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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

BOE’s first budget draft shows 2.1% increase

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KENT — The Board of Education first draft budget for 2012-13 was presented at a meeting held on March 1.
The budget is made up of two parts: Kent Center School (KCS) projected expenditures and Kent’s contribution to Region One School District expenditures. The regional budget is shared by all six towns in the region and is voted on in a referendum in spring. The draft of that budget can be found online at www.region1schools.org. Each town’s contribution is based on the number of students enrolled at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the prior October.

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New tax relief program aids disabled, elderly

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KENT — A new program to assist elderly and disabled home­owners with their real estate taxes was approved at a town meeting on March 1. About 24 people, including press, attended the meeting.

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At library, the lives of the 1 percent in literature

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KENT — “Tales of the 1 percent” is the theme for this spring’s book discussions at the Kent Memorial Library, led by Betty Krasne.
All the books to be read and discussed will focus on the lives of those at the top of the economic pyramid.
The group will meet at the library on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
“In previous years, many of the books under discussion have examined the grim underbelly of life, either in the United States or abroad,” Krasne said.

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Save Campbell’s labels for school

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KENT — The Arts Alive program at Kent Center School is coordinating Campbell’s Labels for Education Program to benefit all of the school’s classrooms.
The Labels for Education Program has awarded free art, athletic and academic merchandise to schools for more than 38 years. Campbell’s has provided over $114 million in free merchandise in exchange for proof of purchase labels from the company’s products.

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Kent Hotshots advance to state contest

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KENT — Four Kent youngsters will compete in the state Hotshots Contest in Stratford on March 25. They are the winners of the Kent Hotshots contest held at Kent Center School on Feb. 25.
The annual Hotshots contest is sponsored by the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association. Locally, it is supervised by Lesly Ferris, director of Kent’s Park and Recreation department.

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Whitened perspectives

A cemetery in Kent, above, is quiet after a snow fall on Friday, Feb. 24.

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Delaney delights at Kent Memorial Library talk

‘Let me tell you a story ...’
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KENT — Frank Delaney, Irish-born novelist, broadcaster, journalist and screenwriter, now a Kent resident, spoke at the Kent Memorial Library (KML) on Feb. 11. He was there to read from and sign copies of his latest book, released last month, “The Last Storyteller.” More than 50 people turned out to hear and meet him.
This book is the last in a trilogy that also includes “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show” and “The Matchmaker of Kenmare.”

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Slip sliding away at library party

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Young and old enjoyed the ice at the Kent Memorial Library’s family ice skating party at the Kent School rink on Feb. 19. This annual event raises money to support the library’s junior reading room for young readers.

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No ice to watch this year

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KENT — Due to the absence of an ice covering on the Housatonic River in Kent this year, the annual Ice Watch will be replaced by a 50/50 drawing for people who purchased tickets. The Ice Watch is a fundraiser for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD).
According to Susie Rundall, who has worked on the Ice Watch committee for about 40 years, there is a 50/50 drawing in years when there is no ice. This year the drawing will be held at the fire department’s annual dinner, to be held at The Kent School in March.

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New tarps in store for KML book sale tables

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library requested a $5,000 grant from the Board of Selectmen (BOS) to purchase new tarps to cover the book tables left outdoors during the annual warm-weather book sale. Tarps are used to cover the book tables at night and in rainy weather.
According to First Selectman Bruce Adams, “The current old tarps are commonly referred to as ‘body bags on Main Street’.”

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