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Let river theme flow in town

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Protect American River Canyons would like to thank all the participants, sponsors and donors for joining PARC in making this year’s river village at the Confluence Festival such an outstanding success. We are so grateful to all the good folks who continue to make the American River a high priority and generously donate their time, talents and resources to help PARC build community through the conservation and stewardship of our American River resources. As our community leaders develop a future vision and identity for Auburn, PARC hopes that our leaders will take notice of community support for the American River by including “riverscape” themes into the city’s new beautification plan. Originally, Auburn grew with the river and includes a symbolic confluence of its own at the intersection of Lincoln and High Streets. It seems like the moment has arrived to acknowledge our river-canyon roots — natural, cultural and recreational — with interactive sculptures, arches and landscaping that invite people to experience our single greatest “green asset,” the American River. We have so much artistic, design and construction talent in our community that could be employed. The Auburn Leadership Class’s almost completed stone bus stop on High Street is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with focused volunteer participation. Thanks to all who joined the 18th annual Confluence Festival. Hopefully our Auburn city leaders will acknowledge your support. Eric Peach, for the Confluence Festival Committee, Auburn