June 23, 2018


Aurora’s trails are yours to discover Sunday — and every day

Baseball, soccer to split Hallmark lands

The soccer community wanted two soccer fields to meet their growing needs, the baseball community wanted two diamonds to address the same issue, but will a compromise reached Tuesday over the future use of Aurora’s Hallmark lands make everyone happy?

Property owner could appeal designation of Aurora’s historic business core

Over the last few years, Benny Soscia has been buying up buildings in what is seen by many to be Aurora’s historic downtown business core – but now that Council has begun the process of designating six of his buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act, he could move to appeal the decision.

Aurora’s Vierling signs with OHL Firebirds

Not yet old enough to drive himself to practice, Evan Vierling is already thinking big in his plans for his future hockey career.

AURORA PRIDE – Aurora was well-represented in the annual York Pride Parade on Saturday afternoon, which transformed Main Street Newmarket into a sea of rainbows. Among the participants were Stephanie Mackenzie Smith, Manager of Corporate Communications for the Town of Aurora, Councillor Wendy Gaertner, senior student Emilie Ruecker, and Councillor John Abel. For more, see Page 10. Auroran photo by Glenn Rodger

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Council puts a “lid” on Aurora Armoury renos, approving $5 million budget

The devil was in the details, and now that Council has decided what kind of roof to put on the historic Aurora Armoury, money is now flowing to complete its restoration.


Six storey Holiday Inn site plan approved by Council

A site plan for a new Holiday Inn Express was given the thumbs-up at Council this week, paving the way for a six-storey 110 suite hotel near Wellington Street and Highway 404.


Scheer says Federal Conservatives will be the “party of yes”

Buoyed by the victory of Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs in the June 7 Provincial Election, Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was in Aurora on Monday night to keep the momentum going with the message that the Conservative party will be the “Party of Yes” to take on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Pride Festival shows the power of – and need for – safe spaces

Just 12 months ago, when the crowds cleared after the 2017 Pride Festival, revellers were left with little options, most returning to their York Region homes or, in some cases, continuing the Pride spirit a bit further away from home in Downtown Toronto. This year, however, was a very different story.

Sports Dome lease renewed as bubble still lies in ruins

Its remains might still lie where it fell after an early May windstorm ripped it to pieces, but when the Aurora Sports Dome rises again, it will be secure on-site with a new lease agreement with the Town.

“Set aside emotion” in making the right decision, urge delegates on Hallmark lands

Aurora’s soccer and baseball communities once again made their respective pitches to Council last week over use of the Hallmark Lands, but fresh voices urged Council to take emotion out of the equation when looking at options to address significant shortfalls when it comes to local sports fields.


Local gardeners gear up for 100th anniversary Garden Tour by putting on the personal touch

You can tell a lot about a person by the objects they surround themselves with. Sometimes they are cherished mementos of their own past, or maybe a generational heirloom to show where their forebears have been and where their descendants are going.

Historical Society supports bid for designated business core

The Aurora Historical Society renewed its mandate as heritage advocate last week, throwing its weight behind a bid by the Town’s Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) to designate 15 of Aurora’s historic downtown storefronts under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Plans for new fire station at Bayview and St. John’s move forward

A new fire station on the north end of Town, strategically located to better response times in both Aurora and Newmarket, cleared a significant hurdle last week.


Aurora’s trails are yours to discover Sunday — and every day



Aurora FC men collect first win of League1 season

Three weeks after a first-round exit from the League1 Cup at the hands of Toronto’s ProStars FC, the Aurora FC men were able to exact their revenge.

Junior A Tigers make a play for physical talent

It’s a new era for the Aurora Tigers. That is the slogan making the rounds at the Aurora Tigers office, in the dressing room, and on social media.

Aurora Jays fall to Lisle in walk-off loss

The Aurora Jays’ struggles at the plate continued over the weekend in the North Dufferin Baseball League, scoring only a trio of runs while falling short against the Lisle Astros.


Aurora’s Vierling signs with OHL Firebirds

Not yet old enough to drive himself to practice, Evan Vierling is already thinking big in his plans for his future hockey career.


Aurora’s Vierling signs with OHL Firebirds

Not yet old enough to drive himself to practice, Evan Vierling is already thinking big in his plans for his future hockey career.


Aurora Youth Soccer hits the pitch for house league festival

The Aurora Youth Soccer Club held its annual June Festival last weekend, a chance for house league players of all ages to meet in a two-day tournament across Aurora’s fields.


Aurora’s Nembhard leads Canada past Argentina in FIBA Championship

The future of Canadian basketball is bright, with Aurora’s own Andrew Nembhard at the helm.


Minor Mosquito Jays golden in Bolton tournament

It may still be spring, but Aurora-King’s boys of summer have already picked up some hardware.


Aurora FC stopped short by unbeaten clubs

Both sides of Aurora FC entered week six looking to hand their opponents their first loss of the League1 Ontario season, yet both remained unbeaten when the dust cleared.


Aurora Youth Soccer grads commit to collegiate programs

Aurora’s developmental soccer program has long been considered a factory for collegiate talent, and this year’s crop is no different.

Arts & Culture


Drag Queen Story Time a success for Library

Aurora Public Library will build on Drag Queen Story Time after families embrace inaugural Pride event.


Voices of Joy Community Choir celebrates 20th anniversary

The inspirational VOJ Voices of Joy Community Choir is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a Special Concert: “20 Years of Music and Friendship” Sunday, June 10, at 3p.m., at Bethel Community Christian Reformed Church, 333 Davis Drive Newmarket.


Historical society’s three-part World War One exhibition wraps with the end and aftermath

William John Mugford was probably like so many other Aurora men of his generation when he signed up in the name of King & Country to fight for Canada in the First World War: imbued my patriotism more than a little sense for adventure.


All are worthy in The Temple of Fame

Re-mounted play marked 100th anniversary of Aurora milestone.


Women’s Groups in focus as Aurora celebrates Temple of Fame centenary

Groups like 100 Women Who Care have shown how the power of women can make a difference on the community around them. These women’s groups have been on something of an upswing in recent years, but before a downturn in the 1960s and 1970s, such groups were often the lifeblood of communities nation-wide.


Merlin’s Hollow opens Saturday for 37th season

Merlin’s Hollow, the famed garden of David and Dierdre Tomlinson will welcome visitors for their 37th season this Saturday. Founded by landscape architect David Tomlinson, ...


Temple of Fame to show the progress of women, and how much work there is still to do


Tales from the Aurora Pet Cemetery takes you on virtual tour of forgotten gem

It lies hidden away in forest and brush, a natural oasis in the middle of burgeoning development, but unless you went in for a closer look, you wouldn’t even know it was there.


TA’s The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls: A Review

Theatre Aurora takes another look at family relationships in “The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls”, now playing.


Botanica looks at the life force in nature – and humans

Tree branches are gnarled, bare reminders of seasons past, but spring is in the air. Soon each trunk, stem and twig will erupt in new buds, new growth, ready to give again.

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