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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.  

“Over the years we have used a patch approach for fixing sidewalks,”...

Kent

Husband and wife team up on teeth

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KENT — Kent residents — and dentists — George and Jill Hetson are perfect examples of the old adage, “Life takes unexpected turns.”
As a young man, George lived in New Jersey and commuted to work as a paint chemist in a New York City paint factory. His future wife’s father was a chemical salesman who came to the paint factory, and as George says, “sold me ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and his daughter, in that order.”

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New home for Historical Society

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KENT — The Kent Historical Society has found a new home, in an appropriately old house.
Seven Hearths is a Colonial-era home on Route 7 about two miles north of Kent center, built in 1751 by John Beebe Jr.
It was purchased in 1919 by George Laurence Nelson, who lived there until his death in 1978. Nelson bequeathed his beloved home and property (which is on the National Register of Historic Houses) to the Kent Historical Society, which lists the property on its website as its “prized possession.”

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Row, row, row your canoe — to work

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KENT — Kent Center School assistant teacher Pattie Heaton is a determined person and a conscientious educator. So when the roads flooded recently, making it impossible for her to drive to work, she grabbed a paddle and found an alternate route.
She and her husband, Kevin, live on Route 7, south of the traffic light. When the Housatonic River overflows, Heaton said their home feels like it’s submerged in the river.

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Affordable housing for elderly has 35th birthday party

Templeton Farms
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KENT — The Templeton Farms apartment complex celebrated a significant milestone this year as it turned 35.
More than 70 residents, current and former town officials, administrative staff and community members gathered at the Kent Senior Center on Sunday, Sept. 18, to have a party in honor of the complex’s anniversary.
Kent Village Housing for the Elderly (KVHE), the nonprofit owner of Templeton Farms, was formed in 1974. Construction of the 24-unit complex was completed in 1976. The complex offers senior housing for low- to moderate-income residents age 62 and older.

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Kent Kitchen Works offers one-stop shopping for homes

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KENT —After many years in the interior design business working in the hospitality industry and on corporate housing, Jeffrey and Trish Namm opened their own business, Kent Kitchen Works, in October 2008.
This husband-and-wife team has a showroom that offers home owners one-stop shopping for designs and ideas for their kitchens and bathrooms.

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Town digs in to procure solar arrays

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KENT — At the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Sept. 6, a motion was passed approving four contracts with DCS Energy to provide four solar arrays at no out-of-pocket cost to the town. It is estimated each of the four solar arrays will save the town $200 to $225 per month.
At the end of five years, the town will take ownership of the arrays. They will be installed at the town garage, transfer station, sewer treatment plant and at Town Hall.
The town will be responsible for digging trenches for installation of each array, which will be done by the town crew.

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Kent School revives equine tradition

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KENT — Nearly two decades ago the Grand Prix field at The Kent School was a proving ground for area riders. Over the years it has been supplanted by newer venues to the west and south. Now, this Saturday, Sept. 17, marks the return of a classic show jumping competition here with the Grand Prix field taking center stage.
The Double Clear Jumper Show will be held at the Kent School stables at the top of Skiff Mountain Road in Kent. The school hosts USEA Area 1 horse trials in the spring and fall, but this will be the first time there has been an open horse show in more than 15 years.

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Backcountry going strong after 17 years

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KENT — Since 1994, Backcountry Outfitters has been a presence in Kent in one form or another. Owners Anne McAndrew and David Fairty’s first business in Kent was located on the Green, near the IGA.
In 2001 they moved to the space now occupied by the Morrison Gallery. In 2006, they purchased a former bank building on Bridge Street, where they remain to this day.
Theirs is a story of two businesspeople who understand the need to continually adapt in order to keep pace with changing trends and business conditions.

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Dog days

Leo, a 14-month-old Goldendoodle, relaxed with his owner, Kathleen Lindenmayer of Kent, at a table in front of Kent Coffee and Chocolate Co. on Friday, Aug. 26.

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Kent Apothecary

Service with a smile, and affordable prices
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KENT — Peter D’Aprile is not the average pharmacy owner. He is a registered pharmacist who also earned an MBA. His professional health and business school backgrounds work together to take the Kent pharmacy scene in new directions.

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