Problem-solving pair head to competition

Good news out of Des Plaines: There are some future problem solvers among us.

Four students at the Science and Arts Academy in Des Plaines will compete in an international competition hosted by Future Problem Solvers International.

Meg Grish of Des Plaines, Georg Zinser of Mount Prospect, Grace Bromley of Lake Forest and Halie Kelioutis of Chicago will head to the international conference this weekend at Michigan State University.

Future Problem Solvers International encourages critical and creative thinking skills.

Students get a futuristic problem scenario, and brainstorm possible solutions.

The organization was founded in an effort to equip future business students with these skills.

Every year, more than 250,000 compete in the events around the world and just 2,000 qualify for the international competition.

Salt Creek cleanup: Salt Creek is ready for its spring cleaning.

Removing debris in and along Salt Creek will be the agenda at the annual event, being held this year on June 7. Volunteers are invited to help clean the creek in Elk Grove Village from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of Elk Grove High School, off Arlington Heights Road near the creek.

Volunteers will be equipped with garbage bags, gloves and sticks to use.

They are urged to dress for the weather and possible muddy conditions.

Waders and/or canoes are especially welcomed.

For more information call Nick Nikola at (847) 593-5410 or e-mail

Remembering Mrs. Carle: After a popular South Elementary School teacher died suddenly last year, the school sought to think of a proper tribute.

Brenda Carle, 50, died in May 2007 after nearly 30 years of teaching Des Plaines Elementary District 62 students.

On June 4, South will dedicate a bench in her honor.

Student council members worked hard all year to raise money for the bench.

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