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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

November 30, 2010

Members of the Big Pine Civic Club gathered this week to decorate the massive tree located at the corner of U.S. 395 and State Route 168 at the north end of Big Pine. A tree lighting ceremony, during which the tree’s new environmentally friendly LED lights will be debuted, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Photos by Charles James

Some might argue that the lone, stately sequoia that stands north of the Big Pine business district is already “green,” but this year it is even “greener” thanks to new LED Christmas lights replacing the traditional incandescent lights of the past.
Purchased with donations from local residents, the new LED lights use much less energy, last much longer than incandescent lights and will substantially reduce the costs to light the community’s Christmas tree.
The tree is located on the corner of U.S. 395 and State Route 168.
“While not the original tree for which the town was named, it is nevertheless a majestic representative and suitable replacement of the original tree which is now long gone,” noted a local historian.
The Big Pine Civic Club is responsible for decorating the tree and pays the bill to keep it lit. Local electrician and Civic Club member Kent Schlock is responsible for stringing together the lights needed to decorate the tree. Steve Miller with CalTech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory (locally known as “Big Ears”) provided the tall lift needed to place the lights from top to bottom.
Residents are invited to join in the fun and spirit of the season with neighbors and friends as the community Christmas tree is officially lit for the holiday season.
The tree lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Hot chocolate and donuts will be provided. Holiday songs and music will be provided by the High Sierra Chorus of Sweet Adelines and the Big Pine High School music group. Santa and his helper (whose real identities are being withheld to protect the innocent) will arrive by fire truck to greet the crowd and to distribute Christmas stockings provided by Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department for the children.
For more information, contact Big Pine Civic Club Secretary Rick Fields at (760) 938-2319.

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