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It was Halloween night nineteen ninety seven when we moved to Aurora, Ontario and we have been living in Aurora ever since – same dwelling, same street, different neighbours and changed landscapes. Knock, knock. A boy that must have been about three years old, dressed in a yellow fireman suit, stood in front of our …

By John Abel, Aurora ON. On Saturday (Aug 4, 2012) the busiest day of the festival, the organizers of the Aurora Jazz+ Festival 2012 scheduled a special presentation to take place prior to the final act of the night. Taking part by invitation were MP Lois Brown, Minister of Tourism and Culture MPP Michael Chan, …

By Matt Maddocks. I’m heading out for a much anticipated 2 week solo motorcycle excursion to the east coast. On my way I plan to take the back roads, taking in the feel and culture of the small towns I stop at along the way. I’m hoping to get some small sense of these towns, …

By John Abel, Aurora ON. Aurora’s Historic Town Park was the venue for the Aurora Jazz+ Festival 2012 for the 4th straight year. For over 100 years our Town Park has served as a focal point for community events. That’s easy to see when you visit. There are many mature trees, a beautiful well constructed …

By Matt Maddocks. Recently I attended two of the many Doors Open Aurora events. I went to visit Harry Lumsden’s home/trumpeter swan sanctuary/Eden in Aurora. Mr. Lumsden, a Member of the Order of Canada and more recently a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement, was a wonderful host. I found …

The Town of Aurora is a very interesting community. Very rich in culture, history and surrounded by beautiful nature. However Aurora is ever changing and ever growing as a community. Whether you currently live here or not, perhaps it is time to share your Aurora stories – memories of Aurora the way it was, as …

The Ice Man Soft air, wine sweet with heady, floral scent, slippery seeds of watermelon season, sidewalks fry-an-egg sizzling hot, and then came the ice wagon. Mr. Case, on his high seat, coming down Kennedy Street over the hot, chewable-soft tar, wearing his deer skin apron. With huge ice tongs and leather carrier, he shoulders …

By Matt Maddocks. The last council meeting before “summer break” was interesting, to say the least. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that there must be something that happens when certain councilors, roused by the TV cameras and perhaps possessing an over-inflated sense of self-importance, shift from behaving in a respectful mature …

During the Aurora Council Meeting on June 12, 2012, options were being discussed for organizing and budgeting next year’s 2013 Canada Day celebrations as part of Aurora’s 150 year anniversary. One option being proposed was for the Town to pay for a consultant that would be responsible for celebration planning and fund raising. In response …

It’s often hard to tell how much the average person follows government politics at least the municipal government. Some do more than others, some not until election time, some not at all. But politics and government play a huge role in our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. The right to …