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American Fork

The American Fork Symphony will present "Melodies of Romance" Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the American Fork High School auditorium, 510 N. 600 East.

Pianist Sally Brinton will be the featured guest performer. Brinton is a former Miss Utah who earned her master's degree in piano performance at the Juilliard School in New York City. A featured performance will be the the third movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.

Admission is a suggested $3 donation. For more information about the concert, visit the orchestra's Web site at www.americanforksymphony.org.

Elk Ridge

A new mayor and four new city councilmen will be sworn in Tuesday when the City Council meets in regular session.

New council members Gary Prestwich, Russell Sly, Lee P. Freeman and Todd D. Jackson along with Mayor Vernon Fritz will join Gary Bowen, the only holdover from the previous council. The new council is expected to name a new member to the Planning Commission and reappoint Leonhardt Schroedter to that panel.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 80 Park Drive.


A 19-year-old former employee of US Synthetic has been arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail after more than $20,000 worth of tungsten steel product was stolen and sold for scrap.

Orem Police Department spokesman Lt. Doug Edwards said the man has been taking the material and selling it for scrap value for the past several months.

While Detective Barry Nielsen was investigating at a business that takes in scrap metal, the former employee pulled up with a load of stolen anvils stamped with US Synthetic's name.

He faces felony theft charges.

Provo Canyon

The Wasatch Ice Festival at Bridal Veil Falls will be held Saturday Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The event includes ice climbing clinics and climbing experiences for beginning, intermediate and advanced ice climbers.

Bridal Veil Falls is quickly becoming a favorite destination for ice climbers throughout the world and features the "Stairway to Heaven" route, considered to be the longest vertical ice climb in the lower 48 states with nearly 800 feet of vertical ice. Last years festival drew nearly 1,000 participants.

The event is offered free to the public, and both spectators and participants are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Keller Clark at 801-226-7498.

Spanish Fork

Officials will redo a resolution authorizing a new pressurized irrigation system for the city to increase the spending limit from $18 million to $21 million at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

After further study, engineers came up with "better numbers," city finance officer Kent Clark said. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 40 S. Main.

The City Council will hold a public meeting on Wednesday in the High Chaparral room at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds to explain the new irrigation system to residents. That meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Utah County

The Utah Valley Home Builders Association has installed officers for 2002.

They are J. Bradley Simons of Sandy, president; with officers David A. Lewis, Spanish Fork; William West, Pleasant Grove; Karl Kuhni, Orem; Leonel Castillo, Lindon; Gary Sell, Highland; Chris Tambasco, Woodland Hills and Deann Huish of Orem. The association represents 500 building industry firms and has offices in Orem, Huish said.