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Construction on Orem's Center Street is scheduled to begin next week on July 26.

Staker Paving plans to begin reconstructing the road in some locations and resurfacing in others. During the first phase, Center Street will be closed from 400 West to 800 West and from 400 East to 800 East. The street will be widened to five lanes between 400 East and 800 East.

Construction will affect portions of Center Street from 1200 West to the Provo boundary on the east.

In addition, Orem plans to close a bridge over the Provo River at 800 South beginning July 25. It will reopen Oct. 30.


Provo City Parks and Recreation will host a Pioneer Day Celebration beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 24, at North Park, 500 W. 500 North.

A breakfast, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 799 as a fund raiser, will be at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., there will be a flag ceremony to officially begin the day. Activities throughout the day include an antique car show and road competition called the "Car Olympics." Entertainment will be on the center stage from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneer Village will be open with demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum located directly south of the village will be open as well. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. residents can participate in games such as marbles, watermelon seed spitting, gunny sack races, three-legged races, buffalo chip throw, jump rope, straw bale throw, horse shoe pitching and a pie eating contest at 1 p.m.

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The International Library of Photography will award more than $60,000 in prizes during this year's International Open Amateur Photography Contest.

Photographers from the Provo area, particularly beginners, are welcome to try to win their share of more than 1,300 prizes. The deadline is Oct. 28. The contest is open to everyone, and there is no entry fee.

To enter, send one photograph in one of the following categories: people, travel, pets, children, sports, nature, action, humor, portraiture or other. The photo must be a color or black-and-white print (unmounted), 8-by-10 inches or smaller. All entries must include the photographer's name and address on the back, as well as the category and the title of the photo.

Photographs should be sent to: The International Library of Photography, Suite 101-9008, 3600 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 28, 2000.


Students in Skills USA-VICA, Utah Valley State College's vocational-education club chapter, earned seven medals in the national competition held in Kansas City, Mo.

UVSC's participation helped Utah students break a national record for the number of medals earned by one state in the history of the competition. Utah has earned 40.

The 25 participants from UVSC earned three first place medals, four second place medals, and all but two finished in the top 10 in each of their categories.

Only the first place finishers in the state competitions were invited to compete nationally.

More than 4,000 career and technical students from throughout the nation competed in 70 contests ranging from carpentry to culinary arts. Skills USA-VICA, a national organization of students studying technical, skilled and service occupations, has more than 245,000 members from high schools and colleges throughout the nation.