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March 8, 2012 7:46 am

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Contest focuses on distracted driving

High schoolers across the state may take part in a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contest aimed at discouraging distracted driving.

Students should submit a 30-second radio public-service announcement, and the winning entry will be professionally produced and sent to the student's local media market.

PennDOT said that in 2010 there were 14,294 crashes statewide involving drivers who were distracted or were using a hand-held cell phone. Approximately 37 percent of those crashes involved a driver who was 16 to 25 years old.

To enter, sophomores, juniors and seniors should submit recorded scripts in MP3 or MP4 format. Students may also submit written scripts.

Entries should be emailed to or by mail to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Erin Waters, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120. Entries must be postmarked by March 23.

One finalist will be chosen from each of PennDOT's 11 engineering districts.


Clinic offers free dental care

A Monroeville dentist will provide free dental care during the third annual Dentistry from the Heart Event next month.

Larry Suher, a family dentist, will offer a free extraction, filling or cleaning to the first 100 people to come to his practice at 4328 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville.

Patients must be at least 18 years old and will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. on April 4.

Details: 412-373-7777 or


Month of events planned at library

A series of events will be held this month at the Braddock Carnegie Library to celebrate the historic library's 123rd anniversary.

Ceramic and screen printing activities will be held during the "Very Open Studios" event, Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Braddock resident Jim Kidd will release his limited-edition hand printed artist book during "a celebration of 'Kiddisms'" and the library's artist-in-residence programs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 16.

The children's library and teen space will celebrate its grand opening on the second floor of the library with games, art, food and other activities noon to 4 p.m. March 24.

University of Pittsburgh professors Richard Wukich and Ian Nettleship will host a session on how to build ceramic water filters, an economical way to increase access to clean water on March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $30 donation is suggested for this event.

First Published 2012-03-08 06:47:22

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