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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

The Voice of Democracy rings well in VFW speech competition

Vietnam veteran and Naperville resident George Cramer receives encouragement from the youth today, especially those participants in the annual Voice of Democracy speech contest. Cramer is the 19th District quartermaster for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) which serves part of northern Illinois. He has been a judge at the...

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Donna Crane

Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology

First of two parts Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology. Scientists are developing flexible, thin-films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. John Fialka, submitted the following report online November 30 for Scientific American (E&E News). “Now that solar energy is competitive with...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Best loved Christmas songs include stories not often told

In the silence of the Holy Night, we hear the church bells ringing and recall some of the best loved songs of Christmas. Last year I wrote of “Silent Night” and its creator, so will not include it in this year’s top 10. However, consider it an extra at number...

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Wayne Johnson

Something to know: From Vermont to whistling jellyfish

For this week, I thought I might post some interesting (to me anyway), true facts I’ve gleaned from sources around the world and up your block. Feel free to use any of these facts to make you look smarter and better informed than the average troglodyte. Or, discard them, when...

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December in Aurora provides unique holiday attractions

By Deena Sherman –  December is one of the best times of the year to live in Aurora. We mix the best of universal holiday traditions with some unique Aurora area attractions. From Phillips Park to Blackberry Farm, there are fun things to do across the City. One of my...

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Marilyn Weisner holds a plaque presented to her husband, the Thomas J. Weisner Award for Excellence in Education Collaboration, at Saturday’s We Care Together Party and Auction at the Santori Library of Aurora. He was the first recipient. Left is John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board, and Daisy Porter Reynolds, the APL executive director. Submitted photo

New: Thomas J. Weisner Award

By Miriam Meza –  The Aurora Public Library and Foundation offers to thanks to everyone for attending the We Care Together Party and Auction December 1. It was a night full of laughter and joy, giving to a great cause, and honoring of members within our community. One of the...

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Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

Ingenuity helped Mike Wellington with driving in Vietnam

By John Montesano –  Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. He was born July 13, 1948 in Akron, Ohio. In 1959, the family moved to the Boulder Hill section of Montgomery. In 1967, he dropped out of school...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

A dose of reality amid holidays

Holiday celebrations, parties, tree-lighting, and fun can be sprinkled with a dose of seriousness, and for good reason for most of us. The annual Holiday in the Grove in Sugar Grove Saturday included Santa, breakfast, and turning lights on the real tree in front of the Community House. The holiday...

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Donna Crane

Importance of voting includes the reservations

Molly Hensley-Clancy of BuzzFeed News continues a report on difficulties of voting and remembrances of the Standings Rock Indian Reservations in Fort Yates, N.D.. “At least she’s here,” said a tribal health care worker named Jana about U.S. senator Heidi Heitkam. Jana said it was important that Heitkamp had visited...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Christmas travelers in 1830s England used coaches

“Christmas, my child, is love in action.” —Dale Evans Rogers Normally, during the Christmas season in England during the 19th Century, parcels were more lucrative than paying passengers. It was during the reign of William IV, between 1830 and 1837, that coach and inn were meant to take care of...

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Charles Coddintgon

The Chas confession humorous on his special acting career

My colleague, Wayne Johnson, occasionally has graced this page with notes on his illustrious film “career.” The Chas never has appeared in a movie, although he always wanted to; but, he, a poor player, has strutted and fretted his hour upon the stage and then was heard no more, to...

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Larry Frieders

Health care and insurance system broken; repair required

The Opioid Epidemic is in the news, on social media, and being discussed everywhere from the boardroom to the pulpit. Although the situation might not perfectly fit the definition of epidemic, which is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time, it’s close enough....

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Donna Crane

Voter ID law works against Native American voters

Third of four parts Molly Hensley-Clancy of BuzzFeed News continues a report on difficulties of voting and remembrances of the Standings Rock Indian Reservations in Fort Yates, N.D.. “It’s an exercise in tribal sovereignty,” said Dan Nelson, program director of the Lakota People’s Law Project about voting rights. “They (authorities)...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Jesus of Nazareth focus continues in opinions, discoveries

“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem” —Luke 2:15 Jesus of Nazareth was a First-Century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central leader of Christianity. His birth is celebrated annually December 25. The name Jesus is derived from the Latin Jesus and that from the Greek form of...

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Wayne Johnson

Thanksgiving Day thoughts: Unusually thankful for unusual

Winter is upon us. Maybe not just yet officially, but it feels just like it. In Al Demeter Park south of the Aurora Public Library, the trees have shed their beautiful Fall colors. Although the bears are hibernating in their dens, it’s still a good idea to take small children...

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Renewal: Israel, Palestinian struggle, and the West

By Hesham Shehab –  Early in October, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad described Jews as “hook-nosed,” at the United Nations, and blamed them for creating the troubles in the Middle East. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Mahathir said the world “rewards Israel” for breaking international laws...

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Ask Grandpa: A follow-up to ring-bearer at wedding

Grandpa, This is (names withheld by Grandpa for their privacy). In May we wrote to you about our daughter being the ring bearer in our wedding (See Ask Grandpa, The Voice, May 31, 2018). After we wrote you, (groom’s) sister let us know that she had hoped to be the...

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Dorothy and the Scarecrow interact during the Wizard of Oz at the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series. The production will run through January 6, 2019. Liz Laruen photo

Dorothy and companions: Innocence and wonder in Wizard of Oz

By Joani Foster –  Another must-see performance at the Paramount Theatre, Wizard of Oz, is wowing audiences just as top performances have since 1931 in Aurora. It is not just for children. It is truly for everyone. This production is a burst of happiness. We all could use a little...

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Donna Crane

Standing Rock legacy: Finding ways to vote legally

Second of four parts Molly Hensley-Clancy of BuzzFeed News continues a report on difficulties of voting and remembrances of the Standings Rock Indian Reservations in Fort Yates, N.D.. “Phyllis Young leaves the ‘yellow house,’ which is being used as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s get-out-the-vote headquarters. “Four days before Election...

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Charles Coddintgon

Chromosomes determine our genetics, LGBTQ community

Homosexuality may be a political issue, which Joan Solms avers in The Voice, but it is most certainly not a moral one. Questions of morality involve conscious choices; one decides to become either moral or immoral depending upon his/her understanding of the current code of morality. Codes of morality have...

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