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Blind man, 67, completes sky diving adventure in NapervilleOtto Becker, 67, of Aurora, has been blind his entire life. But ever since he met his friend Dan Coyne two years ago, the pair have become adrenaline junkies. Coyne, who has his vision, acts as Becker’s guide and fellow guinea pig. They’ve conquered paint balling. They’ve gone sailing on Lake Michigan during high winds. And they thought sky diving, at least the indoor version at iFly in Naperville, would be a can't miss experience.Last Updated Aug 30, 2014 7:47 PM
Kane prosecutors want money seized in heroin bust forfeitedUpdated Aug 29, 2014 7:50 PM
Kane County prosecutors want some $270,000 seized in an April heroin bust in Aurora to be permanently forfeited to the state. Three people were arrested in the $1.35 million heroin bust and face various charges of drug possession and money laundering.
Aurora police investigting abduction attemptUpdated Aug 29, 2014 5:33 PM
Aurora police are investigating an alleged abduction attempt Friday morning involving a Jefferson Middle School student. Police said a 12-year-old girl told them she was approached by two men who tried to lure her into their older model red four-door car about 8 a.m. near the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Gladstone Street.
Five things to do this weekend in the suburbsUpdated Aug 29, 2014 5:31 PM
You've got an extra day to enjoy this weekend — all the better to unofficially usher out summer. Here are five great ways to stay entertained during the Labor Day weekend ahead.
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60 Men Who Cook April 11 2014 at Kane County Fairgrounds
Lots of delicious food, festive atmosphere, cash bar and more-- Location is the Indoor Event Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Chefs parade at 6 pm and food served at 6:15 pm-- -- Tickets are $35 per person ... or $40 at the door and includes all food at the event-- get advance tickets from any Geneva Rotarian or Geneva Chamber of Commerce--- Benefits Geneva Rotary, Geneva Lions, Geneva History Museum and Geneva Chamber of Commerce-- photo of Rotarian Bruce Weigel of Geneva www.genevarotary.org David Nelson
- On Friday, April 11 at Kane County Fairgrounds, 60 Men Who Cook event starts at 5:30 p.m. with lots of great food. Get your tickets now from Geneva Rotarians, Geneva Chamber of Commerce - at the door too-- event supports Geneva Rotary, Geneva Lions, Geneva History Museum and Geneva Chamber of Commerce-- tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door -- all food is included- cash bar available, raffle, and more-- please attend this fun event- this Friday April 11 Loy Williams and Gordy Hard l to r - two of Geneva Rotary's volunteer chefs David Nelson
- Students from Aurora Christian School celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 26. The city of Aurora provided the students with oak tree seedlings and ComEd advised the students how far away the oaks should be planted from power lines. ComEd
- Aurora resident and Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity alumni Steven Carnes gives the “thumbs up” after donating blood at a LifeSource-sponsored blood Joe White
- Students from SciTech Discovery Kindergarten and Preschool perform during the Aurora Public Library's Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 1. The two organizations will team up again on June 15 when Aurora Public Library sponsors a Preschool Information Fair at the museum from 9 a.m. until noon. Parents and caregivers can gather information about area preschools and also find early childhood resources. Free admission to the museum will be offered to those attending the fair with a preschooler. Amy Roth
- Firefighter Kevin Leverence with the Aurora Fire Department reads a book to children assembled at the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library on Oct. 7 for Bedtime Storytime. Leverence and several of his coworkers gathered to teach the children about fire safety. Firefighter Mike Hoffman suited up in his firefighting garb complete with oxygen tank so children would know what a firefighter in action looks like. They told the children that although a firefighter may look scary, he is there to help them escape a fire. (Photo by Amy Roth) Amy Roth
- Our family pet taking his place on his bed looking out the window. Isabel Trujillo
- The Pro-Life Action League hosted Christmas caroling around an empty manger outside of the Planned Parenthood in Aurora on the Saturday before Christmas. Sharing the hope of life-saving alternatives with women considering abortion, the pro-life carolers visited five different abortion providers in Chicago and four in the western suburbs (Aurora, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, and Hinsdale). Details at www.prolifeaction.org. courtesy of Pro-Life Action League
- Dr. Dean M. Park, D.M.D. and his Geneva Smiles Dental Staff all decided to wear red today in support of National Wear Red Day! One of our Dental Assistant's family members suffers from heart disease and we wanted to show our support by participating in such a wonderful day of support! Dr. Dean M. Park's practice has been in Geneva, IL for over 3 years now. Located at 477 S. Third Street, Suite 142 Geneva IL 60134. Kristen Sommerfeld/Office Manager
- Eagle spotted at Fabyan East Forest Preserve Saturday May 3, 2014 Brittany Eve Baker
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- Geneva Rotary hosted its annual holiday party for over 80 clients of the Association for Individual Development. Many AID staff also attended this special event. The party featured a delicious turkey dinner, entertainment, Santa Claus and his helpers and presents for all was held Dec. 17 2013. AID clients and Geneva Rotary look forward to this special day many months in advance. Special thanks to all Geneva Rotary members, volunteers for the event and sponsors. Many pictures of the event held at First Baptist Church Geneva - West Campus are in the club photo albums at this website and also on the club Facebook page. Geneva Rotary is a service club for persons who live or work in Geneva or the surrounding area - guests and potential new Rotarians are always welcome at our meetings. Visit www.genevarotary.org David Nelson
- The retirees who live at The Holmstad, a faith-based, nonprofit, are investing in the future by awarding $9,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who work in dining services at the retirement community. Nine students received $1,000 each. They are (top row from left) Jeffrey Heise, Benjamin Borowiak; (second row from left) Francisco Gama, Delaney Corbitt, Stephanie Condon; (third row from left) Alice Paul, Gabriel Monarrez; (bottom row from left) Joseph Doyle, Mitchell Kavalec. The Holmstad is a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located at 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, Ill. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, which is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church and one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services organizations. For more information on The Holmstad, call 877–226-7310 or visit www.TheHolmstad.org. The Holmstad
Many of the veterans shown who reside at Windsor Park, a Covenant Retirement Community in Carol Stream, will have their service photo and other memorabilia on display in the community's Centrum beginning Friday, Nov. 8. Intended to honor all veterans, the show is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 15. Windsor Park is located at 124 Windsor Park Drive. Captain Richard Blackburn, first row center, holds a book of his memoirs. He received the French Legion of Honor for valor in one of the main campaigns during WW II in France. Visitors can also view a world map with pushpins designating where each veteran served. Windsor Park residents plan this display each year. Those involved in 2013 are Harman Barnard, Ray Smith, Charlie Ochs, Ralph Weldon, Bill Anderson, Stan Johnson, and Herb Clausen.
For more information, call Windsor Park at (630) 510-5500.
Those pictured (left to right) are:
First row: John Weber, Henry Nelson, Jim McLuskie, Roy Comstock, Clarence Aronson, Eunice Blackburn, Richard Blackburn, Ray Smith, Matt Leonard, Warren Larson, Eugene Young, Donald White, Robert Baptista.
Second row: Bob Muzzy, Howard Headley, Reg Gerig, Len Buck, Dick Rung, Robert Fox, Check Lewis, Clayton Barker, Howard Morey, Wallace Alcorn, Charles Ochs, Stan Yohe, Edward Ayers, Dick Gerig, Jason Johnson, Wayne Cook.
Third row: Bob Doenges, Bill Anderson, David Blomberg, Jim Carr, Bill Taetzsch, Ralph Welton, Stan Johnson, Glenn Heck, George Saunders. Jim Steere
"I have a secret to tell you!"
My puppy Olivia appears to be whispering into my granddaughter, Averie Telfer's ear. This was taken while they were playing in my backyard. Gizelle Remington
CKI sponsor, Naperville Evening Kiwanis President Walt Kelly, presents a sponsorship check to North Central College CKI members, Desury Parades - President NCC CKI, Adam Lapinsky - Past President, members and CKI District chair persons Megan Schmaker - Family Relations Chair and Maci Mitchell - Spastic Paralysis Chair and District Secretary.
Circle K International (CKI) is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. Circle K clubs are organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. CKI is a self-governing organization, elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, and determines its own service activities. CKI blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world. Ed Rosenberger Kiwanis Member
- The last piece of structural steel was hoisted into place on the new Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora on Feb. 14. A topping-off ceremony was held to signify that the project has passed this important milestone with no injuries. A pine tree and U.S. flag were attached to the final beam before it was put into place. Steelworkers, who have worked throughout the winter in brutal temperatures, also signed the beam. Amy Roth
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Sockers FC U13 US Club Soccer Regional Tournament Champions
Top left: Emily Olson, Dolly Nwachuckwu, Kylie Graves, Brinley McVeigh, Skye Kingsley, Julianne Hutchison, Giuliana Cunningham, Hannah Northfell
Bottom: Felicia Moncada, Aly Kilburg, Anna Johnston, Celiana Torres, Cassie Farber, Hannah Richardson (not pictured: Coach Ahmed Gad) S McVeigh
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