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Briefs: Laesch files for recount
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Published: 3/8/2008 12:24 AM

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John Laesch, who sought the Democratic nomination in February's primary to run for the 14th Congressional District seat, filed paperwork Friday requesting a vote recount in the city of Aurora and the counties of Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, Lee and Whiteside. He is not seeking a recount in Bureau, DuPage and Henry counties. It requests the recount be done Tuesday.

Parade to close streets:

Several street closings will take effect at 1:45 p.m. today in downtown St. Charles to make way for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Route 64 will be closed between Seventh Street and Fifth Avenue. Route 31 will be closed between State and Illinois streets. Drivers will be detoured around the parade route. Roads are expected to reopen about 4 p.m.

Open day at Bandits store

The Chicago Bandits women's pro softball team, which will play games at Judson University in Elgin for at least the next three years while a larger stadium is being built, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at their team store, 72 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. Residents can browse and buy softball gear, Bandits memorabilia and more. Call (877) 722-6348.

Parent newsletter

Elgin School District U-46 parents had a look at a new districtwide parent newsletter this week. Home Pages, to be published three times a year, talks about district issues in both English and Spanish. The current issue contains test-taking tips, the 2008-09 school calendar and information on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. To check out the newsletter, visit www.u-46.org.

ECC names new dean

James Dittus was recently named associate dean of communications and behavioral sciences at Elgin Community College. Prior to his appointment, Dittus was interim associate dean of the division. He came to ECC in 2004 as a full-time speech instructor. Prior to arriving at ECC he was a speech instructor at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. Dittus earned his doctorate degree in higher education administration from Loyola University in Chicago in 2007. He has a master 's degree in applied communication theory from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication and public administration from the University of Denver.

'Stone Soup' performance

Second- grade students at Elgin Academy will present "Stone Soup," a musical about a village of peasants and a group of soldiers who learn about the importance of sharing. Second-graders have been working most of the winter on the production, which involves costume, song and dance as well as a big pot of soup. The production will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor Rider Room of Sears Hall on the Elgin Academy campus at 350 N. Park St., Elgin.