A’ROR’N Days a chance to relax, show off community’s progress

It’s showtime in A-Town.
Aurora will simultaneously hit the pause and go buttons this week with a celebration that has evolved into an annual highlight of the summer.
If you want something to do, the four-day agenda offers all kinds of opportunities to go, go, go with a variety of  events for people of all ages. If you are looking for a breather, a chance to slow down and catch up with your neighbors, friends and former Huskies, A’ROR’N Days fits that bill as well.
To Husky graduates back in town for their reunion and other guests visiting Aurora this week, we invite you to look around our little corner of the world. Despite the challenges brought on by $3 corn, there is an awful lot of visible progress in Aurora and Hamilton County.
The most obvious is on the west edge of town along 1st Street, where three projects are visible now in the new Streeter Subdivision. Westfield Quality Care, a new 64-bed skilled care facility, opened in April and is doing well.
To the south and west of that project are not one but two new housing subdivisions, both of which address critical housing needs. Streeter 2nd, located on the far west edge of the property along Matson Street, features 10 entry-level homes, eight of which are already sold. The project doubles as a showcase for Aurora and one of its largest employers, BonnaVilla Homes.
Between those two projects is the 23-lot Streeter 1st Subdivision, where construction has started on two new single-family dwellings in what promises to be a wonderful addition to our community.
Recreation facilities are also a priority in Aurora, with the latest addition featuring a brand new four-court tennis/pickleball complex in Streeter Park. In the last few years, voters said yes to a new aquatic center while community volunteers were the driving force behind partnerships that led to the development of new ballfields, tennis courts and a soccer complex scheduled to debut in the fall.
On the business front, Hamilton Telecommunications is hard at work now on a three-year plan to install fiber direct to every home in Hamilton County. That’s a very big deal that could open doors on several levels while also boosting local connections to the online realm.
There is a lot happening on the local front, and not just during A’ROR’N Days. Our community welcomes you!
Kurt Johnson

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