October 1, 2014

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Artist: pursue your passion
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:55 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:20 PM )

Elementary and high school students got the same message from artist Michael Blaser: if you want to do something in art, pursue it.

Blaser, 66, was commissioned by Aurora residents Doug and Marlene Denmure to paint the City of Aurora as seen from the Ohio River. The resulting oil painting was unveiled at a reception Friday evening, Sept. 19, at the Dearborn Country Club, then donated to the Aurora Public Library. It now hangs in the library's original reading room upstairs.

Friday morning, however, Blaser visited South Dearborn High School, then Aurora Elementary, to talk about his career journey and share what he's learned with students. An Iowa native who has been called “the greatest maritime illustrator,” Blaser laughed and said he's “the only maritime illustrator.”

Get vehicle ready for winter
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:53 AM

After rescuing more than 66,000 stranded motorists in Greater Cincinnati last winter, AAA is helping motorists to be prepared this year. October is “Car Care Month” and throughout the month, the AAA/Bob Sumerel Tire & Service in Aurora is offering free bumper-to-bumper preventative maintenance inspections. The staff is also standing by to help motorists with memberships to make sure drivers are covered before bad weather hits.  Last winter, AAA received a 30 percent increase in calls for help compared to 2012.

“We don’t want drivers to wait until the snow and cold, then realize they need to join or renew their memberships,” said Cheryl Parker, Corporate Public Affairs Manager for AAA.  “If motorists are prepared now, they’ll have peace of mind when the wintry weather is upon us.”

Last winter, AAA helped more than 4,300 area drivers who slid off slick roadways, more than 17,000 with dead batteries and nearly 8,600 with tire problems. Another 25,000 needed their vehicles towed.  rivers with membership questions can stop by the AAA/Bob Sumerel Tire & Service location at 1050 Green Boulevard, call 1-800-JOIN-AAA or visit AAA.com.

Council warns cuts loom in not-too-distant future for nonprofits
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Monday, September 22, 2014 3:59 PM | Updated ( Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:26 PM )

As Dearborn County council members looked for ways to cut down the proposed 2015 budget during hearings held last month, nonprofits aided in the past were placed on notice that this may be the last year their funding requests are approved.

The discussion first surfaced during the first day of budget hearings when Carla Burkhart of Lifetime Housing Group, for the first time, approached council for matching grant funds to helping low income, disabled and senior county residents with house modifications, such as removing lead paint.

The state board of accounts already does not want the county using riverboat casino sharing revenues to provide funding to nonprofits, said council president Dennis Kraus Sr. He did not think council should add another nonprofit to that list.

Council member Liz Morris pointed out the county was struggling with declining revenues.

Friday’s right for window gazing
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Monday, September 22, 2014 3:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:18 AM )

Folks attending the artists' reception for the fourth phase of Windows of Aurora won't be disappointed when they see the new window murals, said Judy Hizer.

“They are absolutely gorgeous,” said Hizer, Main Street Aurora Design Committee chairman. She can't wait until the 22 new murals are put in place, she added. “They just take on a life of their own once they're on the building.”

The reception and unveiling will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 26, at the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild in the Schuck Building, Main and Second streets, Aurora. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served, said Main Street Aurora Director Bethany Ross.

G’dale pool, cabin parking redesign will wait until spring
Written by Chris McHenry   
Monday, September 22, 2014 3:58 PM

A complete rebuilding and design of the parking area at Greendale Swimming Pool and Cabin will now have to wait until Spring.

Only one bid was received September 18 by the Park Board, from Rohe Paving Company, and at $101,830, it was well above the original estimate of a $60,000 cost.