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Veterans' Voice photos By John Montesano

One more remembrance, respect, honor

By John Montesano –  Due to a crisis in my personal life, the Veteran of the Month feature was temporarily put on hold, but it will be resumed in April. That personal situation was full of a great deal of grieving and reflection. How the passing of an individual affects…...

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Let's Go Green

Let’s Go Green!

• Bolingbrook Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event: A collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23. All participants are asked to make an appointment at www.willcountygreen.com. Individuals who sign…...

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Fundraiser forum

Hawaiian Luau for Woman’s Club The Woman’s Club of Aurora will be host to a Hawaiian Luau fundraiser Saturday, March 23 at Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 East New York Street, Aurora. A professional group of dancers from Aloha Chicago Entertainment will give a performance following the luncheon. Doors will open…...

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Vocalist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora March 17

Trinity Episcopal Church, 218 East Benton Street, Aurora, 2019 Concert Series will present Paul Kraus and a St. Patrick’s Celebration and Cabaret Gregory Gyllsdorff, accompanist. They will play Irish songs starting at 3 p.m. Sunday March 17. Suggested donation is $25, cash or check only. Money raised will help benefit…...

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Aurora State of the City: Mayor Richard C. Irvin, in his State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, succinctly proclaims: “The State of our City is strong...Aurora Strong.” His references: Challenges, successes, and rising as one Aurora. See the video at facebook.com/ thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora State of the City:

Mayor Richard C. Irvin, in his State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, succinctly proclaims: “The State of our City is strong…Aurora Strong.” His references: Challenges, successes, and rising as one Aurora. See the video by clicking here. See Carter Crane’s article here. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is...

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The Yorkville Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at Silver Spring Sate Park Sunday draws celebrations in spite of frigid water and weather. More than 300 participants helped to raise approximately $100,000 in Lake Loon. The Aurora Police raised more than $11,000. Dave Weaver photo Radioman911.com

Polar Plunge warms Special Olympics

The Yorkville Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at Silver Spring Sate Park Sunday draws celebrations in spite of frigid water and weather. More than 300 participants helped to raise approximately $100,000 in Lake Loon. The Aurora Police raised more than $11,000. Click here to see a video. Dave Weaver…...

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The Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards Thursday, Feb. 28 at Piper’s Banquets offers fitting salutes to five accomplished young from Aurora From left: Marquell Oliver, founder of LIFTOFF, a social-emotional learning program and youth director of Unity Partnership, a group that seeks to improve relations between police and the community; Nate Sippel, Naperville Township clerk and community outreach liaison who organizes events for veterans, seniors, and youth; Jonathan Nunez, business executive and founder of an annual golf outing which raises funds for special projects in Aurora; Juan Garcia, mentor, community activist for immigration rights and chairman of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board. Absent was Toussaint Mitchell, college senior, entrepreneur, and student government president of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. See the video on facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards

The Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards Thursday, Feb. 28 at Piper’s Banquets offers fitting salutes to five accomplished young from Aurora From left: Marquell Oliver, founder of LIFTOFF, a social-emotional learning program and youth director of Unity Partnership, a group that seeks to improve relations between…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Always something happening; just the tip of the iceberg

Never a dull moment. There is always something to do, observe, and consider. We live in interesting times in our greater area. It may not always be entertaining. It is always something, with apologies to Roseanne Roseannadanna (the late Gildna Radner of Saturday Night Live). What is your choice? The…...

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First Call

Oswego open house on downtown

The Village government of Oswego invites residents and the public to a Downtown Construction Open House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at East View Academy, 4209 Route 71, Oswego. Enter through door 21. Staff members will be on hand to talk about new restaurant and retail…...

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Matt Erion of Aurora, left, Glen West, Geneva; and Jeff Ford, Oswego, swing out on “Down by the Riverside” at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church’s Fat Tuesday jazz concert at Aurora Christian School. The third annual Mardi Gras-style jazz concert by Erion’s Dodeca Band was free to the public. UMC Northern Illinois Conference Aurora District superintendent, Jeff Bross, was solo on “Amazing Grace”. Al Benson/The Voice

Flowing Forth United Methodist Church’s Fat Tuesday jazz concert

Matt Erion of Aurora, left, Glen West, Geneva; and Jeff Ford, Oswego, swing out on “Down by the Riverside” at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church’s Fat Tuesday jazz concert at Aurora Christian School. The third annual Mardi Gras-style jazz concert by Erion’s Dodeca Band was free to the public. UMC…...

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State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and Adam Pauley from her Youth Advisory Council focus on House Bill 837 in the State Government Administration Committee. Submitted photo

Youth leaders in government

Illinois’ future leaders will have a say on some of the major issues facing the State under legislation sponsored by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, through a statewide Youth Advisory Council, which was approved by a House committee Wednesday, Feb. 27. “Many of my ideas for new legislation come out…...

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Montgomery seeks trustee

Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley is seeking a qualified Village resident to serve on the Village Board as a Village trustee to fill a vacancy from May 2019 through May 2021. The Village Board is the decision-making body responsible for enacting legislation and providing direction for all areas of Village…...

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Fermilab Wonders of Science for children

If you know kids between the ages of seven and 12, you know how hard it can be to get them excited about science from a textbook. Children love to be wowed, and to experience physical phenomena with eyes wide and jaws dropped at Explore the Wonders of Science starting…...

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Amy Roth

Plans for Aurora include Route 59 commercial, buildings

The Aurora City Council March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall included plans for Route 59 commercial corridor building, road resurfacing, and firefighters’ ballistic vests. • Plans for Route 59, old West Aurora building discussed. A Route 59 corridor plan that lays out a new look and…...

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North Aurora Village trustee Mark Guethle said Prevailing wage helps the community.

Prevailing wage, Lippold Park, North Aurora discussion

By Jason Crane –  The North Aurora government’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday included a discussion about prevailing wage for the Town Center Economic Incentive Agreement. Village documents show Preferred Real Estate, owners of the inline shopping center between Target and J.C. Penney in North Aurora Towne Centre, have…...

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Mayor Ron Gunter, right, and the Westmont Village Board, provides an honor to longtime Westmont resident, Anne Szymski, with the key to the Village and a proclamation to celebrate her 100th birthday. “We like to celebrate people who have been influential in the community, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Anne Szymski and the entire Szymski family,” Gunter said. Anne and her husband, Steve, who passed away in 2002, moved to Westmont in 1945 and started many businesses in Westmont, including Westmont Dry Goods Center, Stephen’s Department Store, O.K. Hardware Builders, Family Shoe Store, and Stephen’s Annex Domestics. Submitted photo

Key to Westmont:

Mayor Ron Gunter, right, and the Westmont Village Board, provides an honor to longtime Westmont resident, Anne Szymski, with the key to the Village and a proclamation to celebrate her 100th birthday. “We like to celebrate people who have been influential in the community, and I can’t think of anyone…...

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League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates are Peter Aguilera, Emmanuel Llamas, Caryl Riley, Amanda Sperzel. Alderman-at-large candidates are Sherman Jenkins, Brooke Shanley, and Durrell Williams. Williams was not in attendance. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

League of Women Voters Central Kane County candidate forums for Aurora and Batavia

League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates…...

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Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. He shared information about the book, “A Fox River Testimony” which shows 73 original paintings by Joel Sheesley. He spent two years travelling up and down the Fox River from West Dundee south to Ottawa, to capture all of its moods, meanders, and seasons, on canvas. McDonald answered questions about the health of the Fox River, including the dams. He said dam-removal is needed because the worst water quality is behind the dams. Ecologically, they are barriers which impede fish from going upstream to reproduce. Jason Crane/The Voice

‘A Fox River Testimony’:

Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. McDonald shared information about the book, “A Fox…...

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Ben Pohl, a motivational speaker, shares his personal story about distracted driving at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. He, just as are many, was a distracted driver at the age of 17, with four friends in his car. He wasn’t using a cellphone, but was distracted by the radio and laughing with friends and not paying attention. His inattention caused him to take his eyes off the road and lose control of his car. He injured himself and four friends. He spent two years relearning how to walk and speak. He has made it his mission to make sure that drivers are aware of the risk and consequences so that they don’t end up in the emergency room similar to his situation. He shares his message at schools and with young drivers. Approximately nine persons are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in the United States in incidents reported as a distracted driver, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Jason Crane/The Voice

Distracted driving: Ben Pohl motivation

Ben Pohl, a motivational speaker, shares his personal story about distracted driving at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Pohl, just as are many, was a distracted driver at the age of 17, with four friends in his car. He wasn’t using a cellphone, but…...

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Auroran Rodrigo "Bobby" Menendez, Aurora Noon Lions Club president, shows members at a recent meeting a certificate of appreciation from Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation awarded the Aurora Noon Club the certificate for donation of $3,062 for Foundation programs and services aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora Noon Lions Club honored for aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults

Auroran Rodrigo “Bobby” Menendez, Aurora Noon Lions Club president, shows members at a recent meeting a certificate of appreciation from Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation awarded the Aurora Noon Club the certificate for donation of $3,062 for Foundation programs and services aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults. Al…...

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