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Alpine Schools

Hollie Kay Carlson, a first-grade teacher at Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Lindon, has been named Alpine School District Teacher of the Year for 2001.

The selection was made by a representative committee after nominations by local principals. Carlson will now represent Alpine teachers at the state level with the possibility of competing in the national competition. Carlson has been a classroom teacher for 15 years. She has also received several incentives for Excellence Grant awards for her professionalism.

Orem

The first phase of Center Street construction west of State Street is finished and the road is open to traffic including the intersections of 400 West and 800 West.

The second phase began Monday involving the street section between 400 West and State Street. Two lanes of traffic, one eastbound and one westbound, will be open during this phase. There will be no left turns allowed in the area during construction.

This phase will require half of the road to be rebuilt at one time. Staker Paving will first work on the south side of Center Street. In approximately two weeks it will begin reconstruction of the north side, with two lanes of traffic open on the south side. Construction is expected to be finished around Sept. 20.

For more information call Chad Hendry at 229-7194.

Payson

Payson Canyon Park, known for years as Beer Can Flats, is now within city limits.

The City Council annexed the park and property belonging to Thomas Lindley totaling 17.65 acres on Wednesday. The Lindley property was needed to keep the boundary contiguous with present city boundaries, associate planner Cheryl Hobbs said.

Provo

An all-day actors workshop will be held at The Franciscan Center, 172 N. 500 West, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. The workshop will cover film, stage, commercials, on-camera skills, improvisation and auditioning.

The cost is $35 if the actor pre-registers for the workshop. The regular fee is $50. The workshop fees will be donated to The Franciscan Center.

Actors are asked to wear black sweatpants and white T-shirts, to prepare two monologues and have a scene ready to share. They should bring a sack lunch. To pre-register, call 801-377-2596.

Springville

The Read Leaf bookstore welcomes poet David Messineo, who will read from his collection titled "Suburban Gothic," Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. Following his presentation, the floor will be open to anyone who wants to share one or two original poems with the audience.

Messineo, who is touring the country representing a new quarterly publication, Sensations magazine, is looking for writers who are interested in submitting their work for publication.

The Read Leaf, 164 S. Main Street, is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 489-1390 or toll-free 1-877-287-1332.

Utah County

The Utah County Democratic Women will hold its Annual Picnic in the Park, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Pioneer Park in Provo, 500 W. Center Street.

The evening will include live music, homemade baked goods, prize drawings, a silent auction and more. Light refreshments will be for sale; however, plan to bring your own picnic, blanket or chairs.

Special guests will include 3rd District House candidate Donald Dunn, U.S. Senate candidate Scott N. Howell, Utah Lt. Governor candidate Karen Hale and Utah Attorney General candidate Reed Richards and other Democratic leaders.

For more information call Bonnie Callis at 371-0079 or Anita Bradford at 798-6227.