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Megan Edwards, center, receives the second-place state award from Ron Miller, Exalted Ruler of the Elks, left, and Sean Sullivan, Sullivan, chairman of the directors of Elk Lodge 1526, at the state competition of the Elks Hoop Shoot. Nick Litrenta Question of the day: What is the turbidity of pond water when zebra mussels are present? Nick Litrenta knows. And that knowledge helped propel him into winning an Outstanding Award at the 1997 Illinois State Science Fan- held last week at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Outstanding Award is the highest award given at the state science science fair. And Litrenta won it handily, handily, besting all zoology entrants from seventh-grade through high-school levels with his project, "Zebra Mus- sels: Friend or Foe?" The object? To see how zebra mussels mussels clean the pollution pollution out of water, discover how pollution pollution might be controlled by using zebra mussels, mussels, and determine determine how the mussels might be controlled. Where did Litrenta, 13, son of Lou and Marcia Nick Litrenta Litrenta of Hoffman Estates, get the inspiration to study zebra mussels? For the past year, he's been training in scuba diving, and the clarity of Lake Michigan water began to take on significant importance to him. He also was inspired by his grandmother, grandmother, who gave him an interesting article article about mussels: The Illinois State Science Fair is not uncommon ground for Litrenta, who entered a project last year and won an Outstanding Award. An eighth-grader at Plum Grove Junior High School, Litrenta advanced from his school science fair to the regionals held in March at Barrington High School, where he also received an Outstanding Award. In the fall, he will attend William Fremd High School R.J: Zielinski The changing of the seasons can cause havoc for senior citizens when it comes to keeping yards groomed.