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Dec

Come Home to Christmas

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The streets of downtown Aurora lit up in the glow of a new holiday tradition Saturday as the first of what is hoped will become an annual "Come Home to Christmas" celebration unfolded. See this week's ANR for detalled coverage and reaction.

Wed
27
Nov

Russell joins Plainsman Museum staff

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Sutton native Barrett Russell has been named interim director of the Plainsman Museum, pursuing what he recalls as an early fascination with history.
Russell began his new position Nov. 19, stepping in for long-time museum director Tina Larson, who resigned earlier this month.
“It’s something I thought would be interesting,” Russell said. “In high school I took an interest in history and found it fascinating to learn what people have done in the past, learn from their mistakes and try not to repeat them, but we always do.”
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

Staff changes at city’s WWTP facility

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Friday represented a changing of the guard at Aurora’s wastewater treatment plant, with director Dennis SaBell training John Allen to fill a spot he is vacating to pursue a new career.
Allen joins Charley Kraus, an assistant at the plant, completing the two-man crew.
SaBell is familiar with the learning curve and transition Allen now faces, having stepped into a similar role in 2013 after the death of long-time WWTP Manager Ed Vanlaningham. The two began that transition during the past week, before SaBell began his new job.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

Stage set for ‘Come Home to Christmas’

As the holidays grow ever-nearer, communities in Hamilton County draw equally as close to Christmas shopping and the start of preparations for another end to an eventful year. As these holidays approach it is no surprise that unique and festive events start to pop up around town, one of which includes the brand new Come Home to Christmas event hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.  
Chamber Coordinator Justise Rhoden voiced positive updates on the team’s inaugural holiday kick-off event, nestled on the eve of Nov. 30 to coincide with Small Business Saturday and fill Aurora with local holiday charm. 
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition. 

Further information as far as details and schedule can also be gained by contacting the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. 

Wed
27
Nov

County planners deny Bluestem’s wind energy permit

County planners voted unanimously Nov. 19 to recommend denying Bluestem Energy Solution’s request for a conditional use permit to build a four-tower wind energy project south of Interstate 80.
After reviewing the application in detail and considering input from an October public hearing which drew strong opposition to the proposal, planners cited a number of reasons for denying the request. The recommendation to county board members will include one specific finding of fact, citing a Wichita State University study which planners say confirmed their concerns that property values for neighboring landowners would be negatively impacted by a wind farm.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

MCHI’s ‘Delay the Disease’ program strikes the right balance

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One of Memorial Community Heath’s (MCHI) newest wellness programs is designed to help those affected with Parkinson’s Disease and has goals interwoven that target daily functional challenges and symptom-specific fitness needs. 
The inaugural class, which culminated on Nov. 21 ran for an hour starting at 10:30 a.m. and was packed full of participants eager to help “Delay the Disease.” This program was tailored from a national wellness program via OhioHealth.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

TLC Harvest Gala shines for the fifth time

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Maile Ilac-Boeder, director of The Leadership Center, ran the show once again during this year’s 2019 Harvest Gala, encouraging people during the live auction, testing cakes and overall celebrating a place and people that she’s passionate about -- all while raising money in the process. 
The night featured guest performances by the Aurora High School National Honors Society and many other fun moments, including backflips and pushups. 
Boeder, who was a busy bee the night of the Saturday gala, was asked to share the message she’d be giving the crowd prior to the event. 
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

Community service helps build character at Aurora High

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Community service and Aurora go hand in hand, running as part of the lifeblood of the town and the way it operates. This same thread extends into the halls of Aurora High School, where both students and student-athletes are encouraged to give their time and develop their character. 
“Aurora High School students do a great job of volunteering in Aurora and the surrounding communities through their involvement multiple school organizations,” said Principal Doug Kittle. “We appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community in any capacity that we can. Our sponsors and coaches understand the importance of servant leadership and the important role volunteerism plays in the community of Aurora and are willing to serve in any capacity possible.”
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

Bluestem attorney disappointed, also cites possible open meetings violation

Bluestem Energy Solutions expressed disappointment with last week’s planning commission vote to deny their request for a conditional use permit to build a wind farm, and also raised legal questions with the way the meeting was handled.
David Levy, an attorney with Baird Holm Attorneys in Omaha, said his client was disappointed with the meeting on several fronts.
“The application meets all requirements of the zoning regulations and the zoning regulations are what they are, whether the planning commission agrees with what the county board did or not,” Levy said. “The county board makes the law and it was disappointing to hear members of the planning commission effectively say, ‘Well, I don’t like those regulations and I don’t think complying with them is good enough.’”

To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
27
Nov

Grassroots effort aims to change wind regulations

A newly formed grassroots organization calling itself Preserve Hamilton County Horizons has filed an official request with county planners seeking to amend zoning regulations involving commercial wind farms.
Pat Anderson, a neighbor of the four-turbine wind project proposed south of Interstate 80, spoke out on behalf of the new organization, explaining its goals and objectives.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

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