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Elk Ridge

New water meters will be getting bigger, resulting in a pricier connection fee.The Town Council passed a resolution Tuesday changing the water connection fee from $250 to $375, City Recorder Jan Davis said. The town has decided to go to a water meter with a one-inch connection, rather than the 3/4-inch connection it has used in the past, she said.

Pleasant Grove

Ecologist Kelly Memmott has been chosen president of the newly established Mount Timpanogos chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation. The group is dedicated to preserving mule deer in central Utah and promoting scientific research related to mule deer. Call Memmott at 785-2501 for information.

Provo

Community Action Services is joining with Mountainland Head Start and Community Health Connect to sponsor a "Community dialogue on Low-Income Issues 2000" at the Utah County Administration Building, Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m.

The agencies will use the information to plan programs to better serve low-income individuals and families. "Our goal is to build leadership and partnerships within our community and to find local solutions to local poverty-related problems" said Cathy Maurer of Mountainland Head Start.

Reports from local dialogues led by community action agencies nationwide will be compiled with information from the state and national dialogues into a national policy on poverty issues and solutions. The final report will be presented at the 2000 National Association of Community Action Agencies Annual Conference Sept. 5-8 in San Antonio.

Spanish Fork

Jill Nicole Julius will participate in the state finals of the 20th annual Utah's Homecoming Queen in May.

The pageant, sponsored by a Memphis ,Tenn., nonprofit organization, America's Homecoming Queen, will take place May 6--7 at the Salt Lake Airport Hilton. The winner will compete in the national contest in California in August.

Springville

The city, state transportation officials and Wal-Mart will work together to install a new traffic signal at 400 South and 1750 West, near where a new Wal-Mart superstore will be constructed this year.

Traffic on the state road leading to the freeway has increased significantly the past few years with commercial development along the road. The store and proposed residential developments to the south will increase traffic even more. Under a cooperative agreement, the state will provide the above ground materials for the traffic signal and street lighting, Wal-Mart will supply the below ground materials, and the city will provide electricity to the intersection and future maintenance.

Utah County

The Utah County Division of Human Services is holding a workshop on Substance Abuse Prevention, Tuesday, April 4, 6 p.m., at Farrer Middle School, 100 N. 600 East, Provo.

The workshop will be led by Steve Allred. The information offered at this workshop is considered an effective deterrent to keep youth from getting involved in destructive behaviors. The workshop is free to the public.

For more information, call Nicole Steinert or Mary Sneddon at 374-4982.

UVSC

Utah Valley State College will celebrate Monday, April 3, as "Wilson Sorensen Day" to honor the college's longest serving president.

At noon there will be an unveiling of a bronze bust of Sorensen's likeness in the administration building concourse. The unveiling will feature addresses from Sorensen and current president Kerry Romesburg.

Sorensen, who served as president for 37 years, started with the school as purchasing director and treasurer in 1941. He was named school director in 1945, a position that evolved into president of Central Utah Vocational School. After World War II, the the school became a community college and it was Sorensen that was instrumental in building two new campuses, one in Provo and one in Orem.