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Bison born at Fermilab

First baby bison of the year born at Fermilab April 20

Fermilab offers several annual traditions for its Batavia area neighbors, from Family Open House to STEM Career Expo. But none is quite as anticipated as the birth of each year’s first baby bison. Saturday, April 20, baby bison season officially began. The first calf of the year was born in the early morning…...

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Students share at Sunrise: Nearly a dozen Waubonsee Community College students spent their Spring break in Houston with “Helping Hands and Hearts” a group helping to rehab homes damaged by hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston two years ago. The group shared its experience with members of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club recently at Mother's Pancake House in Aurora. The Club helped finance the trip. The students talked about the long hours, the skills they learned, their sore muscles, the devastation they saw, the suffering of the inhabitants, and most important, the fun they had as a group, and the good feeling they had about what they did. The Club members expressed their appreciation and admiration for the students who spent their Spring break to help those in real need. Here are eight of the 10 students who made the trip and the two chaperones. Tom Clark photo

Students share Helping Hands experience with Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club:

Nearly a dozen Waubonsee Community College students spent their Spring break in Houston with “Helping Hands and Hearts” a group helping to rehab homes damaged by hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston two years ago. The group shared its experience with members of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club recently at Mother’s…...

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Robert Green, traffic engineer for the city government of Aurora shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the future of traffic trends and technology. He said the future of traffic engineering is merging with information technology. Green said L.E.D. lighting for traffic signals saves money but doesn't melt snow, which the incadescent bulbs do. A solution is being sought. The City is working with Illinois Department of Transportation to help the traffic flow on Broadway in downtown Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Future of traffic trends and technology in Aurora shared with the Rotary Club of Aurora

Robert Green, traffic engineer for the city government of Aurora shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the future of traffic trends and technology. He said the future of traffic engineering is merging with information technology. Green said L.E.D. lighting for traffic signals saves money but…...

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The el Dia del Nino celebration (children's day) at the Aurora Public Library in 2018 will be followed by this year's celebration April 28. Submitted photo

Children’s Day at Aurora Public Library April 28

The el Dia del Nino celebration (children’s day) at the Aurora Public Library in 2018 will be followed by this year’s celebration April 28. Submitted photo   By Miriam Meza –  Do you remember being a child and being excited for the many celebrations throughout the year? Whether it was…...

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State Houses pass bills: Teacher minimum pay

By Grant Morgan –  A second bill raising the minimum annual salary for Illinois teachers to $40,000 found legislative success last week. Senate Bill 10, sponsored by senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), passed on a 45-11 vote Thursday, April 11. It would provide a five-year ramp to increasing Illinois’ minimum…...

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State champion: Waubonsie Valley High School/Metea Valley High School ice hockey team of Aurora receives a salute from the Aurora City Council Tuesday evening at Aurora City Hall for recently capturing the Illinois State high school hockey championship in the Combined Varsity tournament. Both schools are in District 204. There are five levels. Wheaton West Black captured the Junior Varsity Combined championship. Jason Crane/The Voice

Waubonsie Valley High School/Metea Valley High School ice hockey team of Aurora receives a salute from the Aurora City Council

State champion: Waubonsie Valley High School/Metea Valley High School ice hockey team of Aurora receives a salute from the Aurora City Council Tuesday evening at Aurora City Hall for recently capturing the Illinois State high school hockey championship in the Combined Varsity tournament. Both schools are in District 204. There…...

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First Ward alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Eighth Ward alderman Richard “Rick” Mervine receive tributes at Tuesday’s Aurora City Council. Jason Crane/The Voice

Tributes at Aurora City Council

First Ward alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Eighth Ward alderman Richard “Rick” Mervine receive tributes at Tuesday’s Aurora City Council. They did not seek another term in office. Jason Crane/The Voice                  … This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months...

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Linda Callaghan, left, president of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club, welcomes Brian Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, who gave a report on the state of the museum to the Rotary Club at Mother’s Pancake House in Aurora. Failing has been executive director for three years. Visits to the museum have increased from 3,000 annually to 11,500. Tom Clark photo

Aurora Regional Fire Museum state of the museum presentation to Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club

Linda Callaghan, left, president of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club, welcomes Brian Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, who gave a report on the state of the museum to the Rotary Club at Mother’s Pancake House in Aurora. Failing has been executive director for three years. Visits…...

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High school students share plans with Rotary Club of Aurora: Students and representatives from three Aurora-area high schools gather Monday for a photo at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Several times each year, student guests are invited to attend Rotary meetings to share their high school experiences, extra curricular activities, and plans after high school graduation. Attendees at the meeting are from Mooseheart, Rosary High School, and Waubonsie Valley High School. Charlie Zine, president Aurora Rotary Club is in back, left. Mart O’Connor, right, is vice president of Rotary New Generations Club. Jason Crane/The Voice

High school students share plans with Rotary Club of Aurora:

Students and representatives from three Aurora-area high schools gather Monday for a photo at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Several times each year, student guests are invited to attend Rotary meetings to share their high school experiences, extra curricular activities, and plans after…...

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Boxcar communities in Midwest Aurora Public Library April 25 presentation

By Miriam Meza –  The Aurora Public Library (APL) will be host to Dr. Antonio Delgado for a presentation entitled “Mexican Boxcar Communities of the Midwest.” The presentation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the Santori Library, 101 S. River Street, Aurora. Dr. Delgado…...

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Plano Library projects: Crochet, movie, kids’ stories

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events. For more information and to register, visit planolibrary.info or call 630-552-2009. • Knit and Crochet Group, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. This informal group works on its own projects, discusses types and colors of yarns, and…...

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Carly Perillo of Sugar Grove is the Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association scholarship winner

Carly Perillo of Sugar Grove is the Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association scholarship winner

Carly Perillo of Sugar Grove, 2018 Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association scholarship winner, addresses the group Tuesday at Gaslite Manor in Aurora. A Rosary High alum and student at both Waubonsee Community College and College of DuPage, Perillo thanked the members of the association. She said she will use her…...

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Bibi Belford, author of Crossing the Line, shares excerpts of her book Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. The book is an award-winning middle grade novel inspired by the true events leading up to the 1919 Chicago race riots. The book includes a story about an inter-racial friendship which triggers a series of events that will change both of their lives forever.Bibi is a former classroom teacher, reading teacher, and literacy coach in the East Aurora School District 131, who lives in Chicago and has written books for children and teens. Jason Crane/The Voice

Author of Crossing the Line shares excerpts of novel inspired by events leading up to 1919 Chicago race riots with Kiwanis Club of Aurora

Bibi Belford, author of Crossing the Line, shares excerpts of her book Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. The book is an award-winning middle grade novel inspired by the true events leading up to the 1919 Chicago race riots. The book includes a story…...

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Education at West Aurora District 129 Schools was the topic at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday. Executive director of A+ Foundation, Ingrid Roney, left in photo above, and Whitney Martino, assistant principal for learning and instruction at District 129, pose with Charlie Zine, Rotary Club of Aurora president. The A+ Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, began in 1992 as the Foundation for West Aurora Schools. The group consisted of a small group of community members and administrators to provide additional resources to the students, staff members, and community of District 129. In 2008, the Foundation for the West Aurora Schools and the West Aurora High School Alumni Association, merged to form the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools. The A+ Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports and assists alumni and raises money for student and staff member opportunities in School District 129. Jason Crane/The Voice

Future of West Aurora District 129 Schools topic at Rotary Club of Aurora meeting

Education at West Aurora District 129 Schools was the topic at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday. Executive director of A+ Foundation, Ingrid Roney, left, and Whitney Martino, assistant principal for learning and instruction at District 129, pose with Charlie Zine, Rotary Club of Aurora president. The A+ Foundation,…...

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Marilyn Katz of Aurora shows a map of Israel during a presentation for the Aurora Noon Lions Club Monday at Luigi's Pizza in Aurora. Katz, a member of Aurora's Temple B'nai Israel, returned from a trip to Israel recently and had lived in Israel for eight years while she earned a college degree. Al Benson/The Voice

Marilyn Katz of Aurora shows a map of Israel during a presentation for the Aurora Noon Lions Club

Marilyn Katz of Aurora shows a map of Israel during a presentation for the Aurora Noon Lions Club Monday at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Katz, a member of Aurora’s Temple B’nai Israel, returned from a trip to Israel recently and had lived in Israel for eight years while she earned…...

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Aurora's Eola Road Branch Library to hold its annual toy swap

Aurora’s Eola Road Branch Library to hold its annual toy swap

By Miriam Meza –  Toys have taken over the Aurora Public Library’s (APL) Eola Road Branch Children’s Department! Although they spark joy for us, in the tidying up method of Marie Kondo, we know they’ll spark more joy for you! The APL- Eola Road Branch will hold its third annual…...

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The A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor April 26 and 27. This year, six individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Honor: Raphael Podolsky, William Farrar, Eric Whitaker, Julie Ann Cassiday, Timothy Fisher, and Kristen Ziman.

West Aurora to salute Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor

The A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor April 26 and 27. This year, six individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Honor: Raphael Podolsky, William Farrar, Eric Whitaker, Julie Ann Cassiday, Timothy Fisher, and Kristen Ziman. •…...

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Four women show plaques they received at the 2019 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award seventh annual event Thursday, March 21 presented by Boys II Men at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. The recipients, from left, are, Skyy Calice, Erica Kegarise, Jonelle Meeks, and Karina Villa. The theme was, “Your Glow Inspires” and the video can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

2019 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award

Four women show plaques they received at the 2019 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award seventh annual event Thursday, March 21 presented by Boys II Men at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. The recipients, from left, are, Skyy Calice, Erica Kegarise, Jonelle Meeks, and Karina Villa. The theme was, “Your Glow…...

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Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association to meet April 2

All Aurora area retired teachers, administrators, and school support staff members are invited to the Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) luncheon Tuesday, April 2. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Gaslite Manor on Church Road in Aurora. Come and enjoy lunch and a program by Improv Unlimited, a…...

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The Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday includes high school seniors, four from Aurora Central Catholic (ACC) and four from Marmion Academy, who shared their high school experiences, extra curricular activities, and plans after high school graduation. From left: Charlie Zine, president Aurora Rotary Club; Caleb Ritzheimer, Marmion; Jacob Caceres, Marmion; Julia Janiecek, ACC; Claire McCarthy, ACC; Nathan Sundberg, ACC; Joseph Farrell, Marmion; Henry Cella, Marmion; and Charlie May, ACC. Gretchen Timm photo for Rotary Club of Aurora

Aurora students share experiences and plans with Rotary Club of Aurora

The Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday includes high school seniors, four from Aurora Central Catholic (ACC) and four from Marmion Academy, who shared their high school experiences, extra curricular activities, and plans after high school graduation. From left: Charlie Zine, president Aurora Rotary Club; Caleb Ritzheimer, Marmion; Jacob Caceres,…...

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