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Old town aglow with Christmas once again

PG&E donates lights, crew
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Old Town Auburn got a sprinkling of LED Christmas lights, donated and installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Tuesday. Linda Robinson, Old Town Business Association president, said she approached PG&E about donating lights for the two big evergreen trees behind the community billboard because the current ones were badly worn. “Since they are a landmark behind our community billboard, it makes sense to have the two tallest trees there lit with holiday lights and along with our holiday lights and decorations in Old Town, those trees become a ‘beacon’ in Old Town and the rest of the Auburn community,” Robinson said. PG&E work crews donated their time after work to install the energy-efficient LED Christmas lights. They were scheduled to install them Monday, but got called to an emergency power outage in the Lincoln-area. “There was never a question of ‘we’ll think about it’ or ‘we’ll see what we can do’, it was ‘sure, we’ll work it out,’” Robinson said. “Our community is an incredibly giving community and so many step up when there is a need, whether it be small or large, things seem to magically appear.” Brittany McKannay, external communications representative for PG&E, said when they got the request from Robinson they were eager to help. “She let us know that for a variety of reasons they didn’t have Christmas lights,” McKannay said. “We decided it would be a great opportunity to donate LED lights and install them.” Robinson said the company’s donations showed the giving spirit is alive and well in Auburn. “I’m grateful for many things in my life,” Robinson said. “I’m grateful that I have the privilege of having a small business in such a giving place.” ~Sara Seyydin