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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Valentine’s Day comfortable all year; history in House

The easy and loving breath of fresh air personified by Valentine’s Day should be the approach every week of the year. Well, some may say the pressure to please should be less than once a year. Nonetheless, think of the greeting card companies, chocolate companies, floral shops, teddy bear brigades,…...

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Charles Coddintgon

A few thoughts compelling on climate change, weather

Late last month, while waiting for a bus at the Aurora Transportation Center, I encountered my first, and, hopefully, my last, climate change denier. For no apparent reason other than to pass the time on a cold January afternoon, a young man shared with me his views on the weather…....

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Change not such a bad thing: We adapt, adopt, every day

Even though change may be a four-letter word to some of us, we have many experiences of change. We simply adapt and move on to the next change. Absorb and incorporate. That’s life! Do we want to resist or see the joy in something new? We do not have to…...

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Donna Crane

Animal extinction for food ends with soy: Professor

Last of two parts The Independent newspaper in London, England published the following article written about professor Raj Patel, who stated: “Re-imagining a world with less stuff, but more joy is probably the way forward.” Here is part two of the role of industrial agriculture. The Independent published the following…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Growing apart: He grew defensive, they wanted a husband, dad

She bought the green beans, took the children to the dentist, and cleaned the toilets. He was a rising star at the company because he was affable, capable, and personable. He wanted his moment on center stage. She decorated the house for Valentine’s Day, took the children to violin practice,…...

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Wayne Johnson

Stories in from the cold, deep freeze, distant past, of work

Did we all enjoy the arctic blast that descended on us last week? Of course not. It’s never fun to have icicles dangling off your frostbitten nose, or Inuit tribes traipsing through your backyard hunting polar bears. But it was the perfect opportunity for our Bonehead-in-Chief, on the advice from…...

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Larry Frieders

Don’t do it, response to pharmacist career question

There isn’t a month that goes by where some well-meaning grandparent, parent, uncle, or aunt, doesn’t ask me about pharmacy as a career for their loved one. What are the salaries like? Are there jobs? What are the best schools? How long does it take to become a licensed pharmacist?…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Extreme polar vortex puts society to the test; thanks for help

Recollection recently in late January pointed to snow storms survived in our northern Illinois area. Snow banks as high as six-feet or more to obscure a tall person walking down the street was a memory of the January 1979 snow storm. The worst storm of all time in northern Illinois,…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Notre Dame Cathedral’s extensive history Paris highlight

To continue this week on the Paris theme, you will learn about the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and its history, stained glass, organ, and bells. This medieval Catholic cathedral sits on the Ile de la Cite I in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. As the most visited monument in Paris,…...

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Charles Coddintgon

No. 200 essay: Goal continues to provide food for thought

This essay, dear reader, is my 200th for this publication. It calls for something special. To wit: To write, or not to write: That is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to ignore The lies and hypocrisies of American society, Or to take up pen against the calumnies,…...

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West Aurora’s superintendent explains Library position

By Lyle R. Rolfe –  West Side Aurora residents have been concerned since late last year about the future of the West Branch of the Aurora Public Library that is attached to the Washington Middle School. Dr. Jeffrey Craig, West Aurora School District 129 superintendent, said School District officials have…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Haberkern appointed Aurora Public Library director; West Branch to stay put

Stop the presses! Well, almost. Late Tuesday evening this week, only a short time prior to completing this week’s issue of The Voice for an early Wednesday morning press time we received information about the Aurora Public Library West Branch: It will not move from its site. Another bulletin: Michaela…...

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Donna Crane

Natural habitat in yards create a functioning ecosystem

Last of two parts (click here for part 1) The article in Mother Nature Network (MNN) written by Tom Oder, entitled: “How to save nature, one backyard at a time,” continues. “The project gives homeowners a place to learn about wildlife landscaping without incurring major expenses such as the cost…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

A taste, a sampling, a poetic portion on France, food, history

Imagine, if you can, that stone tools found at Chilhac, France indicate that pre-human ancestors may have been present in France at least 1.6 Million years ago. Think about that; 1.6 Million years ago! Think how short our lives are in comparison, even if we are granted 90 or 100…...

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Wayne Johnson

Thoughts to chew on: The Gum Challenge, goaded, and gloating

Over the past months in The Voice, I’ve written stories of my various death-defying occupations, such as forklift driver, assembly line worker, paperboy, at my various places of employment, advancing in my chosen career of never doing the same thing twice or even once, for that matter. Here is yet…...

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Weisner Family Center For Career Development in West Aurora School District 129

Weisner Family Center: Relevant, development on course

By Lyle R. Rolfe –  The late Aurora mayor Tom Weisner is remembered by the West Aurora School District 129 through a new building named in his honor and of his family. It all started after Dr. Jeff Craig was named West Aurora School District 129 superintendent to replace the…...

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From left: Mooseheart physics teacher Curt Schlinkmann and seniors Anthony Gomez and Amanda Jones. Schlinkmann, who originated Mooseheart’s bridge-breaking contest in 1987, will retire at the end of this school year. Mooseheart Communications photo

Bridge-breaking contest at Mooseheart to end 33-year run

For 33 years, it’s been a tradition at Mooseheart for Curt Schlinkmann’s physics class members to participate in a bridge-breaking contest in early January. This year’s version of that contest took place Wednesday, Jan. 16 and senior Amanda Jones’ won when her bridge held 33.6 pounds of weight before it…...

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Four Aurora Police Officers receive Medals of Valor, the highest recognition bestowed by the Aurora Police Department

Four Aurora Police Officers receive Medals of Valor, the highest recognition bestowed by the Aurora Police Department

The Aurora Police Department honors from Police Chief Kristen L. Ziman, left, Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Aurora Police Headquarters include, from left, to Officer Rsyzard Drozdowski, Officer Bradley R. Vonhoff, Investigator Colin J. Griffin, and Investigator Matthew A. Huber. Two of the Officers, Ryszard (“Rick”) Drozdowski and Bradley Vonhoff, were…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Aurora site, groups, host to JB Pritzker prior to governorship

New beginnings were the focus Saturday evening in Aurora. Joining together at the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Senior Living Center were residents, the Boys II Men mentor group, and JB Pritzker, two days away from being sworn in as governor. There were smiles and applause in ample supply. The…...

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