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Plum Grove Junior High School student Calvin Franke will be making a return appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.

Calvin is an eighth-grader at the Rolling Meadows school, which is part of Palatine Township Elementary District 15. He recently won the state spelling bee, catapulting him to the national competition starting May 27.

It'll be the second consecutive year Calvin participates in the national bee. In 2018, he and eight other Chicago-area students were among 26 top regional spellers from Illinois in the field of 519.

Calvin is leaving quite a legacy for his spelling prowess at District 15. In addition to his two state wins, Calvin is a five-time school spelling bee champion and a three-time District 15 victor.

The national competition begins May 27 with a preliminary test at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Onstage spelling for the Scripps National Spelling Bee is set for May 28. The last day of competition May 30 will be on ESPN2 and ESPN.

-- Bob Susnjara,

Schaumburg's MT Barrels lives on

For any longtime patrons who haven't figured it out already, MT Barrels Sports Bar & Entertainment in Schaumburg has remained open on weekends despite a Facebook post and sign on its front door last September that seemed to leave little doubt that it was shutting down.

Schaumburg Economic Development Director Matt Frank voiced disappointment at the time, saying the venue and its predecessor, Chicago City Limits, as the go-to places for live music in the area for many years.

But village inspectors this week confirmed that MT Barrels, 1712 W. Wise Road, is still operating on the weekends after all, and its licenses are paid up and active.

Frank said operating only on weekends is a not uncommon way for entertainment venues to cut costs and stay viable.

-- Eric Peterson,

Buffalo Grove honors Zoller

Buffalo Grove village trustees this week honored a familiar face at its recent meeting.

Stan Zoller, a blogger and ubiquitous presence at village board meetings, was commended for receiving the Journalism Education Association's lifetime achievement award.

A veteran reporter and longtime high school journalism teacher, Zoller was recognized for his contributions to scholastic journalism.

Zoller's nominator, Glenbrook South High School teacher and journalism adviser Brenda Field, said he created "opportunities for all students to find and use their voices."

His efforts include serving on the JEA's Outreach Academy initiative and coordinating seminars at conventions to advisers teaching in low-income, urban and rural schools.

-- Steve Zalusky,

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 1, 2019
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