The South at a glace

March 8, 2012 7:52 am

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Contest focuses on distracted driving

High schoolers across the state may enter a PennDOT contest aimed at discouraging distracted driving.

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

According to the state Department of Transportation, 14,294 crashes occurred statewide in 2010 involving drivers who were distracted or were using a hand-held cell phone. About 37 percent of those crashes involved a driver who was 16 to 25 years old.

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

Entries should be emailed to RA-penndotpress@pa.gov 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.

BETHEL PARK

Interfaith group remembers Holocaust

South Hills Interfaith Ministries will host its 33rd annual Holocaust Observance at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at Temple Emmanuel, 1250 Bower Hill Road.

This year's event is "Sugihara: Circle of Courage." Chiune Sugihara was vice consul of the Japanese Consulate in Lithuania during World War II. In 1940, Mr. Sugihara - with his wife, his German secretary and a Dutch businessman - was able to get some 6,000 Jews out of Lithuania. In doing so, he risked the lives of his family and his career. As many as 40,000 descendants of those Jewish refugees can trace their families' survival to the actions of Mr. Sugihara and his Circle of Courage.

The observance will include music, participation by local clergy and a candle-lighting ceremony by Holocaust survivors or children of survivors.


First Published 2012-03-08 06:54:10

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