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KENT — The recently completed Veterans Memorial in Kent was bathed in sunlight on Sunday,  Nov. 11, as town residents marked the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the exact moment when the armistice was signed, putting an end to World War I — a full century ago. 

American Legion Post No. 153 Commander Martin Lindenmayer welcomed everyone who came out for the ceremony on Veterans Day. In particular, he thanked the Kent Veterans Committee and the Kent Conservation Commission for their contributions to the memorial. 

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30th District GOP hosts candidates at breakfast gathering

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KENT — The 30th District Republicans sponsored a breakfast on June 23 at the Fife ’n Drum restaurant. The purpose of the gathering was to introduce candidates for the Republican nomination for the 5th U.S. Congressional District election in 2012. Hartford attorney Brian Hill, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2012, also attended.

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Class of 2011 celebrates promotional ceremony outside

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KENT — For the first time in recent memory, Kent Center School’s eighth-grade class was able to hold its promotional ceremony outside of the school building, in the grassy courtyard.
The weather was exceptional: cool, dry and bug free. It seemed a fitting night for this important rite of passage for what was described again and again throughout the early evening ceremony as a class with 28 exceptional students.

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Dixieland Jazz Gala has the Memorial Library beat

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library held a Dixieland Jazz Spring Gala on June 18 at Willow Brook Farms in South Kent. Kent resident Bob Lenz and his band provided an evening of Dixieland jazz music. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served.
Approximately 275 people attended. In addition to the music, participants helped raise money for the library with a silent auction featuring numerous one-of-a-kind items.

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Stock of affordable housing needs boost, speakers say

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KENT — Affordable housing (and the need for more of it) was the topic of a forum held at Kent Town Hall on June 16.
About 50 people attended from Litchfield County. They came to hear 15 speakers in town government and the real estate business make the case for the need for homes here that working people can afford.

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Firefighters celebrate 100th anniversary at annual ball

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KENT — Approximately 700 people turned out on Saturday evening, June 11, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD).
The new 15,000-square-foot firehouse, opened in 2008, was transformed into a festive venue complete with fire-themed decorations. Tables were set in white, red and black. There were plenty of balloons. Colorful bunting hung from the ceiling.
Dawn Molnar, chairwoman of the ball, said, “Last year we had about 600 attendees and this year we expect close to 700 people, depending on the weather.”

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Hikers discover hidden treasures on National Trails Day

KENT — Among the birdsongs, sunlight and greenery of Kent, about 20 hikers celebrated the 19th National Trails Day in Connecticut Saturday, June 4, at the Marvelwood School.
The centerpiece of the day, however, was not hiking, but the wildlife, specifically the birds in the fields behind the school.
Laurie Doss, chair of the science department at Marvelwood, along with one of her students, Joseph Golden, shared their knowledge and love for the nature and birds in the area.

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High Watch plans expansion of offices but not beds

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KENT —A special permit application and a site plan application previously submitted by The Ministry of the High Watch Inc., 62 Carter Road, were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 2.

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Lasting memory

KENT — Memorial Day started out with a few thunderclaps and lightning bolts, but by 9 a.m. the clouds began to break and the firehouse on Maple Street was bustling with men, women, children and dogs preparing to march through the village center.
The parade took off down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. The American Legion Color Guard took the lead, with veterans in cars and jeeps following.

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Fire volunteers celebrate 100 years with ball June 11

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KENT — Like towns in much of rural America, most Litchfield County towns rely upon and are proud of their volunteer fire departments. Kent is no exception.
On June 11, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) will hold its annual ball. This year’s ball takes on special significance as part of a year-long celebration of the fire department’s 100th anniversary. The festivities begin with appetizers at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 7 p.m.

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Tucker’s Restaurant opens at Kent Green

KENT — Several months after the North End restaurant closed, a new eatery has taken its place. Tucker’s Restaurant and Tap Room moved to the Kent Green space and opened for business on Tuesday, April 26.
Owned by David Tucker (who is also the chef) and Jennifer Stahl, the restaurant was previously in Washington, Conn., where it was called J.D. Tucker’s.

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