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Celebrate the real Christmas

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Congratulations to Auburn’s Joanne Neft for winning the prestigious “Citizen of the Year” award from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments on Dec 10. The SACOG region includes the six counties in the greater Sacramento region — Placer and El Dorado in the Sierra foothills and 2.1 million people. Joanne won this award because of her drive and determination to promote and enhance local agriculture in Placer County. We are all the beneficiaries of her leadership in creating numerous farmers’ markets in Placer County and the Mountain Mandarin Festival. Our quality of life is enhanced when we have the opportunity to eat fresh and healthy local food and gaze upon the beautiful orchards and ranches. There is no one more deserving of this award than Joanne Neft.   Kevin Hanley, Auburn City Council