Aurora's general fund

is in 'excellent shape'

Higher income tax collections and excess estate tax revenue has put the city's general fund "in excellent shape for the balance of the year," Finance Director Bob Paul told City Council at its July 28 meeting.

Paul reported through the end of June, the city had received $500,000 more in income tax than last year in the same period. The city also has received $380,000 in estate tax, and did not budget anything for the first half of the year.

Paul said general fund revenue remained above estimates, while expenditures dipped below anticipated levels. Although the fire department was slightly ahead of budget, that will be corrected after the second real estate tax collection when the city transfers some of the expense to the levy funds for fire and police.

Paul also reported water and sewer billings for the second quarter are slightly ahead of last year, thus allowing for the city to complete capital projects budgeted in 2014. "Overall, the cash position of water and sewer operations remain excellent," he said.

Historical society one

of trust organizations

The Aurora Library Trust will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house at Aurora Memorial Library on Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. It is the job of the trust to maintain control of all activities in and around the library.

The trust is responsible for the interior of the building, while the city is responsible for the exterior and all mechanical systems. The trustees are representatives from the community as well as each of the organizations housed in the library and the library itself.

One of the participating organizations is the Aurora Historical Society, which has the mission of preserving and communicating the history of Aurora. It has a museum in the lower level of the library, where there are many interesting and educational displays for viewing by the public.

Currently, there is a display about the history of Aurora schools. The website -- -- is most informative.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary, the Trust has launched a capital improvement campaign, and plans to wrap it up on the 50th anniversary of the library two years from now.

Moebius sets program

Wildlife conservationist Paul Bodnar will return to the Moebius Nature Center Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. to talk about his favorite reptile friends -- snakes, lizards and turtles.

The live animal show is for youngsters and family members of all ages. A "members only" picnic will precede the program. For information about the picnic, email To register for the program, visit

Chalmers in magazine

Aurora High School graduate and local realtor Phil Chalmers is featured in the July 25 edition of Newsweek magazine.

The feature story titled "The Teen Killer Whisperer" explores his life, research, public presentations and conclusion as to why today's teens are violent.

Chalmers also appears in the TV series "Killer Kids," which airs Monday nights on the Lifetime Movie Network, and appears in several episodes as a juvenile homicide expert. He shares his expertise as to the cause and warning signs of tragic cases.

Venture Crew returns

Venture Crew 2265 is returning to Aurora for males and females who are at least 13 years old and have completed the eighth grade up to age 20.

It is for those teens who like trying new foods, are interested in Ohio history and / or like climbing, camping, hiking and biking sprinkled with some community service.

An open house will take place Aug. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 119 W. Pioneer Trail in Auroua. Parents and friends also are welcome at the open house.

Two win library prizes

Two local youths earned prizes recently in Aurora Memorial Library's weekly prize drawing for teens and tweens.

Macenzie Starcher won a backpack with an Aurora Cinemark theater gift card inside, while David Mitchell III won a book and a "Spark a Reaction" backpack and gift card to Aurora Cinemark.

Youths could enter drawings each time they checked out books or rated books they read, and the gift cards were donated by the theater.

Tell stories to canines

Aurora Memorial Library will offer a "Dog Days of Summer" program starting Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m., when children can read a book or tell a story to a licensed therapy dog in the children's area, make a canine-themed craft and watch the Disney movie based on the book "The Incredible Journey."

The movie will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in the downstairs gallery. It tells the story of two dogs and a cat that travel far from home to find their missing family.

Parents and caregivers can register chileren for the entire program or sign them up just to read to the dog or to attend the movie. Those interested in reading to the dogs can sign up for 5- to 10-minute time slots by calling 330-562-6502. Refreshments will be served prior to the movie showing.

Vehicles set at Farms

Family Truck Day is planned Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aurora Farms Premium Out

lets. Youngsters and adults are welcome to climb aboard the various city vehicles and a school bus on the grounds. Other vehicles include fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks, mowers, tractors and street sweepers.

Library to be location

of Digital Bookmobile

The Digital Bookmobile national tour will showcase the free eBook service from Portage County District Library on Aug. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at Aurora Memorial Library.

At these free events, read

ers of all ages will learn how to access eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery featuring all the latest portable reading devices will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library's download service.

Assistant Library Director Corrine Alldridge noted Portage County District Library has offered Overdrive downloadable service since 2008. "When we learned the Digital Bookmobile was coming back to Ohio, we were very excited about this unique way to share and showcase our digital service," she said.

Portage County District Library card holders also can check out digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting Many audio titles can be burned to audio CD.

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside a 74-foot long 18-wheel tractor-trailer. It is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable media players.

Astronomy to be focus

Families and patrons of all ages are invited to an astronomy event at Aurora Memorial Library on Aug. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. Astronomer, director/curator James Guilford of the Stephens Memorial Observatory at Hiram College will talk about Ohio sky star gazing.

Weather permitting, attendees will have the opportunity to view sun spots via a solar telescope at the program's conclusion. Registration is requested and can be made by visiting the library or calling 330-562-6502. For details on other library programs, visit or call 330-562-6502.