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El Dorado Hills Senior Center gets new Christmas tree

Other holiday events include Town Center Tree Lighting on Nov. 24
By: Menka Belgal, Telegraph Correspondent
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On Friday morning, despite the drizzle, a 25-foot Coastal Redwood was delivered to the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. The tree replaces a diseased 45–year-old, 35-foot-tall pine tree which died and had to be removed, according to officials. The old pine was decorated and lit every holiday season and became a holiday tradition. Residents of El Dorado Hills and members of the Senior Center were concerned the tradition might end, so Chief Dave Roberts, with the help of the Firefighters Foundation and the county, purchased a $1,780 tree from Norman’s Nursery.

The county paid for the transportation and labor fees while the Firefighters Foundation paid for the tree itself.

A crane lifted the massive tree from the flatbed truck and placed it in an eight-foot-by-eight-foot hole in front of the Senior Center.
“We didn’t place the tree in the same spot as the other,” said Roberts, “because there might be piping and wiring there.”

Additionally, the area may have had some issues with the soil as the previous tree had died there. The new spot has excellent visibility from the road, according to Roberts.

Soon after Thanksgiving, the new redwood will be decorated and Roberts is scheduled to have the honor of decorating and topping the tree.

In other holiday happenings, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Town Center is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Santa is expected to arrive around 6:30 p.m. with the actual lighting of the tree taking place around 7.

Folsom’s Historic District Tree Lighting is slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, on Sutter Street.

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