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Gough Park Christmas Tree Lights Up the Night

Photos and Article by Charlie McKee

At 5:15 pm on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, a PNM switch turned on the 3,200 lights of the giant Christmas tree in Gough Park. It was a dream come true for Billie Jean Behrens and the local members of the Preceptor Tau Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. (See GCB article here.)

Thanks to volunteers from PNM who supplied the truck and labor to install the lights, Gough Park is now resplendent in multi-colored lighting from the Christmas tree, as well as the recently lit white icicle lights of the Gazebo. The project literally and figuratively reignites an old tradition dating back to the 1960s, instigated by erstwhile members of the Silver City Lions Club: Howard Ball, Moose White, Ken Havens, Doc Griffin, and Donald "Smitty" Smith. They found the tree in the forest, planted it in Gough Park, and brought into being a tradition that may now be rekindled with this "Light Up Your Life" holiday event.

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