Maine West graduate dedicates art to grandfather

Published8/29/2008 12:07 AM

An upcoming show by a young artist will help honor her grandfather.

Maine West graduate Samantha Haring's September show at the Des Plaines Library will feature 16 watercolor and oil paintings of exotic, wild and garden flowers.


Haring, daughter of Des Plaines Park District public relations director Gene Haring, is in her second year at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

She has decided to designate a portion of the profits of the show to set up a perpetual scholarship at the Des Plaines Art Guild in her grandfather's name, the David Kraushaar Scholarship.

The Des Plaines Art guild offers scholarships each year to college bound students who are interested in pursuing art.

Haring also has selected one of her paintings to donate to the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce. In February, the Chamber will kick off its 75th Anniversary Year with a silent auction, and the painting will be a part of the auction. Haring hopes it will help fund one of the chamber's annual student scholarships.

The show starts next week on the third floor of the Des Plaines Library, 1501 Ellinwood Ave.

Circus comes to town: Elephants, clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers and pony rides. Oh, my.

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Yes, the circus is coming to Elk Grove Village.

The Elk Grove Township District 59 Education Foundation is once again bringing the Kelly Miller Circus to town. On Sept. 19-20, the circus will roll into town.

The circus will be held at 150 Lions Drive, adjacent to Rainbow Falls Water Park. Friday's performances will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday's will be at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

General seating tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 the day of show. Box seats are $15.

Tickets are on sale now at Jarosch Bakery, 35 Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. Tickets also are available at

Money raised from the circus will be donated to District 59 schools in the form of classroom grants.

A centenarian comes home: Arthur Grewe celebrated his 100th birthday by returning to his native Des Plaines, where he has spent 98 of those years.


Grewe, who now lives with son Dale in Iowa, was born Aug. 20, 1908, to Sophie and Frederick Grewe as the youngest of nine children.

He worked the family farm in Maine Township and attended Immanuel Lutheran School. At 17, he and the family left the farm for Oakwood Avenue.

Grewe started a career as a mechanic in 1925. He also worked at an REO car dealership, and drove a truck for the Cook County Highway Department. Grewe also worked as a custodian at Maine South and Maine North high schools.

"First of all, I had a good wife, to whom I was married 52 years. I'm a Sox fan and watch lots of baseball on TV. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables, but never fill up. And I have a lot of friends," Grewe says.

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