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Girl Scouts celebrate Bud Fish Tree Lighting with Santa

Christy Mond
Special to the Sun

Courtesy Melanie CookeBFFand#8217;s Brownie Girl Scout, Dakota Cooke and Daisy Girl Scout, Shayne Mond have a few giggles at the Bud Fish Tree Lighting Ceremony in Truckee.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; More than 100 Girl Scouts and their families gathered in the new depot in Downtown Truckee to sing Christmas carols and enjoy the holiday festivities planned by the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, The Town of Truckee, and the Truckee Rotary. With Santa and the Truckee Regulators passing out candy canes, Dec. 2 was a very festive evening, indeed. In addition to singing, the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, ran a food drive to benefit Project MANA while TDPUD exchanged old Christmas lights for new energy efficient LED lights. The Girl Scouts sang with Glenshire Elementary School music teacher, Claudia Waters, and her GES Chorus. Waters played her guitar while the scouts belted out carols. All paused for about a half an hour at dusk to enjoy the tree lighting ceremony.

The ceremony honors longtime Truckee resident and charter member of the Rotarians, Bud Fish, who always supplied a town Christmas Tree for Truckee when he was living. On hand was another charter member of the Rotarians and longtime friend of Bud Fish, Bob Sutton, who said the singing and gathering of the Girl Scouts and so many other children and thier families made the dedication of the tree to his friend that much more special. Santa said he enjoyed the Girl Scouts singing, as well.

After an exciting countdown to the lighting of a fabulous tree in the middle of downtown, the Scouts sang again, this time led by Dan Mangus, of the Assumption Catholic Church. Mangus played his guitar beautifully while the crowd of more than 1,000 sang with enthusiasm. Singer Alicia Guzman said in all her years gathering for the tree lighting, she had never seen such a crowd.

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is the preeminent organization for girls, serving 6,400 plus girls with assistance from 1,900 volunteers in 23 counties in northern Nevada and eastern California. For 100 years, Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The goal of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is to make Girl Scouting available to every girl ages 5 to 17. Providing fun, motivational programing is at the heart of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout program utilizes themes of leadership and self-development enabling girls to reach their full potential and prepare themselves for the challenges that lie ahead. Todayand#8217;s Girl Scouts are tomorrowand#8217;s leaders. For more information, contact serviceunit631@hotmail.com.