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Cleanup volunteers to scour Brandon

It's fall cleaning time, but instead of their homes, people will be cleaning up neighborhoods and streets around Brandon on Saturday as part of the Fall Centennial Clean-up Challenge. "During our spring cleanup in April we had 500 folks helping us," said John Krug, manager of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce's Program of Action.

The community will be divided into 100 zones, but the focus will be the center of Brandon. People who help can clean in any area they select.

Check-in time is 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber offices at 4098 W Brandon Blvd. The cleanup will last from 9 to 11:30 a.m. A free pizza lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We are thinking of making this a regular thing," Krug said.

Members of the Chamber hope the event will make people think twice about throwing things out their car windows. It also will be an opportunity to get rid of newspapers, aluminum cans and plastics that have accumulated at home.

"We won't pay money but we'll aid in the cleanup," said Barbara Wynn, chairman of the Chamber's beautification committee. "We hope a lot of families will get involved and have some fun together as well as cleaning up Brandon."

As an extra incentive, free T-shirts will be given away to the first 600 people who register.

The challenge is part of the Chamber's fourfold program, which includes environmental awareness, recycling, community-wide cleanup and planting.

On Oct. 20, the Chamber planted 108 slash pine trees at Interstate 75 and State Road 60. Low-maintenance shrubs and oak trees will be planted later.

"We are encouraging people who are out driving on Saturday and can't join us to slow down and wave," Wynn said.