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KENT — It’s only October but already there are craft fairs and artisan sales offering wares worthy of year-end holiday gifts.  

One such fair was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the firehouse in Kent to benefit the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. 

Billed as the Art from the Heart craft fair, vendors were there with a variety of small items that would make lovely stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more.

Among the vendors was Molly Silver of Colebrook, who brought a colorful assortment of knit wear for babies, dolls and even Beanie Baby toys....

Kent

On top of the world with Kent library

KENT — This year’s Kent Memorial Library fundraiser, held at  Birch Top Farm, was promoted as a Top of the World party. The location was as close as one can get in South Kent to living up to the name. The property is within a foot or two of the 1,200 foot summit of Geer Mountain. 
There, on Saturday, June 22, Lisa and Bill Hoadley hosted the library party and auction, and what a party it was. A close estimate put the registered guest list at 325, and a steady stream of unregistered, and equally welcome, guests brought the number closer to 350. 

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Beautiful music at Make Music Day

KENT — Though it’s a new name to many here in the Northwest Corner, Make Music Day is an international celebration of music and dance that was started decades ago.
It was originally named La Fête de la Musique, and was started in France in 1982 as a celebration of friendship, music and the beginning of summer. Make Music Day, as it’s known in the U.S., is always held on June 21, the summer solstice — it needs the longest day of the year to present and enjoy all the music.

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Joy and magical feelings for 26 in KCS Class of 2019

KENT — The Class of 2019 at Kent Center School received a timely and generous gift from the weather: Friday, June 14, had been gloomy and marked by threatening clouds, but it all gave way to brilliant sunshine and blue skies for the start of the outdoor promotion ceremony that evening.
Family and friends were seated as the class of 2019 processional began with the familiar Pomp and Circumstance march, followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

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Not too hot, not too wet, just right for field day at Center School

KENT — Normally at this time of year it’s hot outside and sunny and children don’t necessarily want to focus all their attention on learning to read, write and do math. 

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Exquisite eats at new Frank Food Co.

KENT — Frank Food Company opened on Main Street on May 1 and has already become destination dining for residents and visitors alike. 
“We already have regular customers,” said owner Frank Way.
After a robust career in the corporate world as a creative director and consultant, Way found himself losing interest in those ventures and ready for something new.
The seed for Frank Food Company was planted in Way’s mind by the owner of Heron American Craft Gallery, Ellen Corsell, in October 2018.

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Meat, baked goods and veg at Kent market

KENT — The farm market in the center of town has opened, located this year at 9 South Main St. (Route 7), just south of the traffic light.
Participating vendors this year include Mountain View, an organic farm in Kent, which will have greens, tomatoes, eggs and more this season; Ridgway Farm from Cornwall, which will offer vegetables, meat, plants and maple syrup products; The Village Farm in Gaylordsville, with everything from geraniums to asparagus to rhubarb to greens. 

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Hoping to turn swords into plowshares

KENT — Memorial Day, celebrated this year on Monday, May 27, was blessed in Kent by weather that neared perfection. Blue skies and bright sun shone down on the parade as it formed at Kent Center School. 
The American Legion Honor Guard and veterans in dress uniform led the way, followed by the Kent Center School marching band and the fire department volunteers, also in full dress. 

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Kent budget passes in May 17 vote

KENT — The spending plan for the coming fiscal year was passed at a town meeting in Kent on Friday, May 17, that was attended by about 25 members of the public. 
Unlike other towns in the area, Kent breaks up its budget vote into multiple categories that are approved (or not) in a single vote. 
Other towns either vote on a combined education and municipal budget bottom line; or take separate votes for the education and municipal bottom lines.
In Kent, one agenda item at the town meeting included eight budget totals:

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Quilts as a way to unite a town

KENT — In a fractured world, what could be more symbolic of the coming together of a community than a quilt, put together by a quilting group, for the benefit of a local nonprofit?
The Kent Quilters organized themselves in 2014. They wanted to revive the old tradition of groups of crafters coming together to spend some time, cut some fabric, stitch some squares together and share their thoughts on this, that and the other, and raise some money for a worthy organization.

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Summer music coming to Kent Town Center

KENT — If you were looking for a springtime kick-off, look no further. The business owners of Kent Town Center are hosting Music on Main, a six-month outdoor musical series. 
From now through October, street performers will be at the Kent Town Center on alternate Saturdays. The shows will feature musicians from both the local area and beyond. 

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