Day: January 10, 2019

Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library (APL), has announced her resignation from the library effective in early March, says library board president John Savage.

Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library announces her resignation from the library effective in early March

Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library (APL), Thursday, Jan. 10 announced her resignation from the Library effective in early March, said Library Board president John Savage. Porter-Reynolds, who has served as Library director since September 2014, has accepted a new role as chief public services officer at the St. Louis…...

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James Buzzard turns in nearly 2,400 petition signatures (see inset above) recently to Joy Engfer, West Aurora District 129 School Board secretary, for placement of an advisory referendum on the April 2 consolidated election ballot in Kane County on the subject of the Aurora Public Library West Branch’s future. Right, Joy Engfer turns in the signatures to the Kane County Clerk’s facility on Downer Place in Aurora. Buzzard led the drive to collect signatures. The West Aurora School Board’s deadline to turn in the request to Kane County is Jan- uary 24. Carter Crane/The Voice

Petitions for referendum!

James Buzzard turns in nearly 2,400 petition signatures recently to Joy Engfer, West Aurora District 129 School Board secretary, for placement of an advisory referendum on the April 2 consolidated election ballot in Kane County on the subject of the Aurora Public Library West Branch’s future.  Carter Crane/The Voice… This...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

APL West Branch 2018 review, State champions, and chili, too

Any review of important news stories in 2018 both has built-in limitations and functions in the lens of the eye of the beholder. The Voice this week and last week presented in photos and captions some top events in our circulation area in 2018. It was not a comprehensive look…....

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Reader’s Voice: Mavis Bates opens campaign for commissioner

January 6, 2019 Dear editor; I am announcing my candidacy for Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners as the at-large commissioner. I have lived in the Fox Valley for more than 40 years and raised two daughters in Aurora. I’m running for the Fox Valley Park District Board because…...

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Donna Crane

Project will help give choices to impoverished mothers

Last of three parts Sixteen African-American mothers in Jackson, Miss. will be recipients of financial gifts of $1,000 each, according to Gregg Kaurmann in Nation magazine. The project emerged when Jackson, Miss. native Aishe Nyandoro, of Magnolia Mothers Trust helped financially poor members of the African American community n Jackson…....

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First Call

Citizens Climate Lobby to meet Jan. 15

Citizens Climate Lobby, greater Aurora chapter, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May Street in Aurora. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Reverend John Bell, Wesley UMC pastor, said, “We believe CCL’s bipartisan policy and lobbying for a…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

A Belfast dinner for eight with finest china to welcome 1941

Daphne had set the table for eight. She used her finest Limoges china with a tiny rose pattern. This New Year’s supper was to be served using her best linen tablecloth that she had purchased at the Belfast Linen Mills. The crystal goblets were of the Achilles pattern and had…...

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Wayne Johnson

On physics, Planck ruler, and our ever-expanding universe

If you have read my columns on a regular basis, you obviously have too much time on your hands. Nonetheless (I like it when I have a chance to use “nonetheless”), I endeavor to make my column educational so you readers will feel you won’t have wasted the valuable excess…...

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Joy in the new year: Use the china now sage advice

By Deena Sherman –  I was recently at a party with some friends and we were talking about the highlights of the holiday season. Happy dinners with our families topped the list and the discussion meandered to the topic of family china. We found that we all had two things…...

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Chicken Florentine Casserole

Ingredients 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup butter 3 teaspoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1/2 cup half-and-half 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 (13.5 ounce) cans spinach, drained 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced 2/3…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora aldermen vote to increase towing fees’ limitations

Aurora aldermen Tuesday voted during the regular City Council meeting to increase the fees towing companies can charge, and cited the length of time that has passed since the fees were amended and increased costs incurred by the companies. Tow fees have not seen an increase since May 2008. Going…...

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New contract for East Aurora leader

The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education Monday announced its recent decision to enter into a new five-year contract with superintendent Dr. Jennifer Norrell through 2023. This new contract will replace Dr. Norrell’s current three-year contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2021. This action was taken by…...

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Lucinda "Cindy" Chase of Aurora surprise retirement party

Surprise retirement party in song

Lucinda “Cindy” Chase of Aurora was surprised Sunday, Jan. 6 with a concert by congregants at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora. Chase had been invited to a reception to mark her retirement as the Church’s praise music director for 15 years. Instead of relaxing in the audience, she was…...

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Ask Grandpa: Thanks offered to Marie Wilkinson Pantry

Grandpa, I want to personally thank the volunteers at the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry (in Aurora). Everyone there is so helpful. Without their help, I and my wife (sic) would not be able to eat most days. Can you print this without my name? I would be embarrassed to have…...

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Mayor Irvin of Aurora offers comments on Weisner’s passing

From Richard C. Irvin, mayor of Aurora December 28, 2018: It is with great sadness that we announce and mourn the passing of the 57th mayor of Aurora, Thomas J. Weisner. After a courageous battle with cancer, mayor Weisner departed this life today with his faithful wife of 46 years,…...

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Montgomery’s Matt Brolley comments on Weisner legacy

Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Aurora mayor Tom Weisner: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague former Aurora mayor Tom Weisner. His legacy will live on as a leader who had a clear vision of the future…...

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Wake, memorial service, for Tom Weisner listed

The wake for Tom Weisner will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. both Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11 at New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena Boulevard in Aurora. The public memorial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena…...

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Steve Bosco, administrator for the Village of North Aurora, tells the Village Board, Muller2, architects for the Silo Project, are starting actual design plans and the lighting consultant is ordering fixtures. The plans are to renovate the existing silo behind Harner’s Bakery in North Aurora near the Fox River close to the intersection of Routes 31 and 56. Plans call for it to be converted into a lighted observatory to be enhanced with outdoor seating and include a park and a kayak launch at the Fox River. Jason Crane/The Voice

Plans in motion for Silo Project in North Aurora

Steve Bosco, administrator for the Village of North Aurora, tells the Village Board, Muller2, architects for the Silo Project, are starting actual design plans and the lighting consultant is ordering fixtures. The plans are to renovate the existing silo behind Harner’s Bakery in North Aurora near the Fox River close…...

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Aurora Kiwanis grants: Representatives from nonprofit organizations pose for a photo at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Kiwanis Club introduced the Fall 2018 grant recipients. From left are: Anne Moore, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation; Amy Daeschler, CASA Kane County; Kathy Malone, Mutual Ground; Christina Campos and Mariana Osoria, Family Focus; Lauren Jernigan, Public Action to Deliver Shelter/Hesed House; Greg Weider, Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Not in photo: Rebuilding Together Aurora. The Club awarded $7,500 in grants. The next grant cycle will be in the Spring. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Kiwanis grants:

Representatives from nonprofit organizations pose for a photo at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Kiwanis Club introduced the Fall 2018 grant recipients. From left are: Anne Moore, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation; Amy Daeschler, CASA Kane County; Kathy Malone, Mutual Ground; Christina Campos and Mariana…...

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