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Chico's holiday spirit strong despite wet weather

The weather outside may be frightful, but it's not keeping people from getting into the holiday spirit.

Posted: Dec 1, 2019 5:13 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2019 6:10 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The weather outside may be frightful, but it's not keeping people in Chico from getting into the holiday spirit.

Steady winter rain continues through the weekend, drenching streets and slowing traffic around town. 

The weather, however, is not dampening the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 31. 

The scouts started the weekend off with 600 trees. The troop's scoutmaster says they are now down to about 400 trees, and the boys are having a blast. 

"I just like hanging out with my friends and helping people find the perfect tree,"  said one scout. 

Sales from the trees will go to their summer camp trip.

The boys work in pairs, trying to make sure each customer gets the perfect pine or Douglas Fir. 

Customers visiting the tree lot on 2020 Esplanade are more than happy to help out the Boy Scouts. 

"We feel like we get a great price and we are helping the community," said Anne Polk, a woman who bought her tree Sunday. "What happened last year with the fires, we are all glad to see the rain."

On the other side of town, a group of Camp Fire survivors people, headed by Patti Lloyd, are crafting Christmas ornaments for those who lost theirs in the flames. 

"I think being able to create is a wonderful way for healing," said Lloyd. 

Those who could not make the ornament making event today can still donate any ornaments at the Chico Art Studio at 740 Flume Street.

Trees from the Boy Scouts are available at the Esplanade lot for $60 until they sell out. Their operating hours are from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

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Staying hot and hazy today, but relief from the heat is on the way for the middle of this week. We'll also have the potential for mountain thunderstorms on Wednesday. The heat returns this weekend.
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