Around Aurora

By Christine Patronik-Holder Published:

Aurora Treasure Trove, billed as a community rummage sale, will continue through Saturday to raise money for a range of local organizations like the Aurora Schools Foundation, plus science, music and sports clubs at Aurora High School.

The jumble sale will be held at 7435 Market Place today through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Discounts begin Thursday with 25 percent off everything then going down to 50 percent off on Friday, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can fill a brown bag for just $5. For more information, go to www.auroratreasuretrovesale.webstarts.com.

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Great books make great gifts and at the Friends of Aurora Memorial Library book sale you'll find great prices, too. Proceeds fund programs for children and youth and the purchase of new materials.

The three-day sale begins with members getting first choice from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13, and opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. With prices like children's paperbacks at 25 cents and adult hard-bound books from $1 you'll be able to 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 attendance at the Church in Aurora were fitting tribute to a man who greeted everyone with a smile so genuine, you felt like you 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 was as successful recruiting restaurant donations for the "Taste of Aurora" as he was 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 just 10 weeks later, Oct. 27, on the crest of Hurricane Sandy in Washington, D.C., to Nicholas Holder and his 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, 1063 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, OH 44202. 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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Thank you for reading "Around Aurora" all year long. Your support means more than you can know.

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We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-708-1755 or cph@cphcommunications.com.

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