Day: December 20, 2018

King David Capp laughs in the presence of Queen Amanda Duran at the 32nd annual madrigal dinner Saturday, Dec. 15, at West Aurora High School. In addition to an opening procession, the event included toasts, a feast, a masque (play) and music by madrigal singers, Lyric Chorus, 36 singing wenches and madrigal brass. West Aurora culinary arts students prepared the feast. Al Benson/The Voice

West Aurora High School Madrigal:

King David Capp laughs in the presence of Queen Amanda Duran at the 32nd annual madrigal dinner Saturday, Dec. 15, at West Aurora High School. In addition to an opening procession, the event included toasts, a feast, a masque (play) and music by madrigal singers, Lyric Chorus, 36 singing wenches…...

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Symphonic Winds at East Aurora High School participate in the school’s third annual Fine Arts Prism Concert presented by the Music Department in the Hawks Auditorium. Other participating groups in the Christmas musical salute include the Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and Caffeine choir. Al Benson/The Voice

East Aurora High School Prism:

Symphonic Winds at East Aurora High School participate in the school’s third annual Fine Arts Prism Concert presented by the Music Department in the Hawks Auditorium. Other participating groups in the Christmas musical salute include the Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and Caffeine choir. Al Benson/The Voice… This...

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Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from 1947 to 2005. The property on U. S. Route 34 and West Street was given up to the State by eminent domain so it could be used to widen the highway. The Plano City Council met Monday at a special meeting and unanimously approved an additional Class E liquor license. The license is available for the proposed restaurant to go in the building at 209 West U. S. Route 34. The Kapas family purchased the building in 2005 which has remained vacant since then. Steve Kapas said they have tried hard to bring development to the Plano area with assistance from the City, but the development money hasn’t been flowing down Route 34 that far west, yet. He said restaurants have found difficulty in acquiring financing. The entire project, which will cost a little more than $1 Million, has been financed by the Kapas family. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mediterranean restaurant plans in Plano

Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from…...

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The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. Jason Crane/The Voice

Lehnertz Lights:

The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. A video of the event can be seen…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Sharing often with many, symbolic at Lehnertz and for sailors

The Christmas holidays offer unnatural times for the majority of us. The usual scenes during the usual weeks give way to holiday spirit, special events, family traditions. Old connections are remembered and new memories often are found and preserved. We must remember that not all joy is the experience for…...

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Reader’s Voice: Legal marijuana, casino gambling, costly

December 13, 2018 Dear editor; Does out-going Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel really want to add mass addiction to his meager legacy? Why would Emanuel use his political capital to push for legal marijuana and casino gambling as new revenue sources? If that isn’t enough, he and his spendthrift colleagues are…...

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Reader’s Voice: Thank you for Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 19

December 17, 2018 Dear editor; The Knights of Columbus Council 14463 treated 150 seniors to a lovely Thanksgiving dinner Friday, Nov. 19 at the Beecher Community Center in Yorkville and the lady knights assisted them. We want the gentlemen and ladies to know how much we appreciate their efforts in…...

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Balloons, solar, as cell tower?: Loon LLC is an Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary working on providing Internet access to rural and remote areas by using high-altitude balloons at an altitude of about 11 miles to create an aerial wireless network. Each balloon’s electronics are powered by an array of solar panels and a battery for use at night. Google photo

Future solar uses will be widespread, including military

By Donna Crane – Last of two parts John Fialka’s, online report about the future of the solar industry for Scientific American (E&E News) continues this week. “Scientists are developing flexible, thin films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. “The military learned in…...

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East Aurora Distinguished Alumni Dec. 21

The East Aurora High School Alumni Association invites the public to attend the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora High School Atrium, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. The Alumni Association will induct Robert E. Brent, Class of 1957 and Dr. Karrie (Mrazek) Fitzpatrick, Class…...

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Nominations honor Good Neighbor Business Awards

State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, asks citizens to honor businesses that play active roles in the community by submitting nominations of entrepreneurs and companies for her Good Neighbor Business Award. “Responsible business owners not only offer fantastic products and services, but they also play an active role in improving our…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Celebration of Christmas includes ancient European sites

Imagine listening to Bach’s Christmas Ortario while cruising down the Danube River on Christmas Eve. The Danube’s origins are a trickle in the Black Forest of Germany, at the Breg Martinskapelle. The Danube was known to the ancient Greeks as the Istros Thracian, meaning “strong, swift.” The Danube is Europe’s…...

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Charles Coddintgon

Society’s solutions include no-growth economy, slow production

From the vault, 17 November 2011 and 19 April 2012 (revised): News reports from the hinterland in recent months described the impact the Donald Trump tariffs on Chinese exports have had upon American farmers. The “People’s Republic” retaliated in kind by targeting the most vulnerable segment of the American economy:…...

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Reader’s Commentary: Democratic Party members uncivil in their speeches, as well

By T. M. McCormick –  In the November 8 issue of The Voice, Charles Coddington wrote the article with the headline, “Truth and civility in short supply from our politicians.” He states for the past two years we are fed fake news and alternate facts. The president, Donald Trump, is…...

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Peppermint Brittle

Ingredients 2 pounds white chocolate 30 small peppermint candy canes Directions 1. Line a large jellyroll pan with foil. 2. Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. 3. Place candy canes…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora City Council unanimously approves tax levy ordinance

The Aurora City Council unanimously approved the ordinance Tuesday for levying the City’s 2018 tax levy, which shows an overall two percent increase, according to Martin Lyons, the city government’s finance director. The annual property tax levy provides a major share of Aurora’s revenue, approximately 23% of the revenue for…...

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Bryan Gay introduced as new Invest Aurora’s president, CEO

Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Board of Directors of Invest Aurora, Aurora’s public/private economic development partnership, announced the appointment of the former economic development director of Choose DuPage, Bryan Gay, as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Invest Aurora. Gay was introduced to City Council during…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora presents a Key to the City to and poses with congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Aurora City Hall. Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th District by defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren in the November 6 election. The short presentation included a few remarks by each person. She will take office after the first of the year in 2019. In attendance were high school girls from East Aurora, Metea Valley, and West Aurora High Schools. The proceedings were delayed nearly an hour following a nationwide bomb threat hoax. The City Hall building was evacuated. Police called the threat an E-mail phishing scam. It reached The Voice communities to include Aurora and Elgin. Carter Crane/The Voice

Lauren Underwood receives key to Aurora:

Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora presents a Key to the City to and poses with congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Aurora City Hall. Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th District by defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren…...

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Development in Westmont

More than 50 individuals from the community participated in the demolition event to start the new Market Centre development at 63rd and Cass in Westmont. Demolition of the old structure on this property will continue through Spring 2019, which will be followed by the start of new construction. —Village government…...

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