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In The Community-Aug. 31

Published: August 31, 2016 1:00 AM

Drunk drivers beware;

officers watch closely

The Aurora Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives through its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which runs through Sept. 5.

During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

"People need to understand that drunk driving is not only deadly; it is illegal," said Aurora Police Lt. Andy Lumpkins.

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"Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. Drivers need to pay attention to their own driving and to others on the road who may be driving drunk."

It is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 or higher in every state. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles, sobriety checkpoints, and increased messaging about the dangers of drunk driving.

"Please plan ahead before you go out," said Lumpkins. "Designate a sober driver or call a cab, but whatever you do, do not drink and drive."

Writing group gathers

Do you love to write? Would you like to share your ideas and get input from other aspiring writers? Think you'd like to review other's writings and share your insights?

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Then try out Aurora Memorial Library's new Teen Writers' Circle which will meet once a month throughout the school year. Christina Green, who pens poems and is working on her second screenplay, will lead this group.

Participants should bring a pen and notebook, and be ready to explore creativity and imagination. The group is for students in grades 7 to 12. It will gather Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. downstairs in the gallery.

Call the library at 330-562-6502 or stop in for details.

Rec members sought

Reminderville Athletic Club is taking yearly memberships and issuing key fobs at Village Hall on Glenwood Boulevard.

The RAC will open in September. As a special incentive, those who purchase a yearly membership will get the remainder of September free before their yearly membership officially starts Oct 1.

Rates and program information can be found at www.RemindervilleRac.com. The RAC will feature a pool with splash pad, second floor track overlooking a large gymnasium, new fitness equipment with live and virtual instructors and 24/7 fitness opportunities.

Lesko earns awards

Record Publishing hosted its annual awards luncheon Aug. 23, which celebrated work from 2015 for the eight weekly newspapers and the daily Record-Courier.

Former Advocate reporter Mike Lesko, now with the Hudson Hub-Times, won two awards for the Advocate.

One was second place in the "best sports column" category for a column about Evelyn Heisler, widow of former Browns assistant coach Fritz Heisler, reflecting on his coaching career when the team won four NFL titles.

The other was third place award in the best sports feature category for a story about Aurora High School hockey coach John Sheridan's pro hockey career as a player, which included time with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association.

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