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Gina Salamone waves, along with Derek Conley, on an Aurora Downtown float in last year's Winter Lights parade. Salamone is a volunteer board member for Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit of business and property owners in SSA #One in Aurora. Jason Arthur photo

Fun times in Aurora downtown this year, in community

By Marissa Amoni –  As the year comes to an end, I am looking back with gratitude on all of the fun times in downtown Aurora, thanks to an incredible downtown community. We are lucky to have the most amazing and supportive family in downtown, from business owners to museum…...

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John Whitehead

Christmas movies, music, can reinforce faith in humanity

What a year. It feels as if government Grinches and corporate Scrooges have been working overtime to drain every last drop of joy, kindness, and liberty from the world. After endless months of gloom and doom, it’s hard not to feel like Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas when…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Sharing often with many, symbolic at Lehnertz and for sailors

The Christmas holidays offer unnatural times for the majority of us. The usual scenes during the usual weeks give way to holiday spirit, special events, family traditions. Old connections are remembered and new memories often are found and preserved. We must remember that not all joy is the experience for…...

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Balloons, solar, as cell tower?: Loon LLC is an Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary working on providing Internet access to rural and remote areas by using high-altitude balloons at an altitude of about 11 miles to create an aerial wireless network. Each balloon’s electronics are powered by an array of solar panels and a battery for use at night. Google photo

Future solar uses will be widespread, including military

By Donna Crane – Last of two parts John Fialka’s, online report about the future of the solar industry for Scientific American (E&E News) continues this week. “Scientists are developing flexible, thin films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. “The military learned in…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Celebration of Christmas includes ancient European sites

Imagine listening to Bach’s Christmas Ortario while cruising down the Danube River on Christmas Eve. The Danube’s origins are a trickle in the Black Forest of Germany, at the Breg Martinskapelle. The Danube was known to the ancient Greeks as the Istros Thracian, meaning “strong, swift.” The Danube is Europe’s…...

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Charles Coddintgon

Society’s solutions include no-growth economy, slow production

From the vault, 17 November 2011 and 19 April 2012 (revised): News reports from the hinterland in recent months described the impact the Donald Trump tariffs on Chinese exports have had upon American farmers. The “People’s Republic” retaliated in kind by targeting the most vulnerable segment of the American economy:…...

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Bryan Gay Invest Aurora

Bryan Gay introduced as new Invest Aurora’s president, CEO

Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Board of Directors of Invest Aurora, Aurora’s public/private economic development partnership, announced the appointment of the former economic development director of Choose DuPage, Bryan Gay, as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Invest Aurora. Gay was introduced to City Council during…...

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Aurora Public Library's Collin Benson

Collin Benson hits ground running at Eola Branch Library

By Miriam Meza –  Growth continues at the Aurora Public Library (APL), from increased collaborations to professional growth for our staff members. It is true for our new adult services paraprofessional at Eola Road Branch, Collin Benson. He started at the Eola Road Branch November 23 and has hit the…...

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Aurora resident Bill Moore died Thursday, Dec. 13 at the age of 101. He was a Kiwanis Club of Aurora member for nearly 70 years. John Ross/The Voice

The late Bill Moore, 101, receives tributes from Kiwanis Club of Aurora members

Memories of the late Bill Moore: Bill Moore was blessed with a keen mind and a healthy body. He used those gifts to make every day positive and productive. He warmed every room that he entered. He was an Aurora legend. He will be missed. —Scott Voris  Bill was one…...

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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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