoring the home and converting it to a museum.

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