KENT — The Brewster Academy Bobcats came to South Kent School Wednesday, Feb. 14, for a much-anticipated game between two strong and evenly matched teams.
The South Kent Cardinals were hungry for revenge after a bitter three-point loss to Brewster earlier in the season. The seven-time National Prep Champion Bobcats wouldn’t go down without a fight, and the Valentine’s Day showdown proved there was no love lost between the two teams.
Sparks flew from the jump. On the opening possession, Brewster’s Harris Jackson splashed a perfect three-pointer and the game was on.
South Kent immediately seized momentum and took a six-point lead just minutes into the match. The Cardinals’ defense and rebounding ability fueled the early run.
Brewster was forced into many mid- to long-range shots and struggled to rebound effectively. The Cardinals’ lead was steadily building thanks to control of the paint and some clutch three-pointers by forward Jojo Wallace.
By halftime, South Kent’s lead ballooned to a staggering 20 points with the score at 45-25.
This unexpected and lopsided score didn’t deter the Brewster Bobcats. An effective full-court press and strong playmaking on offense gradually started to even the score.
Brewster’s comeback was cut short by the clock, and the final score was 77-65, with South Kent securing a hard-fought victory.
South Kent’s record advanced to 15-14 on the season and Brewster fell to 13-17.
Both teams will get set for the AAA New England Prep School tournament beginning Feb. 28.
Isaiah Chappell drove the lane against Brewster.Lans Christensen
The Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra welcomed guest conductor Lawrence Golan and flautist Brandon Patrick George on Saturday, Feb. 17, for an eclectic program featuring George in Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major. Also on the program: Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, “Old American Songs” by Aaron Copland (with the Hotchkiss Philharmonic Chorus), and two selections from John Williams’ score from the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The next concert at The Hotchkiss School is Thursday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m., with en evening of jazz inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. The concerts are free. Visit www.hotchkiss.org for more information.
SHARON — Plans for meeting the conditions imposed on the Hilltop Road solar array by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) were heard at a regular P&Z meeting Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Representing Verogy of West Hartford, engineers for the project, was engineering manager Kyle Perry, who reviewed proposed plans for screening the solar array from the view of neighboring property owners.
The first version envisioned polyethylene plastic mesh being installed only on the portion of the chain link fencing that would be visible to neighbors. The plastic mesh could be expected to last five or six years before needing to be replaced. Under that proposal, the town would need to pay replacement costs as needed, estimated at $7,000. Existing trees would remain and two additional small trees would be added, as presented by Perry, but not well received by the P&Z.
“I thought some trees would be added to soften the view,” said P&Z Chairman Laurance Rand, expressing the stance of most P&Z members, who expected to see plans for a more substantial buffer. In all buffer planning for the project, however, the buffer extends no further than to seek to improve the view of the neighbors along Hilltop Road.
An alternative plan that would see the planting of 21 young white pine or western cedar trees could thicken the buffer for the neighbors, but the cost for that option was estimated at $14,000.
First Selectman Casey Flanagan observed that the goal is to keep costs down while providing adequate screening on behalf of neighboring property owners on the western side of the project. If the alternative plan were to be approved, the CT Green Bank organization, represented at the meeting by Nikki Dow, solar project manager, would agree to guarantee and maintain with regular watering the newly planted trees for one year, replacing as necessary.
“The more trees planted, the lower the savings,” Flanagan noted.
“We asked for a screening plan. The P&Z charge is to be sure that neighboring property owners are not impacted,” Rand said.
Following clarifying discussion of Verogy’s preliminary screening plans, the P&Z agreed that Verogy and the CT Green Bank should return to a future meeting with a detailed plan for meeting the conditions of the approval, including a more definitive screening plan.
Land use administrator Jamie Casey recalled the history of the project and that it had been first proposed two years ago and that such projects are guided by state statutes.
“This is basically a municipal project,” Casey said.
“You seem to be seeking to minimize the cost rather than doing it the right way,” a resident commented.
Another plan offered by the Sharon Energy and Environment Commission (SEEC) and introduced at the meeting by SEEC member Mike Nadeau, would see the planting of 41 trees along with habitat plantings to enhance the existing nature trail, but because the P&Z had not reviewed that plan in advance, it could not be discussed further.
Nadeau also suggested planning for a rain garden to support the habitat plantings.
P&Z member Stanley MacMillan asked about responsibility for mowing and learned that the town would mow the area outside of the chain link fence around the perimeter and that CT Green Bank would mow inside the fence and between the solar panels.
By unanimous vote following a public hearing with no public comment, the P&Z adopted an amendment to current zoning regulations to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana anywhere in Sharon. Recreational marijuana establishments are also prohibited.
The mid-1990s were witness to big change. It was the post-Cold War era. The Soviet Union dissolved. It was a decade marked by signficant advances in technology, including gene-therapy advances and the improvement of the World Wide Web. A generation of Millennials was about to be replaced by Generation Z, which was born into a world increasing going online.
Email made its debut in our everyday lives in the end of the 1990s, emerging from its roots in business, government and other industrial and institutional organizations. By the time the smartphone entered the picture in the early 2010s, the Boomer group was entering middle age and/or about to turn 65 as the oldest of the generation.
The first iPhone gave us desktop-like email and a web browser. Its impact as a smartphone — combining “phone, internet and email,” as Steve Jobs put it back then — became obvious overnight, and its evolution continues to propel change in our lives.
The iPhone was launched in the summer of 2007. Back then, The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News were carrying ads in their pages noting that these newspapers were “your best source of weekly news and information about towns, people, schools, sports and organizations in the tri-corner region.” The big heading on the advertisement read “Stay Informed.”
How things change.
Today, about nine in ten adults get some of their news online, whether it’s from a mobile phone or tablet or desktop. Traditional newspapers, adapting to change, have adopted a digital presence — and there also are new sources of news that never existed as a print product, making their start on the web. Some print publications also have been reborn as web ‘papers.’
Last fall, The Pew Research Center published a study showing that a smaller and smaller share of America’s adult population is following the news closely. It also found that the old media — local TV, newspapers and radio — are losing the war for readers, watchers and listeners to new kinds of platforms, such as podcasts. Out of 136 newspapers included in the Pew analysis, 120 reported declines in circulation in 2022. Overall, daily newspaper circulation nationwide continues to decline — including digital subscriptions and print circulation.
But Pew researchers found that about half of all Americans listened to a podcast in 2022, and that most of the listeners come across news in the programming. And podcasts are popular: of those who listen, one in five reports that they listen every day.
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