Aurora Treasure Trove, billed as a community rummage sale, will continue through Dec. 8 to raise money for many local organizations such as the Aurora Schools Foundation, plus science, music and sports clubs in the Aurora schools.

The sale will be at 7435 Marketplace Drive in Bainbridge Township from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 7. A 25 percent discounts is offered Dec. 6 and 50 percent off on Dec. 7. On Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. buyers can fill a brown bag for $5.

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Great books make great gifts, and the Friends of Aurora Library book sale features great prices, too. Proceeds fund programs for children and the purchase of new materials.

The three-day sale begins with members getting first choice Dec. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m., and opens to the public Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With prices like children's paperbacks for 25 cents and adult hardbound books from $1, buyers can treat everyone to the gift of a good read.

Bravo to B Koglman, Steve Spencer, Milka Kalta, JoEllen Armstrong, Sheila Best, Diane Brubaker, Carolyn Oppenheimer and all the volunteers for their work hard.

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"A Good Man" read the headline on the program for Joe Lykins' memorial service. The simple epitaph and the overflow crowd at the Church in Aurora were fitting tributes to a man who greeted everyone with a smile so genuine they felt like they were the most important person in the world.

"Joe's personality was contagious," said Bryn Irvine, his mentee, co-worker and friend. Joseph Dudley Lykins III died Nov. 13 at his home in the Lakes of Aurora surrounded by his loving wife Nancy, family and friends.

Following his retirement, Joe directed his tireless energy, business acumen and people skills volunteering for his church and a number of Aurora civic groups, but it was the Rotary Club where Joe really shined.

Taking the group's commitment to service above self to a new level, Joe led many committees, served as president, and he was as successful recruiting restaurant donations for the Taste of Aurora as he was at stretching dollars to help stock the Volunteers of America's food pantry.

Joe liked a good party, a shiny car and making Nancy laugh. Memories of the little chicken dance he'd do to celebrate a friend's success and his boisterous trademark greeting: "How you doin'?," where each equally-emphasized word was punctuated by his warm, generous smile, will enable us to miss this good man a little less.

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As December holidays speed us toward calendar's end, we reflect on the high points of 2012.

For my husband Tim and me it was a spectacular year, as we welcomed the births of our first two grandchildren.

Finnian Niels Holder was born in Boston on Aug. 19 to Patrick and Kirsten Holder, while Ella Christine Holder made her appearance 10 weeks later on Oct. 27 on the crest of Hurricane Sandy in Washington, D.C., to Nicholas Holder and wife Elizabeth Pollock.

Life just doesn't get any better than this.

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As you and your family celebrate your favorite holiday this month, please remember to think of others and give generously to your favorite charity like Volunteers of America in Aurora at 1063 N. Aurora Road.

Remember to write "Aurora chapter" on the memo line to ensure that manager Sue Altman and all the amazing men and women who donate their time can continue to work hard on behalf of those less fortunate in our community.

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