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Local residents are being called to action Saturday to help the town during the twice-a-year Havre PRIDE cleanup. Kim Cripps, who chairs the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce committee that oversees Havre PRIDE, said this spring’s cleanup has a new twist a partnership with the newly formed Recycle Hi-Line. “We really want to make Havre green and energy conscious,” Cripps said. The event starts at 9 a.m. with trash bags available at a drop-off point by the Havre Fire Department on 5th Avenue and another by the Zip Trip gas station and convenience store on Washington Avenue and 11th Street. Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Vandeberg said the chamber again is teaming up with the Montana Department of Transportation, which maintains and cleans 1st Street and 5th Avenue, and the City of Havre for the cleanup. Those organizations provide support and supplies including trash bags for the effort, she said. Cripps said she also will need some adults willing to supervise youths helping with the cleanup as assigned community service to show up at the 5th Avenue location prior to 9 a.m. “We need people to come and give these kids some moral support and supervision,” Cripps said. She said another event also is timed with this spring’s Havre PRIDE a pancake breakfast sponsored by the North Central Montana Shrine Club. “We encourage everybody to support the Shriners,” Cripps said. “They will be having breakfast to get our day started. That usually has a pretty good turnout too.” Hank Tweeten, treasurer of the Shrine Club, said the group has been doing a pancake breakfast with the spring Havre PRIDE cleanup for about four years. The pancake breakfast will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Club on 2nd Street. The money from the pancake feed all-you-can eat at $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger will help pay for the activities of the club, including transporting local children for treatment at the Shriners hospitals, Tweeten said. The Shrine Club helps transport the children to the hospitals where treatment is provided free-of-charge. The clean-up this year will feature recycling, as well. Cripps said members of Recycle Hi-Line will be at the 5th Avenue location to collect paper and cardboard those items must be separated and bagged to be accepted and have brought a container donated by Pacific Recycling in which to place aluminum and other metals for recycling. Cripps said Havre PRIDE wants to work with the recycling group to increase awareness of the effort. She hopes people out walking through Havre will start picking up trash for recycling, grabbing metal cans and so on and will start recycling items such as paper and plastic instead of throwing them in the trash. She added that people should dress appropriately for the cleanup, wearing gloves and protective clothing. If anyone finds items that raise concerns the remnants of a methamphetamine laboratory were found during Havre PRIDE last fall they should not try to clean it up. “If you do find something you are concerned about, please don’t touch it,” she said. If they do find suspicious or dangerous items, people should call the police at 265-4361 or at 265-0905, she said. Cripps said other activities also are scheduled for Saturday, including a children’s safety fair at the Holiday Village Mall that is set to include a carnival to raise funds for the Havre Community Food Bank and Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen. “We have a whole family day of events planned,” Cripps said.