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You say Poe-tay-toe, I say Poe-taa-toe

Posted by auroracitizen on May 30, 2012

A Reader asks… I have a question that’s been bothering me for some time. I grew up in Aurora and have lived here for 38 years.

When I was a kid (and even all the way into my late 20’s), everyone I knew (including my entire extended family) pronounced Machell Park — MAY-chull. However, now that I have kids and they are in school at Aurora Heights PS, I am hearing a lot of the other parents pronouncing it MAH-chull.

I know Aurora was originally called Machell’s Corners, but would love to know which pronunciation is correct.

Posted in Community Corner, For Fun, Guest Post | 4 Comments »

Aurora Spirit Walk Returns

Posted by auroracitizen on October 24, 2011

The Aurora Spirit Walk 2011 is underway. New stories and a new route are highlighted.

Did you know Jack the Ripper may have walked Aurora in the 19th century.The Ripper was never found and a suspect had connections here.

No kidding….The tour times are

  • Friday October 28 at 7 and 9pm.
  • Saturday October 29 at 7 and 9 pm.
  • Sunday October 30 at 7 and 9pm.

Tickets are available by calling 905-717-6647

Posted in Community Corner, For Fun, Recreation | 6 Comments »

The Aurora Lawn Bowling Club Welcomes you to the 2011 Season!

Posted by auroracitizen on April 6, 2011

Great Sport, Great Weather, Great People ….. that’s what the ALBC has to offer you.

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Aurora, we have a gorgeous place to gather with friends, play a fun and exciting sport, and spend the summer having a great time!

Whether you are brand new to the game, or a seasoned veteran the ALBC would love to have you join our existing club members for this coming spring/summer and early fall.

Our season begins in May, and runs through to October (weather dependent).

We supply all the equipment, and lessons you may need.

We play two nights a week and every Sunday afternoon, and you get to choose when you want to play and when you don’t.

We have a beautiful clubhouse that is private to members only and when you sit out on the deck and watch over the greens you feel like you are up at the cottage!

It is a ton of fun, and you get to meet some wonderful people who are part of our community!

For more information please contact Kelli Collins at or 416-886-4733.

Kelli M. Collins

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Twas The Night Before New Council

Posted by auroracitizen on November 30, 2010

‘Twas the night before new council, and all through Aurora,

All the creatures were buzzing, awaiting the aura.

The documents were laid in the chamber with care,

In hopes that the new council would soon clear the air.

The townsfolk were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of good government danced in their heads.

At home in his pyjamas, slippers, and cap,

Geoff sat by the fire, to let the day unwrap.

When up on his laptop, there arose such a clatter,

He rushed to the screen to tend to the matter.

To his amazement he read, as he logged on the net,

Some folks still cried foul, like they’d lost some great bet.

The Mayor-Elect wondered, as he gazed at the screen,

What it would take, to pronounce this town clean.

Then a noise from the yard shook these thoughts from his head,

“What’s going on now, I should be halfway to bed!”

When what did he see as he drew back the shades,

But a gold Chain of Office, and eight shiny aides.

Shouting “Ready for work”, as the reason they came,

Geoff knew them all right, each councillor by name;

“Now Abel, now Thompson, now Buck, and Humfryes,

On Gallo, on Gaertner, on Ballard, and Pirri!

Let’s deliver on our promise, for one and for all,

Now dash away, dash away, to Aurora Town Hall!”

With a stroke of a pen, and the oath that each swore,

The new council was ready to rise to the fore.

Staff were all focused, and went straight to work,

Respect and goodwill now meant more than a perk.

Geoff looked up from his chair, and said to his team;

“The people have spoken; they’ve all shared their dream.”

As the Mayor-to-Be gathered his team at the door,

Each knew the task ahead as a rewarding, but tough chore.

As Geoff wished them all well, and as a leader just might,

Shouted, “Good government to all, and to all a good night!”

— Matt Maddocks (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

Posted in For Fun | 36 Comments »

Activities for families

Posted by elizabethbishenden on October 28, 2009

Here’s an excerpt from an email sent to me by a reader.  I’d been thinking the same thing… what is the “best of the best” of the many activities available for families in the Aurora area?

“I am always on the look out for special events and things to do, fall, spring & winter fairs, etc around York Region. I know there are a number of websites that have such listings but perhaps some of the contributors would have other suggestions, recommendations etc. for such things as best hiking trails, best parks around Aurora, local sporting events, seasonal events not to miss, local fishing holes, concerts, kids shows, events and perhaps some entertainment that is family oriented and is not going to cost an arm and a leg. (i.e. taking in a Leafs game).

If everyone thinks that Aurora is a great place to live, perhaps we can add some substance as to what’s happening around us to enjoy the place some more!”

I’m hoping that this weekend’s hockey schedule will leave us enough time to head to our neighbours to the west and pick some apples at Pine Farms Orchards. 

One thing I love about Aurora is how active my family is… hockey games, running, cycling, more hockey games, and then our very favourite… Capture the Flag with friends!

What about your family?

Posted in For Fun | 3 Comments »

Local Restaurants

Posted by auroracitizen on October 25, 2009

We are going to try a new feature on the site. One of our contributors suggested some local restaurants they thought were worth trying. So we have added a new tab across the top “Restaurants”.

Click on this tab and use this area as a discussion forum for restaurants that you have visited.

Offer your own feedback on restaurants you have tried. Agree or disagree. Better for families or couples. Casual or romantic. Lunch, dinner or just drinks. Share your stories.

Plus, if you have some suggestions for further tabs we would love to hear them.

NOTE: Comments have been disabled on this post. Please add your comment under the “Restaurant” tab on the main menu (see directly above). Comments previously made to this post have been moved to the restaurant tab. Thanks!

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Food for Thought

Posted by auroracitizen on May 7, 2009

We thought these quotes were interesting. We have endeavoured to give appropriate credit where due. Please let us know if we have credited incorrectly.

It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit. Robert Yates

Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves. Unknown

When all think alike, then no one is thinking. Walter Lippman

The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do. Andrew Carnegie

Celebrate what you want to see more of. Tom Peters

Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated. Dag Hammarskjoeld

He who has great power should use it lightly. Seneca

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Happy Valentines Day

Posted by auroracitizen on February 14, 2009

Since today is Valentines Day, take a moment to thank an elected politician for their commitment.

Regardless of whether we agree or disagree, being a politician is a thankless job. The hours are long and the pay stinks. They are constantly being second guessed and complained about and rarely receive credit for the long hours they devote to the job.

So today, let’s remember that we live in a great Country that gives us the privilege to agree or disagree and remember the folks elected to serve are people too.

So if you see a politician today — give them a hug and say thanks!

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Arts & Culture

Posted by auroracitizen on February 3, 2009

One of our readers asked about the Arts and Culture scene here in Aurora and suggested it as a great topic. Thanks for the suggestion.

What’s going on at Theatre Aurora this winter? Has anyone been to the Dinner Theatre at the HoJo? Does anyone care to share any news or reviews?

What arts and culture events or groups are active? Let us know what is going on and what is a don’t miss event.

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Did you see the weekend Toronto Star

Posted by auroracitizen on January 5, 2009

Seems we are not the only community that has experienced Code of Conduct issues. We couldn’t resist. Happy New Year!

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Posted in Code of Ethics, For Fun | 8 Comments »