Aurora's new gas rate

is $3.45 Mcf for a year

The city has established a 12-month fixed rate of $3.45 per Mcf for natural gas for members of the city's natural gas program. The new rate will run through the October 2017 billing cycle.

Constellation Energy won a competitive process and continues as the supplier for the city's program.

"We are pleased to continue to offer this program as another option to manage energy costs," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. "The fixed rate will provide price protection and budget stability as we move into the winter months

"This program makes no guarantee of savings and is completely voluntary."

Residents should have already received a notice in the mail from Constellation which explained the rate, terms and conditions, and various means of enrolling in natural gas program.

Current customers in the program do not need to take any action to receive the new rate. Those wishing to enroll can do so by phone at 1-844-830-3342, mail or online at

Aurora's leaf pickup

is under way Oct. 24

Curbside pickup of leaves in Aurora will kick off Oct. 24 and continue throughout the late fall until all leaves are collected.

Leaves should be raked loose to the curb, but not into the roadway. The pile should be free from landscaping debris (brush, stones, rocks, bushes, trash) to prevent damage to equipment and personnel.

Improperly placed leaves in the roadway over stormwater drains or open ditches may cover inlets causing a potential blockage and restrict water flow.

The service is not intended for use by professional landscaping contractors or landscapers who perform leaf removal service for a homeowner, and for condominiums, apartments and private or gated residential communities.

Leaves also can be bagged and disposed of with normal trash pickup. There is no additional charge as long as the level of trash service is not exceeded.

The city recycles the collected leaves into a usable organic material made available in the spring to Aurora residents at no charge.

The city's final brush pickup also will start Oct. 24, and residents should place brush out by 7 a.m. that day.

Fall cemetery maintenance will be conducted by the service department. All decorations must be removed before Oct. 24. Fedsh and seasonal decorations can be placed on gravesites after Oct. 28.

Books for discussions

must be ordered soon

The deadline is nearing for those who want to participate in Aurora's Great Decisions Group discussion sessions to buy the briefing book for the 2017 program.

The sessions do not begin until Feb. 16, 2017, but participants must submit the cost of the book by Oct. 22. The book costs $25, plus shipping and handling, but the Foreign Policy Association is offering a 20 percent discount for a few days in October.

The cost therefore will be $22.25, which also includes a part of the cost of the companion DVD, plus shipping and handling.

The Walden clubhouse is the site of the group's eight-week program. The group discusses topics of current international significance.

Subjects for 2017 are the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan and nuclear security.

New and returning members should call JoEllen Armstrong at 330-562-2579 if they have questions or send a check for $22.25 made out to Armstrong to 595 Walnut Ridge Trail, Aurora 44202.

New members and returning ones are welcome.

Halloween events and writing circle planned

Aurora Memorial Library is offering two special children's programs to celebrate Halloween. The first is a family Halloween party Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. for 3- to 8-year-olds.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes, and the festivities will take place in the downstairs gallery.

Trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Children can arrive early to decorate a treat bag, and then will follow a maze through the book aisles to collect treats from senior citizen volunteers from Independence Village.

These activities will be followed by a Halloween story and a parade out to the gazebo for a group photo, weather permitting. Children again are encouraged to dress in costume, and parents and caregivers are asked to bring a bag of treats to share.

Registration for Halloween programs is recommended in person or by calling the library at 330-562-6502.

Teen Read Week continues throughout the month of October. Youths in grades 5 and up can enter a prize drawing to win a Target gift card each time they check out books, and they can re-design a young adult book cover and submit it for display.

Teens can vote for their favorite cover starting Oct. 22 and on Nov. 4 the winning cover's artist will be awarded the Target gift card.

The library's Teen Writers' Circle for students in grades 7 to 12 will meet Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. It welcomes teens who enjoy the creative process of writing in any form.

City meetings planned

Aurora City Council's next meeting is Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall's chambers, with the committee of the whole session to precede it at 6.

Other city meetings coming up are: Oct. 20 -- landmark commission at 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 -- civil service commission at 6:30 p.m.Oct. 27 -- archectural board of review at 6:30 p.m.

Halloween trick-or-treat rounds will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

'Good People' to start

Aurora Community Theatre's fall production "Good People" gets under way Oct. 21-22 at 8 p.m., and continues on Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12. For tickets, call 330-562-1818 or visit "Bus Stop" will be ACT's winter play.