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Photo courtesy of Aurora Fire Department
A NINE-HOUR-LONG, THREE-ALARM FIRE on Oct. 7 left the landmark Lincoln Masonic Temple in downtown Aurora charred beyond repair. The 97-year old, five-story Neoclassical building had been listed on the National Register of Historic places since 1982. Originally built for the Aurora Masonic Alliance, the building had more than 50-000 square feet of space, which included two assembly halls, a formal ballroom and a grand entrance hall. While it had been vacant for more than a decade, city officials had been discussing possible redevelopment options for the building as recently as August.
A YEAR'S WORTH OF WILDLIFE, photographed on and near the grounds of Fermilab in Batavia by Tina S. Smith is available as a calendar from Fermilab for $20.
LET'S PLAY BALL! Eight senior softball players who enjoy casual pickup games in the Naperville Park District’s Men’s 50+ League at Gartner Park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings have found their competitive edge.
They also play on a regional team, the Challengers, that is part of Senior Softball USA. The team recently won its third gold medal at the 2019 National Senior Games, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Team manager John Patti recalls the turning point in this year’s championship: “In the third game, with two outs and trailing by six runs, 85-year-old Chris Argianis stepped to the plate and hammered the ball deep into right center field for a grand slam. The inspired team then scored three more times for the victory.”
The eight Naperville players on the Challengers team (shown at left in jerseys from another local team they play on) are: Chris Argianis, John Fieser, Rich Fleming, Steve Gadja, Larry Hall, George Pappas, Tom Vancura and Manager John Patti.
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TWINKLING LIGHTS DRAW 25,000 cars each holiday season to Phillips Park in Aurora for the Festival of Lights. The dazzling event brings in $1 million for area charities between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Aurora area is home to not one, but two of the largest outdoor lights shows in Northern Illinois. Mooseheart Holiday Lights, entering its 10th year, features 80 lighted displays on view along a two-mile route.
And while you’re in the neighborhood, check out Aurora’s Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display, a 68-year neighborhood tradition. A free drive-though tour tells the story of the first Christmas in illuminated books, biblical figures and a manger scene.Edit Module