December 14, 2017

2017-12-14-02

Midday and evening GO Train service coming weekdays in January

2017-12-14-03

“Lower” concept approved for Library Square

Councillors back a "lower" square option to be built between the Aurora Public Library and Cultural Centre and, with Tuesday night's approval, design details will soon take shape.

2.4% tax increase set for approval this week

Municipal portion of the residential tax bill to rise 3.1 per cent.

Tigers keeping pace in tough OJHL North division

The race is on. Just past the halfway mark of the Ontario Junior Hockey League season, three teams...

2017-12-14-01
WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE AND SING A SLEIGHING SONG – Youngsters try a sleigh on for size outside Petch House on Wednesday night at the Town's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year's event featured a new twist this year in the form of a miniature Christmas Market, which is hoped to come into full bloom as its own event in 2018. Auroran photo by Glenn Rodger

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Menorah to be lit following graffiti incidents

A recent wave of hateful and anti-Semitic graffiti has shone a light on some of the darker waves in our community, but the Town of Aurora and Chabad Aurora are teaming up next week to shine an even brighter light on peace and freedom.

2017-12-14-08

Niagara College stresses “community partnership” in Library revamp

If you attended last Wednesday’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall and had the opportunity to sample turkey sliders or some of the other goodies being served up under the big top of the inflatable igloo, this was your first taste in what could be a long relationship between Aurora and the Canadian Institute of Food and Wine.

Process defended in Armoury deal with Niagara College

Aurora Council threw out the welcome mat for representatives of Niagara College last week, whose Canadian Institute of Food and Wine will be the centrepiece of upcoming renovations to the Town’s historic armoury.

Library Square offers “extraordinary moment” for Aurora: Planner

Approving the construction of Library Square will be an “extraordinary moment” in the efforts to revitalize Aurora’s Downtown, according to planners behind two design options up for Council consideration this week.

2017-12-14-06

Senior Stars to bring Scrooge to Life

Feeling a little doom and gloom over the recent onslaught of winter? Well, fret no more! There is just a fool-proof way to fully get into the “Christmas Spirit.” Just take in the Aurora Seniors Association Silver Stars presentation of Ebenezer Scrooge, this coming weekend at the Aurora Seniors’ Centre.

2017-12-14-10

Forget 1867 – artists shine a light on the momentous 1917

r As 2017 draws to a close, we have been inundated with celebrations and initiatives to mark 150 years since Confederation in 1867, but somewhat lost in the shuffle have been celebrations to mark another milestone year in Canadian history: 1867.

2017-12-14-09

Salvation Army needs more hands to run Kettle drive

Every dime you drop in a Salvation Army kettle this year stay within the community to help those calling it home – but if there aren’t enough volunteers to keep a kettle warm this season, those dimes will be hard to come by.

2017-12-14-05

“We always said ‘good enough’ was not good enough” – Long-time Parks Director Jim Tree set for retirement

When you work in a municipal parks department and your last name just happens to be “Tree,” chances are there’s not a pun that’s left unturned. Especially after 38 years in the job.

2017-12-14-02

Midday and evening GO Train service coming weekdays in January

2017-12-14-03

“Lower” concept approved for Library Square

Councillors back a "lower" square option to be built between the Aurora Public Library and Cultural Centre and, with Tuesday night's approval, design details will soon take shape.

Sports

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24:  Alex Formenton is interviewed after being selected 47th overall by the Ottawa Senators during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Formenton, Thomas named to World Junior roster

There is a good chance this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship will have a touch of local flavour. Aurora will have twice the opportunity to watch some homegrown talent at this year’s prestigious tournament in Buffalo, as both ex-Tiger Alex Formenton and Aurora native Robert Thomas earned invites to this week’s selection camp in St. Catherines.

3HL Tour returns to Aurora for Christmas Classic

Overtime, all the time. That is the fast-paced experience fans get with the 3HL Tour, making a stop in Aurora over the holidays in the league’s third year.

Romano notches first international point at WJA Challenge

Anthony Romano can now say he has seen his name on the stat sheet for Team Canada. That has to be quite the feeling.

2017-12-14-04

Tigers keeping pace in tough OJHL North division

The race is on. Just past the halfway mark of the Ontario Junior Hockey League season, three teams...

Panthers join tournament to benefi t mental health

Some things are just more important than hockey. The Bantam Aurora Panthers will be looking to break the stigma around mental health when they take the ice in January for the Start Talking Cup, a...

Advantage Rugby aims to get high-schoolers recruited

Rugby players in York Region looking to make the jump to the collegiate level will have the chance to do so in front of recruiters this weekend.

2017-11-30-07

York Region high schools return to the ice

High school hockey is back in full swing in Aurora. Five local teams are suiting up for this year’s York Region Athletic Association season, one of which will be looking for a divisional three-peat.

LONDON, ON - OCTOBER 9:  of the Sudbury Wolves skates against the London Knights during an OHL game at Budweiser Gardens on October 9, 2015 in London, Ontario, Canada. The Knights defeated the Wolves 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Aurora’s Thomas named captain of OHL Knights

The honours keep rolling in for Robert Thomas. For the Aurora native, the 2017 calendar year will be one to remember, earning both the titles of top St. Louis Blues prospect and London Knights captain.

2017-11-23-06

Hemburrow finds her way into NCAA’s top division in swimming

Laura Hemburrow had to wade through dozens of suitors to find the right school for her in the NCAA’s Division I program. Pardon the pun, but it is pretty impressive.

2017-11-23-07

Aurora Sports Hall of Fame recalls former national sport with induction

Aurora’s sporting community was reminded at the annual Hall of Fame induction dinner that neither hockey nor lacrosse was Canada’s leading sport a century ago. The Auroran touched last week on...

Arts & Culture

2017-12-14-02

Midday and evening GO Train service coming weekdays in January

2017-11-30-05

“Sherlock Holmes” faces identity crisis at Theatre Aurora

How do you introduce yourself? You start with your name, of course, but what’s your next angle? Chances are, you follow up with what you do. Aurora resident Joey Ferguson, for instance, might come up, shake your hand and say, “Hi, I’m Joey, and I’m a teacher,” but, he says, there’s so much more to him than that.

2017-10-26-08

Elvis has Marquee “All Shook Up” for next show

Elvis Presley’s music – okay, probably his hips more than anything – left audiences all shook up when he burst onto the music scene in the 1950s, and now his music is leaving a whole new generation “All Shook Up.” Aurora’s Marquee...

2017-10-12-07

Making Peace “reminds us to open our hearts”

Bonnie Kraft had to do some digging. A self-described “bit of a flower child” in her youth, she knew she had to find the metal peace symbol she wore around her neck for five straight years during the height of the Vietnam War.

Theatre Aurora’s new season lays groundwork for anniversary “rebirth”

It’s an inevitability of any lifecycle, the ultimate end – but, if done right, it can be one hell of a trip. It certainly has for Theatre Aurora as they put the finishing touches on their latest season, which is the end of a very unique lifecycle all its own.

2017-09-21-06

Barrie student takes the Hoedown Showdown crown

16-year-old John Anderson was a tough act to follow. The Grade 11 student from Barrie was the first finalist to take the stage Friday night in the Hoedown Showdown competition, where 10 finalists from across Ontario vied for the crown of Canada’s next country star.

2017-09-14-05

In This Our Lives: Keeping a promise to Bette Davis

She never went anywhere without leaving an impression. Whether she was on the silver screen blazing an iconic trail with indelible performances as...

2017-08-24-03

Capturing today’s history – one snap at a time

You all know the feeling when a photo turns out to have that certain special something that you want to share with the world. You send it out, let people know where you’ve been, who you’ve met and, in some cases, what you’re eating. A new phenomenon spawned by smart phones and social media? Think again.

2017-08-17-05

New executive director explores new opportunities for Cultural Centre

It’s a far cry from being an accountant, but the number crunching has served Suzanne Haines well as she dropped the traditional nine-to-five job to embrace her love of the arts – and they are skills she continues to draw upon as she charts a new path for the Aurora Cultural Centre.

Aurora’s 2016 Teen Idol ready for the CNE spotlight

Aurora’s jazzy golden voice is taking her next step towards stardom on the Canadian National Exhibition stage.

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