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KENT — Author Elinor Lipman was inspired by a haunted house to write her latest novel, “On Turpentine Lane.” She talked about the book and signed copies of it at the House of Books on Saturday, April 15 .

A native of Lowell, Mass., Lipman began her writing career as a college intern with the Lowell Sun newspaper. Her first book, “Into Love and Out Again,” was published in 1987. The publication of her second book, “Then She Found Me,” followed in 1990, and was eventually made into a motion picture.

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Rare wines help protect Kent lands

KENT — Corks popped, wine flowed, and bubbles fizzed at the seventh annual wine tasting to benefit the Kent Land Trust (KLT) on Saturday, April 1. Organized by Kent Wine & Spirit proprietor Ira Smith, all the proceeds from the event were donated to the KLT to assist them in their mission of preserving Kent’s rural lands.
Hosted by R.T. Facts at 8 Old Barn Road, the soirée “marks the end of winter and signals the welcoming of spring,” Smith said. 

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Modest rises in budgets planned, hearing to come

KENT – The Board of Finance met on Tuesday, March 21, to hear budget proposals from the selectmen  and the Board of Education for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. 

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Helping family and friends with inventive ideas

KENT – One of the nicest surprises at the annual elementary school Invention Conventions is learning how compassionate youngsters can be and how eager they are to solve the problems that plague their family members. 
Kent Center School held its convention in the school library on Thursday, March 23. Students in grades two through seven took part; of the 23 youngsters, about 11 of them are seventh-graders who elected to take part in the STEAM program this year. 

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Shop Hop hops despite the gloomy weather: Congresswoman meets townspeople

KENT —The Kent Shop Hop was held as planned on March 24 to 26 despite overcast skies and rain. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, this event draws visitors from near and far to take advantage of sales and promotions offered by 30 participating businesses. The Easter Bunny even braved the dreary weather to greet children at the Kent Green gazebo on Saturday.

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Laying out Litchfield County

KENT – Litchfield County was created in 1751 by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly. Before it could become official, however, the new county’s boundaries had to be defined. In an era without four-wheel drive vehicles, satellites or GPS, a surveyor’s task was arduous.
In a talk on Sunday, March 19, part of the Kent Historical Society’s Sunday Series, author and historian Michael-John Cavallaro described the journey of intrepid surveyor Edmund Lewis and his team as they mapped the county.

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Kent budget rise is well under 1%

KENT – The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting on Thursday, March 16. 
First on the agenda was  the plan to replace a bridge on Kent Hollow Road. The town received seven bids on the project, with the lowest from Nagy Brothers Construction for $280,000. Anchor Engineering, the company that designed the new bridge, reviewed the bid and recommended that the town accept it. The board voted unanimously in favor.

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Thumbs up for Gilmore Girls

KENT – Gilmore Girls Fan Fest (GGFF) creator and organizer Jennie Whitaker spoke to a packed room at the Kent Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Monday, March 6. Business owners gathered to hear details and ask questions about the event, which will be held in Kent the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22.

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The CCC’s continuing legacy in Connecticut

KENT — President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal encompassed a wide range of programs designed to alleviate the effects of the Great Depression. One such program was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In operation from 1933 to 1942, the program was created to put unemployed veterans and young men back to work. 

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Walk this way in search of tracks

The Kent Land Trust hosted a Winter Tracking Hike on Monday, Feb. 20, part of the Presidents Day weekend. 
There was still enough snow on the ground that the hikers could find traces of animals that had recently passed through the area.
“We hiked around the lake and into the center of the East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve, and down through its meadow, which is a ‘superhighway’ for many species,” reported Connie Manes. 

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Spring is here and tax season has already begun

Tax season is once again upon us. Some will procrastinate, scrambling to crunch the numbers in time for the filing deadline of April 18, 2017. Others will leave the tax preparation to a professional. Taxes do not have to be a daunting task with the services of skilled accountant such as J. Robert Hutchings. 
Hutchings, a New Milford resident, has been a certified public accountant (CPA) for more than 25 years. 

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