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STATEWIDE CLEANUP DAY TO CLEAR WAY FOR CENTENNIAL

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The Centennial Commission is calling out everything from Boy and Girl Scouts to the National Guard for "Take Pride in Utah" day May 14.

As a prelude to Utah's statehood centennial celebration in 1996, the 25-member Centennial Commission has organized a statewide cleanup day it hopes will involve individuals and community groups in 1 million hours' worth of cleanup work, said coordinator Sharry Pickett.Gov. Mike Leavitt signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring the pre-celebration event. "If you're going to have a real big party to celebrate something, the first thing you do is clean the house," he said.

Additional cleanup days will preface centennial celebration activities in 1996. Leavitt said he hopes the May 14 event will outlast the centennial. "We hope this will be a tradition that will endure as a product of the centennial."

The event is a coordinated effort among federal, state and local government entities and private organizations. The bulk of the cleanup is focused on May 14, a Saturday. Children will organize cleanup projects at their schools the day before with events planned on other days, Pickett said.