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KENT — Melissa Cherniske was welcomed to the first Kent Board of Education meeting (on Wednesday, Dec. 6) since the municipal elections in November.

Martin Lindenmayer was elected chairman, replacing Allan Priaulx, who previously held that position but no longer serves on the board. Gonzalo Garcia-Pedroso was elected vice chairman.

Massyl Mallem, a senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), gave the high school student report. Mallem immigrated to the United States from Algeria two years ago, and now resides in Kent. He said he is grateful for the...

Kent

The holidays are about the cookies

KENT — The arrival of the holiday season brings with it the predictable flurry of activity as everyone prepares for celebrations with family and friends —with food playing a central role.  SoDelicious Homemade Bakery in Kent can help. The bakery specializes in made-from-scratch baked goods of all kinds.
Owner Stacey Grimsley opened the bakery in April 2015. Her Italian grandmother gave her many of the recipes she uses. 

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Surrealist art by Dalí at gallery in Kent

KENT — A show of several works by the famed Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí will be on display until February at Kent’s Morrison Gallery.   
Gallery owner William Morrison said “the exhibit was about three months in the making.” 
The largest collection of art by Dalí is in Switzerland, and the intention is to house some of those pieces in Morrison’s soon-to-be-built art storage facility, once it is complete. 

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Champagne Stroll announces the holiday season

KENT — The Chamber of Commerce held its fifth annual Champagne Stroll on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25.  
Decorated in holiday lights and greenery, 30 shops and businesses in the village were open late, offering samples of bubbly and hors d’oeuvres along with special sales and discounts.

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Home items large and small at Chestnut

KENT — The holiday season is upon us, and with its arrival comes the perpetual quest for holiday gifts. Chestnut Woodworking, having opened up its storefront in The Kent Barns just over one year ago, features unique items to suit every taste.  

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In case you missed it: Detox facility to be built in Kent

KENT —In a split vote at their October meeting, Kent’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application for Birch Hill, an 85-bed for-profit drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility to open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St. 
The approval followed an extended public hearing period that began in July when the application was first put forward.

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In case you missed it: Welcome Center in Kent is now open

KENT — The long-awaited Welcome Center in Kent is complete, and has been open for public use since Memorial Day of this year. A grand opening ceremony was held on July 6 to celebrate the completion of the facility, which features restrooms, an outdoor shower for thru-hikers and a water-bottle filling station.
The Welcome Center has been in the works for a couple of years, with residents of the town voting in favor of purchasing the parcel of land on which it sits at a town meeting in October 2015.

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Overall, Gilmore Girls Fan Fest a success

KENT — The Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, held in Kent over the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22, was a main topic of discussion at the meeting of the Kent Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Nov. 6.
“Overall, the festival went off well,” said Chamber President Tim Good. “I want to thank everyone for all the work and effort they put in. There was not one business I was not proud to be a part of. We had great weather that weekend, and the town had never looked better.

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Teaching Kent students about the American flag

KENT — Nine military veterans whose service spanned from World War II through the Gulf War took part in a Veterans Day ceremony at Kent Center School on Thursday, Nov. 9. 
The presentation in the auditorium and visits by some of the vets to individual classrooms were organized by American Legion Post 153 and Post Commandant (and Board of Education member) Martin Lindenmayer.
All grades of the elementary school were assembled in the auditorium as the veterans marched in, preceded by a bagpipe salute. 

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11 degrees at 11 a.m. on 11/11 for Veterans Day

KENT — More than 50 community members braved the morning chill on Saturday, Nov. 11, to pay respect to the town’s veterans at the Kent Veterans Day celebration, held at the newly rebuilt Veterans Memorial next to the Swift House in the town center.
Retired Navy Captain Martin Lindenmayer opened with thanks to Kent residents who attended the service, to  members of American Legion Hall-Jennings Post 153, and to all veterans for their service and sacrifice. 

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What it was like

World War II Navy veteran Bob Bauer spoke to students in their classrooms at Kent Center School as part of a Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9. More Veterans Day photos and stories appear on Pages A3, A4, A6 and A8.

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