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UPDATE: Batavia High School has been cleared; nothing found

BATAVIA – Police have cleared Batavia High School and nothing has been found after reports of a man entering the building with a rifle early this morning.

Batavia High School students who had been picked up by the bus this morning will be dropped back off as the school remains on lockdown. Students waiting at bus stops will not be picked up.

Main Street near the high school is also currently closed. People are being asked to stay away from the area.

The Kane County Chronicle will continue to update this situation as more information becomes available.

Cream Cheese Carrot Bundt Cake

Way more than just carrot cake. Every year as Easter draws near, I get in the mood for carrot cake. Must be the Easter Bunny that puts it in my head. But of course, I can never just make a recipe the same old way every year. So I keep trying new twists on carrot

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Reddick Mansion opens gardens and grounds for prom photos

For the 11th consecutive year, the Reddick Mansion Association invites students from Marquette Academy and Ottawa High School to visit the Mansion and use its gardens and grounds for prom photos.

Prom attendees as well as their parents, grandparents and friends are welcome.

The grounds of Reddick Mansion, 100 W. Lafayette St., will open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, to Marquette students and from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, the day of Ottawa High’s prom, for photo opportunities.

The garden pergola will be available.

Members of the Reddick Mansion Association will be on site to direct people and to answer any questions. As in past years, there is no charge for this event but donations are always appreciated.

The gardens are maintained by an all-volunteer workforce, many from the Ottawa Garden Club and the Reddick Mansion Association.

Agency can help people get STD testing

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.3 million new cases of the three nationally notifiable sexually transmitted diseases — chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis — were reported by Americans in 2017. It was yet another record-breaking year for STDs in the United States, and it is showing no signs of slowing down.

Chlamydia is the most common STD with nearly 2/3 of all new infections acquired by patients aged 15 to 24.  In La Salle County in 2018, there were 343 cases of Chlamydia. Because chlamydia is asymptomatic in the majority of patients, they do not seek medical attention, and it continues to spread and remain highly prevalent.

The second leading notifiable STD was gonorrhea which has increased 18.6% in the United States. In La Salle County in 2018 there were 69 cases.

Syphilis has increased every year since 2001. The CDC noted the rate of congenital syphilis more than doubled since 2013, highlighting the threat to reproductive aged women.  In 2018, La Salle County had 12 cases.

The good news is these infections are treatable, and easily diagnosed.

The cause for concern is because undiagnosed and untreated infections can lead to sterility and long- term consequences including cancer.

The La Salle County Health Department works with all medical facilities and clients to assure treatment is adequate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

People can decrease their chances of contracting STDs by practicing abstinence, limiting their number of sexual partners, practicing safer sex and knowing their partners sexual history.  For more information on STDs and whether you should be tested contact the La Salle County Health Department at 815-433-3366 or visit their website at www.lasallecounty.org

Putting speech class ‘on par’

Legislation designed to give high school students the option to complete one year of speech in order to fulfill a prerequisite for graduation received unanimous approval by the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday.

House Bill 2258 was introduced and sponsored by Rep. David Allen Welter, R-Morris.

Current law requires a student must complete one year chosen from music, art, foreign language, which includes American Sign Language, or vocational education. Welter’s bill adds speech as an option for students to meet the prerequisite for receiving a high school diploma.

“Speech should be an option for students on par with music, art, foreign language and vocational education,” Welter said in a press statement. “Speech offers students the ability to develop critical written and verbal communication skills that play an important role throughout life. Speech students learn to research and prepare effectively, gaining knowledge on a wide variety of issues in the process. Many of these students will become our future leaders in business, education and civic affairs. We should nurture and support their growth in high school by including speech as a prerequisite option.”

House Bill 2258 now advances to the state Senate for consideration.

Welter’s district includes portions of Kendall, Grundy, La Salle and Will counties.

Easy Weekly Meal Plan Week 118

Welcome back to another easy weekly meal plan! There are a lot of yummy recipes for you to try out this week! I hope this post helps plan out all your eats for the week! Happy Sunday and happy planning ? Easy Weekly Meal Plan Week 118 Breakfast​ ​Suggestion Easy Muffin Tin Breakfast Bundles Lunch​ ​Suggestions

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