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Four fire departments contained a fire at a vacant house Thursday evening.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Department, the fire started around 6 p.m., burning down most of the vacant home but not spreading to the surrounding brush.

Goshen, Elberta, Santaquin and Utah County fire departments responded to the call.

The fire remains under investigation by the Utah County Sheriff's Department.


Miss Provo 2003 contestants will showcase their talents Saturday night.

New Miss Utah Stacy Johnson, last year's Miss Provo, will host the event with Provo resident Rick Robinson.

The talent competition will be held at 7 p.m. at the Timpview High School auditorium, 3570 N. Timpview Drive.

American Fork

The book "Lucy Shook's Letters from Afghanistan," made by Shook's daughters and granddaughters, will be presented in readings tonight at the American Fork Library.

Shook lived in Afghanistan from 1965 to 1970 and wrote many letters about her experiences while operating a small hotel-restaurant.

Some proceeds from sales of the book at the event will be donated to the library.

The presentation is free to the public and will start at 7 p.m. at 65 S. 100 East.


The Orem Recreation Department is offering summer day camps for children ages 5-11 and 4-6. The program will keep children busy with crafts, sports, games, swimming, and supervised free time Monday-Thursday from 10-2 p.m. for three weeks. Sessions begin June 30-July 17 and July 28-Aug. 14. Cost is $90 for the older group and $45 for the younger. Call the Orem Fitness Center at 229-7167 for more information or to register.

American Fork

The American Fork Symphony will audition conductors during concerts over the coming season as the symphony looks to replace departing director Diane Soelberg.

Soelberg is leaving to teach oboe and direct the wind ensemble at BYU-Idaho.

Since there have already been inquiries about the position, the Symphony Board has decided to choose four candidates and assign each a concert to conduct during the 2003-04 season. This will give the orchestra a chance to select its choice for conductor based on experience under that conductor's baton.

Call board president Maxine Steele at 756-2330 for more information and applications, or contact the board through the Web site at www.americanforksymphony.org. Applications are due July 15, 2003.


Springville area residentes are invited to host foreign exchange students in their homes through the University for Children program.

Generally, students arrive a week before school starts and return home a week after it ends. Students take care of their own expenses, such as clothing and recreational activities.

Arrangements can be made for students to carpool to the school.

Host families share their home and food. They will play an enriching role in helping the student become a young adult and get the unique experience to learn about a different culture firsthand.

Contact Lillian Zarndt at 489-0673 for more information.