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Wed
27
Jun

Preschool in short supply for Aurora

For parents with a child between 3 and 5, preschool is often at the forefront of the mind. Preschool can serve a vital role in preparing students for kindergarten, but parents in Aurora may have difficulty finding a program with openings -- or one that they qualify for.
“So we have a Head Start, which has criteria to get in, we have Aurora Childcare, which kind of has a criteria for preschool because you have to go to the daycare in order to be in the preschool,” said Jeff Sutter, Aurora Public Schools special education director. “Then our preschool (Aurora Preschool) has a waiting list for peer models. We can only allow so many in because we also serve students who are verified, so we have to have some room.

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Wed
27
Jun

Public to review city EMS report

A public open house has been scheduled for July 19 inviting community members to review a document outlining the findings and recommendations of the Aurora EMS Study Committee regarding a fire-based ambulance service.
That document is now being prepared by JEO Consulting staff members, according to Steve Wolf, a JEO community engagement director hired by the city to help facilitate its EMS study.

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Wed
27
Jun

City’s EMS committee considers need for overnight facilities

After a series of 10 meetings which began in February, the Aurora EMS Study Committee concluded its initial research June 19 with a discussion focused on billing services and budgeting, raising for the first time the topic of overnight lodging for ambulance personnel.
Cited as a strategy that could possibly improve response times while also minimizing personnel costs, the lodging concept drew widespread support.

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Wed
27
Jun

Commissioners give update on Hamilton Manor auction

The Board of Commissioners reported Monday that the Hamilton Manor auction, which took place June 19, was successful.
“We had over 165 bidders and the initial amount received was $47,245,” Commissioner Becky Richter stated. “We were fortunate to have assistance from some county employees who have helped us organize the auction, to help us oversee the picking up of items, and who helped us secure the area with the removal of HVAC units.”

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Wed
27
Jun

Head Start beginning enrollment, filling positions

The Head Start program is designed to prepare children for Kindergarten by improving school readiness skills in cognitive development, general knowledge, enhancing different approaches to learning, developing social and emotional interactions, and addressing the physical development and health of each child enrolled in the program.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in Head Start or Early Head Start or need more information about the enrollment process, please visit our website at http://communityactionmidne.com/head-start  or call our Head Start central office at 308-865-5690.
For more information on Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska and its programs and resources, please contact the Administration Building at 308-865-5675.

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Thu
21
Jun

ANR photo contest deadline July 6

Area shutterbugs are invited once again to share to their photographic talents in the annual News-Register/Hamilton Telecommunications amateur photo contest.
Categories for the 2018 contest are similar to previous years, with four main categories inviting photographers to point their lens toward our community in various ways.
The four categories are for action/sports; things; agriculture/nature; and any subject taken on a mobile device. Mobile device entries can be entered in these categories as well, though judges will take quality of the image into account when selecting the winners.
Photos must be taken by Hamilton County residents. All entries must be submitted to the News-Register by July 6 with a limit of three per person, per category. There is no fee to enter.

Wed
20
Jun

A’ROR’N Days set to unfold

The 29th version of A’ROR’N Days is set to unfold this weekend, inviting returning alumni, local residents and guests to engage in Aurora’s annual summer celebration.
The theme for this year’s event is “Classic Summertime Fun,” which really needs no explanation.
“We’re expecting another fun celebration,” noted committee member Jayne Mann Smith. “It’s the same song, a different verse. The overall schedule is not too much different this year. We have a pretty good thing going.”
As in past years, the concept behind the A’ROR’N Days schedule is for the planning committee to set the dates based on the alumni banquet, then organize a basic framework of events with local groups and organizations adding their own piece of the four-day pie.
Activities kick off a day earlier this year, with the first official event featuring a customer appreciation grill out hosted by Hamilton Telecommunications from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at their 12th Street headquarters.

Wed
20
Jun

City council approves zoning change for local dental clinic

Aurora City Council members voted June 12 to change the zoning at 1219 N St., the location of a 61-year dental practice, from residential to commercial.
Dr. Mike Allen, a retired dentist and long-time owner of the Aurora Dental Clinic, explained the reason for the request, which he said dates back to when his father first opened the dental office in 1957.
“There were no zoning ordinances back then and at some point it was grandfathered in to a commercial zone,” Allen said. “The rest of the block is residential.”

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Wed
20
Jun

Gudrun Escudié featured at Plainsman Museum’s Heritage Night June 11

The Plainsman Museum presented the Hamilton County Heritage Night on June 11, with dramatic readings, an immigrant speaker, and a spread of historical objects relevant to Hamilton County.
The night began with four speakers reading excerpts from writings and interviews of Hamilton pioneer settlers. The readings illustrated impactful moments of history including the infestation of grasshoppers. A slideshow serves as a backdrop with historical photos in Hamilton County.

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Wed
20
Jun

Aurora Chamber of Commerce planning new community events

Chris Small reviewed the mission and initial activities of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce last week and ended his presentation to the Aurora City Council with a request for additional city funding.
Small advised the council that he serves as coordinator of activities for the Aurora Area Chamber & Development, explaining that the AACD board voted last year to separate chamber and economic development activities, thereby reinstating the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

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