A large group of supporters and volunteers are lining up with rakes, shovels and gloves and anything else necessary to get the job done to ensure that the first annual Great Brady Trash-Off and Recycling Event is successful in the local community. Sponsored by Keep Brady Beautiful, the event is scheduled to “sweep- up” the community Aug. 11-13. The organization’s goal is to establish a standard for continuous approval and recognition of the community with an ongoing litter prevention and neighborhood beautification effort while encouraging the need for recycling in the community. KBB is asking Brady residents to join the first annual trash-off and recycling event beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 on the Old Mason Road near Carey Ave. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. (rain or shine) with the clean-up following immediately after a ribbon cutting ceremony by several state and local government officials. Several concerned community members have already stepped up to the plate to help with the clean up. Everything from dozers to dump trucks will be on hand and ready to assist. Representatives from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission will also be available for the first annual clean-up and recycling event equipped and ready to go to work with a tire chipping machine. The first targeted area will include the neighborhood area around the Old Mason Road and long-time abandoned peanut mill. Doris Williams and Marvin Morris, event coordinators and two of the main reasons KBB was organized, emphasize that, “You don’t have to live next door to your neighbors to help them out. You can live across town and still help.” “A lot of residents don’t have the means (money and transportation) to clean-up the unwanted trash and debris around their homes,” said Mrs. Williams. “This is where our organization can help out.” “We encourage those who have the transportation to bring all their unwanted used tires, batteries, paint cans (with or without the old paint), glass, paper, tree branches and general yard debris down to the clean-up site where all material can be either recycled or properly disposed of,” added Mrs. Williams. In addition to items already mentioned, KBB will also be accepting any garage sale items (clothing, furniture, etc.) which will in turn be donated to McCulloch County Helping Hands for distribution to families in need in the local community. A luncheon catered by Catfish Corner of Abilene and San Angelo will also be held on Aug. 11 for both local and state officials. Hot dog plates will be offered for other volunteers. Contests, entertainment, souvenirs and other prize giveaways will be awarded throughout the event as well. Volunteers are asked to come dressed for the occasion: gloves, thick-soled shoes, hats, long sleeves and sunscreen. Those donating their time and services are also asked to be aware of the traffic flow, snakes, poison ivy and fire ants. For additional information, Keep Brady Beautiful can be reached at 597-2702.