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VOLUNTEERS TAKE A SHINE TO CLEANUP DAY

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Utah cleaned up, literally, as thousands of residents scoured the state and made it sparkle in response to Gov. Mike Leavitt's declaration of "Centennial Statehood Take Pride in Utah Day" Saturday.

Throughout the Salt Lake Valley, orange-clad workers from churches, schools, civic organizations, and other volunteers filled big orange garbage bags with the tons of trash that collect along Utah's roadsides and parks.More than 750 Adopt-A-Highway groups de-junked highways. The Plymouth Ward in the Tay-lors-ville LDS Stake welcomed help from Leavitt, his son Mike, and James Andrews, the popular "Don't Waste Utah" personality, who toiled alongside volunteers to clean up the Redwood Road overpass on I-80 westbound.

Communities throughout the state also cleaned up. Volunteers from the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Junior League and Weber State University scoured Ogden City Cemetery, Lorin Farr Park, the Ogden River Parkway and many roadsides in Weber County.

In Tooele, laborers spruced up Stansbury Park Elementary, Grantsville Middle School and Tooele Junior High School Friday. Saturday, workers planted trees at West Elementary and the Kiwanis Adopt-A-Highway team cleaned between Erda and Stansbury Park.

A veritable army descended on Antelope Island to clean up, spruce up and fix up the trails to make them more inviting and negotiable for hikers.

Inmates from the Utah State Correctional Facility removed debris from the Jordan River Parkway.

Nearly 500 volunteers put their shoulder to the wheelbarrow to build a "Park in a Day" at 2000 E. Stratford Ave. in Sugar House. The project has been 13 years in the making but has only seen rapid growth in the past two months.

Leavitt, attired in a "Take Pride in Utah" T-shirt, also joined volunteers in Ogden, Richfield, Bryce Canyon and Pioneer Trail State Park.

One million labor hours was the goal for Saturday's effort, said Ted Stewart, executive director of "Take Pride in Utah." In total, Stewart wants $16 million in volunteer labor to prepare the state for Utah's centennial.

The Utah Centennial Commission, who coordinated Saturday's activities, wants 1994 to be the year of the "cleanup" and 1995 to be the year of the "fix up."

"We want to not only beautify but also help Utahns connect with their wonderful Utah history," said Stephen Studdert, chairman of the commission whose plan is to raise money to complete the restoration and building in Pioneer Trail State Park.

Utah's centennial celebration begins Jan. 4, 1996, and figures to be a big bash for the state. Most communities are gearing up and have their own centennial commissions in place.

"After all, we only have a party like this every 100 years," Stud-dert said.

"And since some of us won't be around for Utah's next centennial, we want to make this one great," Stewart joked.