Category: Feature

Carter Crane editor of The Voice

On teachers, pets, music, Batavia honors

Here are some important notes and thoughts: • In our back-to-school mindset, it is refreshing to know that there are teachers who put innovation and thinking outside the usual as a part of their calling, not just their jobs. Teachers play important roles. • The Aurora Animal Care and Control...

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Donna Crane

Economics, nutrition, good taste, future consumer choices

Last of three parts Rina Raphael of FastCompany visited Beyond Meat’s analytical lab in Los Angeles recently and took a tour. Beyond Meet seeks to match the taste of meat with vegetables. Americans increasingly want wellness through food and the majority are willing to pay increased prices. “Beyond Meat is...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Cincinnati offers visitors interesting sites, libraries

My Uncle Jim and Aunt Jo O’Brien and their six children lived in the Price Hill area of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child my family visited them and all the children were taken to a municipal pool/playground area where we spent hours having fun. I remember both how hilly the...

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Charles Coddintgon

Recommendations real to assist U.S. security realignment

Have you noticed, dear reader, how the news media have lionized the national-security apparatchiks lately? Persons named Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and Hayes are being transformed into “dedicated public servants” because they dare to criticize president Donald Trump’s foreign policies, particularly where Russian president Vladimir Putin-worship is concerned. We seem to...

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scientific concept of The Space Elevator at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora

The Space Elevator

Larry Bartoszek, a mechanical engineer, explains the scientific concept of The Space Elevator at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. A space elevator is a proposed type of planet-to-space transportation system. The main component would be a cable, called a tether, anchored to the...

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John Whitehead

What a mess: Free speech no longer free; now regulated

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin What a mess. As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to, or even allow for the existence of, other...

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Aurora National Night Out 8-7-18

National Night Out Tuesday

Children and adults wait in line in the Georgetown neighborhood of Aurora Tuesday to enter a fire truck during National Night Out, a nationwide annual event designed to raise crime prevention awareness and support community-police partnerships. Aurora resident, Dee Hakala, of Georgetown started, the Aurora event after two teenagers held...

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Yanise Ho Roller blade travel to raise scholarship funds stranger kindness

Roller blade travel to raise scholarship funds and to prove the kindness of strangers

Victoria Schmitt of Yorkville bid farewell recently to a new friend, 23-year-old Yanise Ho, originally from Hong Kong (click here for her website). The immediate destination for Ho was Iowa and ultimately Portland, Ore., all by roller blades. Yes, the college student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass....

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Bold: Roller-blade travel; Serenity Park, LaSalle Auto Show

We do live in a wide world. There are many facets to our world if we wander and wonder. If we look around and absorb. There are examples from which to choose: • A 23-year-old woman feeds her desire to be distinctive and live in a world which receives kindness...

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Donna Crane

Beyond Meat seeks products with proper texture, chew

Second of three parts –  Rina Raphael of FastCompany visited Beyond Meat’s analytical lab which seeks to match non-meat with beef’s taste. Her report on the tour in the Los Angeles plant continues: “Later during my facility tour, Daniel Ryan, Beyond Meat’s director of chemistry, works with the ‘E-nose’ aroma...

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Wayne Johnson

History lesson: Inside designing home landscape plans

Some years back, before I became an independently-wealthy newspaper columnist and author, I worked for a landscape architectural firm. Besides designing landscape plans for the homes of the rich, plans that when implemented cost more than the entire GDP of Bosnia, the firm created land plans. We generally focused on...

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Conversation, action, the start to solving suicide

By Joel Frieders –  My name is Joel Frieders. I am a husband to one, a father to three, a son to two, a brother to one, and I am a second-term alderman for the United City of Yorkville, the county seat of Kendall County. July 28, 2017, I lost...

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Jovany Hernandez poses with his trophy and his family. Submitted photo

Rousing vocal performances in final Aurora Public Library teen show

By Anthony Stanford – Aurora Public Library (APL) teen librarian Flannery Crump was the emcee for the 10th and final Teen Talent Show competition July 28 at the Copley Theatre in downtown Aurora. The audience was entertained by the stiff competition and rousing vocal performances of competitors Elliot Gallegos, JJ...

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Kirhofer's Sports champion: Kirhofer's Sports Aurora American Legion League baseball team members pose for photos shortly after capturing the 2018 playoffs championship Friday. Kirhofer's Sports defeated New Life Mechanical, 5-0, in the championship game at Solfisburg Park's Joe Bernard Field in the John Galles Sports Complex in Aurora. Joe Healy photo

Kirhofer’s Sports, former UAW 145, captures Aurora Legion League Championship

By Joe Healy –  I had the pleasure for several seasons of coaching Kirhofer’s Sports when it was known as U.A.W. Local #145 in Aurora American Legion League baseball. I handed over the managerial reins to former player and current manager, Alex Varvarezos. There were a handful of other former...

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Christopher Faber named Batavia MainStreet executive director Batavia Illinois

Christopher Faber executive director of Batavia MainStreet

Christopher Faber has been named as the executive director for the City of Batavia’s Downtown Partnership organization, Batavia MainStreet. Batavia MainStreet is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization working to enhance, promote, and revitalize Downtown Batavia as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. MainStreet is host to community events...

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Chuck Roberts and Charlie Zine reach the dock Monday, July 23 in Ottawa at the end of their eight-day, 202-mile trip in Ottawa at the confluence of the Fox River and Illinois River.

Following the flow down Fox River: All 202 miles

By Charlie Zine –  Editor’s note: Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts completed an eight-day, 202-mile journey from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa and finished Monday, July 23. There were two photos on the front page of The Voice last week. Here is Charlie Zine’s focus on the trip. I have enjoyed...

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Donna Crane

Beyond Meat tests continual, matches beef’s taste

First of three parts Our society will be faced with many decisions regarding our future food consumption. Having been raised on a farm where we produced our own meats and vegetables, it was a seemingly healthy lifestyle. We fed our animals grains and hay which we harvested and then after...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Deborah Read Franklin served as good wife, good mother

Last of two parts Following up on the extraordinary life of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, I wanted to learn about his common-law wife, Deborah Read Franklin. How did this woman interest him time and time again, even though separations kept them apart for many years at a time and once...

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Charles Coddintgon

On relations, history, of the United States and Russia

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. When it comes to relations between the United States and Russia, there aren’t any good guys present. Both countries have been at war, a cold war, to be sure, with each other since the end of World War I. Do you doubt me, dear...

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