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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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Wed
20
Jun

Mobile food pantry hosted to help those with food insecurity

A mobile food pantry, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America and Food Bank for the Heartland, was held at The Leadership Center Monday night. Employees from the FCS office in Grand Island volunteered to distribute approximately 4,000 pounds of food free to individuals and families in need.

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Wed
20
Jun

Youth Center seeking money to replace loss of state funds

The Youth Center continues its search for local funding to replace lost state aid and last week asked the Aurora City Council to consider its request for $10,000.
Scott Cerveny, who has served for many years as co-manager of the Aurora center with his wife, Kristina, explained the need for additional funding.
“In the last two to three years the state has required much more detailed information on the youth to qualify for state funding,” he told council members during a June 12 meeting.

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Wed
20
Jun

Briggs Whalen makes a splash at first Operation Shine Camp

Briggs Whalen arrived in style to his first-ever Operation Shine Camp on June 8. The camp, housed at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp just north of Hordville, welcomed more than a dozen campers from all over Nebraska for an unforgettable camping experience, specialized for campers with extra needs. Briggs’ mother, Kari Valentine, rolled down the back windows so that her son could see his “rock star entrance” to the camp he was to call home for the rest of the weekend.

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Fri
15
Jun

Free Mobile Food Pantry in Aurora June 18

Food Bank for the Heartland is partnering with FCSAmerica to host a mobile food pantry in Aurora on Monday, June 18 from 4-6 p.m. at The Leadership Center, 2211 Q Street, Aurora.

 

Fri
15
Jun

Aurora Film Club going 'Back to the Future'

The Aurora Film Club reels into A’ROR’N Days, on Wednesday, June 20 with a public movie screening of “Back to the Future” at 12th Street Cinema. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7. For more details, see this week's ANR.

 

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