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Movie: The Public

‘The Public’ movie important portrayal, plight, of homelessness

By Judd Lofchie –  I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to the Chicago premiere of the movie “The Public” and afterwards a Q & A with the director, Emilio Estevez, and Ryan Dowd, the executive director of Hesed House, Aurora’s homeless shelter. Ryan Dowd wrote the book, “The…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Jo Fredell Higgins to receive Kiwanis Club of Aurora Service to God and Fellowman Award

The Kiwanis Club of Aurora will present its annual Service To God and Fellowman Award to Jo Fredell Higgins at an evening banquet in her honor Monday, May 20 at Gaslite Manor in Aurora. The award annually honors a community member for exemplary leadership skills, consistent service as a role…...

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Gift of Hope Memorializes Aurora Boy Dylan Richardson and Honors Parents at Fox Valley Park District Harmony Pointe Park

Gift of Hope Memorializes Aurora Boy, Honors Parents at Fox Valley Park District’s Harmony Pointe Park

In life, Dylan Richardson loved walking on his tippy toes. And eating the cream out of Double Stuf Oreos (before hiding the cookie part from mom). And batting around a baseball with his older brothers. And Spider-Man. Oh, how the 7-year-old loved him some Spidey. In death, Dylan continues to…...

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Donna Crane

On seeking solutions in the U.S. recycling crisis

First of three parts Adele Peterson has submitted the following article regarding news concerning recycling. “You may have read that there’s a recycling crisis in the U.S.. After years of accepting our used plastic and cardboard, China now won’t take it, which often means there is no place for it…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Lucretia Mott, social reformer: Lifetime of activity

Along with her spiritual inner beauty, Lucretia Mott was a comely woman and mother of six children with her husband of 56 years, James Mott. Lucretia Coffin was born January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Mass. to Thomas and Anna Folger Coffin. She had one older sister, Martha. Lucretia was a…...

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Tom Bulin Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club Veteran of the Month

Tom Bulin: Marine duty in Vietnam, to IRS, to fishing

By John Montesano –  Tom Bulin was born December 10, 1947 and grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago. He didn’t like living in the city, but preferred the country. Growing up he spent Summers at his grandmother’s cottage on the Fox River in Millbrook, eight miles southwest of…...

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John Whitehead

Rod Serling imaginary land becoming reality 50 years later

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.” —Rod Serling Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone? Only, instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance,…...

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Permanent site for memorial: Five crosses from the memorial at Henry Pratt on Highland Avenue in Aurora, carried by five individuals, prepare to be moved to the Aurora Historical Society’s David Pierce Center Sunday on Downer Place in Aurora. A ceremony was held Sunday at the Pierce Center. The crosses and memorial memorabilia were expected to be moved upstairs this week. See a video at facebook.com/thevoice.us and thevoice.us/pratt-white-wooden-crosses-to-aurora-historical-society. Carter Crane/The Voice

Aurora Historical Society’s David L. Pierce Center permanent site for memorial:

Five crosses from the memorial at Henry Pratt on Highland Avenue in Aurora, carried by five individuals, prepare to be moved to the Aurora Historical Society’s David Pierce Center Sunday on Downer Place in Aurora. A ceremony was held Sunday at the Pierce Center. The crosses and memorial memorabilia were…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Permanent resting site for five victims of shooting in Aurora

In one sense it was finality. In another sense the day was one more way to continue the grieving process for family members and the community. Aurora Strong proves resilient in that it has a permanent remembrance of the five deaths in the shooting at the Henry Pratt warehouse in…...

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Donna Crane

Fruits, vegetables, could become medical prescriptions

Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts made the case that subsidized fruits and vegetables could prevent millions of cases of chronic diseases. Prescribing fruits and veggies would save $100 Billion in medical costs. Rina Raphael contributed the following article to FastCompany. “Perhaps it’s time for doctors to start prescribing more…...

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Spring Bluff Farm in Kane County’s Blackberry Township has its roots in seven generations the last 175 years

Spring Bluff Farm: Ready for its 175-year anniversary

By Tim Norris –  After 175 years, Spring Bluff Farm is still in the hands of the Norris family. Spring Bluff Farm, purchased by Matthew Norris in 1844, is in Blackberry Township on Norris Road in Kane County. Its name is a reference to the gravel kames left by glaciers…...

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Donna Crane

Four tests confirm value of Breathe Green Charcoal Bags

Last of two parts Rita Hatthaway’s article for Home & Garden, continues on Breathe Green to reduce and eliminate odors in smelly shoes: “We’ve read the thousands of positive reviews raving about this product, but in order for us to truly believe it, we had to test it out for…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Ghirardelli chocolates: Italy to San Francisco to the world

Domingo Ghirardelli was born in 1817 and grew up in Rapallo, Italy. His father imported exotic foods and spices and the home had daily conversations of far-off places such as Ceylon, Sumatra, and Peru. Domingo thought the world was full of exciting opportunities for those with imagination and courage to…...

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Charles Coddintgon

Chas in the military: Stockade on the way to medical unit

When last we saw The Chas, a new Army recruit, he had been ordered to take a train to San Antonio, Texas, and report to Fort Sam Houston, where he would learn to be an orderly in a mobile Army surgical hospital (MASH). Unfortunately, he had gotten on the wrong…...

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Sid Robinson, the eighth owner of the well-known Ford House in Aurora, shares history of his home on Edgelawn Drive Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. Robinson purchased the house, known as Aurora’s other roundhouse, in the mid-1980s. It is made from materials including coal and green glass. The house was designed by architect Bruce Goff and built in 1949-50 for artist and art teacher Ruth Van Sickle Ford and her husband, civil engineer Sam Ford. Robinson, an architecture professor at UIC said when he moved to Illinois from Iowa he saw the house and had to have it. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. and The house has been featured many times, including in Life Magazine in 1951.

Owner of the well-known Ford House in Aurora, shares history of home

Sid Robinson, the eighth owner of the well-known Ford House in Aurora, shares history of his home on Edgelawn Drive Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting at the Prisco Center. Robinson purchased the house, known as Aurora’s other roundhouse, in the mid-1980s. It is made from materials including…...

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Ask Grandpa: Method available on which fork to use

Grandpa, I advertise on (an internet ad space) when I have things for sale. I always mark the spot that says not to contact me with other offers of services. Trades persons seem to respect that, but lately I have been getting replies from those who are wanting to (date)…....

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Branch Gardens will open with a newly-expanded offering of vintage goods and additional greenery in the old fire house on Lake Street in downtown Aurora. Marissa Amoni photo/courtesy of Aurora Downtown

New businesses, new residents, in Aurora under way

By Marissa Amoni –  There’s a lot happening in the Aurora downtown right now. Spring and Summer, downtown Aurora will welcome many new businesses, as well as new residents. Here’s a quick rundown on some current activities: • Construction is happening at what soon will be Society 57 in Aurora’s…...

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Donna Crane

Breathe Green, breathe easily, for smelly shoes: Odor disappears

First of two parts Rita Hatthaway published the following article for Home & Garden magazine: “Mary Johnson, 42, was at her wit’s end. She loved her three sons more than life itself. They were all bright boys, ranging from freshmen to seniors in high school. But she had violent thoughts…...

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