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Deep rooted La Conner donor gives Town Christmas tree


December 9, 2020

THE TREE IS LIT: LET’S DANCE – Jerry and Jerri Kaufman celebrated their assisting Santa in the lighting of the community Christmas tree in Gilkey Square last Saturday with a dance. Virtually no one else was there, having been banished to their homes by COVID-19, where they could watch on their computer or other screens. – Photo by Nancy Crowell

For the second year in a row, the Town of La Conner has received an early Christmas present from a local resident.

A large present, at that.

The blue spruce installed last Wednesday at Gilkey Square as the community Christmas tree was donated by Kirby Johnson. The Town Public Works Department cut it from Johnson’s La Conner Realty & Investment Co. property on Morris Street.

A year ago, the community Christmas tree here was provided by Pat Smyth, a member of the Public Works staff.

Johnson is a La Conner High alum, long active in local business, farm, and civic projects.

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