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Dr. Paul Granoff retires from Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora after 48 years

Dr. Paul Granoff announces his retirement from Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora after 48 years

By Paul Granoff, M.D. FAAP Rush-Copley Hospital, Aurora Dear families, I recently announced my retirement after 48 years of practice in the Aurora community and surrounding areas. The decision to retire comes with many mixed emotions. I will greatly miss caring for all of you who are like family to...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Voting essential, a privilege; early-voting sites listed to help

Voting for candidates, our representatives, community officials, elicit a variety of reactions. The range: On one end the diatribe is that voting is the most important thing we can do to perpetuate democracy is to vote and at the other end is disdain for voting because it makes no difference...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Time, clocks, changing timepieces part of our lives

“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in its steady pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded Time.” —Macbeth soliloquy Act 5 Scene 5, by William Shakespeare About 1450 BC, the sundial came into existence. After observing the natural rhythm of daylight and darkness, civilizations looked for...

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Wayne Johnson

On evolving into the 21st Century technology, shudder, and back

At the risk of sounding like a doddering, senile, old guy afraid of anything new, and life in the 21st Century generally, which I am, but I don’t want to sound like one, there are many things I would prefer that, when they reach a good point in their development,...

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Seniors can find help with computer-oriented technology

By Barb Nadeau –  The needier you are the more access to technology you have a need to survive these trying times. Senior citizens, especially the oldest among us, are not usually considered the most computer-savvy individuals. They sometimes struggle with cell phones and learning about the newest apps, they...

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Marilyn Weisner Executive Director Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry executive director, Marilyn Weisner to retire at the end of this year

Lynn Flores, president of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry Board of Directors, Wednesday, Oct. 17 confirmed the retirement of its executive director, Marilyn Weisner, at the end of this year. “Aurora Food Pantry Board, staff and volunteers wish to thank Marilyn for her many years of tireless and committed...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Newspaper Week: Change in, highlight of, communications

One of the many special weeks in a year is Newspaper Week. We are in it this week, October 7-13. It is convenient, therefore, to use this time and space both to defend the so-called Fourth Estate, our journalism situation, and to focus on and promote The Voice, based in...

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Donna Crane

Gallup revisits society’s view of socialism in poll

Eillie Anzilotti, is assistant editor for Fast Company’s Ideas section, which covers sustainability, social good, and alternative economies. He wrote the following article, entitled: “More and more Americans believe socialism will boost equity.” “The last time the polling company Gallup asked Americans about their understanding of the word ‘socialism’ was...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Life in 1936: Roosevelt election to the telephone

While cleaning out book shelves and taking books to resale, I came across the Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia year books I had forgotten were in my possession. Remember when our information came from such encyclopedias? I remember sitting in the library carels at Illinois State University in Normal, on a...

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Charles Coddintgon

Kavanaugh on U.S. Supreme Court: Consequences focal

It’s a done deal. Brett Kavanaugh has been awarded a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now there are two justices who sit under a black cloud of suspicion. It can’t get any worse than this, can it? The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh was the most contentious in American history....

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Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Tom Mlynek the October Veteran of the Month. He was born April 24, 1947 in Chicago. He grew up in McKinley Park, was graduated from Holy Trinity High School, and earned an associates degree at Wright Junior College....

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John Whitehead

Big Brother assisted by technology

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases by using emerging surveillance, DNA, and biometrics technologies, Big Brother, and his corporate partners in crime, are getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive, and stalker-like. Indeed, every dystopian...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Putting pause on politics helps elevate the discourse, always

National news does have an impact on us at our community level and we should be sensitive to it. The one-week reprieve in the confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be on the U.S. Supreme Court was a welcome relief. Until the one-week break, it was politics as usual,...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Davenport, Iowa part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” —Vincent Van Gogh You will have the pleasure of reading about Davenport, Iowa, and its history and attractions. On a recent book tour, I met with the mayor of Davenport, Frank J. Klipsch, who is on...

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Wayne Johnson

Saga of kids, trains, and collecting coal from engines

While reading the column by The Chas (Charles Coddington) in the September 27 issue of The Voice (click here for article) about his early fascination with trains, it got me thinking about some broccoli I ate last night. No. I did think about it, but that’s not what I’m referring...

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Amy Roth

Aurora City Council could approve health care savings

Aurora aldermen are expected to approve a three-year contract with a health care benefit consulting firm during their next regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Committee of the Whole participants passed the agreement to the City Council for approval. The city government has worked with Group Alternatives, Inc....

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Larry Frieders

Changing perception of hemp permits beneficial use

Is CBD (Hemp) a Hoax or a Fad? For vast amounts of history, life on earth, including human, advanced side-by-side with hemp, a prolific weed. It grew everywhere. Animals ate it. Birds loved the seed. A survey in 2003 showed that more than 95% of hemp seed sold in the...

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John Whitehead

Protection of free speech maintains state of liberty

“Who needs direct repression,” said philosopher Slavoj Zizek, “when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?” In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at...

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Stephanie Kifowit and Fran Caffee recipients of Tenth Annual Women’s Power Lunch awards

By Jason Crane –  For a nearly a decade, the Women’s Power Lunch has honored women who do amazing things in the Fox Valley area. State representative Stephanie Kifowit received the 2018 Woman Of Power Award, Thursday, Sept. 20 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. Fran Caffee was honored with the...

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Batavia-Geneva 100th high school football game: Meaningful

By George H. Scheetz –  Batavia High School vs. Geneva High School is one of the longest-running high school football rivalries in Illinois. Since 1913, the schools have played 99 games in 105 years; the century game will take place at Bulldog Stadium in Batavia Friday. As Batavia’s Public Library...

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