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Citrus Heights News Briefs: balloons, power outage, obituary, best lights

Christmas lights
The home at 7032 Ansbrough Drive in Citrus Heights was one of two winners for “Most Creative Lights.”

Latest local news briefs include an obituary for a man whose family is behind the name of a residential street in Citrus Heights, winners of the city’s 2019 Best Lights contest announced, and balloons blamed for causing a major power outage on Christmas Eve.

Balloons blamed after thousands lose power on Christmas Eve
27,000 SMUD customers lost power for about an hour on Dec. 24, after the utilities district said metallic (Mylar) festive balloons got caught in a high-voltage substation transmission line the day before Christmas. In a tweet about the incident, SMUD reminded residents to “always keep your festive balloons tied down.” (See SMUD tweet)

Obituary: Ronald Dale Leineke (1930-2019)
Ronald Leineke, who was raised on Leineke Lane in Citrus Heights and graduated from San Juan High School (class of 1949), passed away on Dec. 6, 2019. A lengthy obituary about his life was published in the Sacramento Bee last week. (See full obituary)

City announces winners for 2019 Best Lights in Citrus Heights
The City of Citrus Heights for the first time held a contest for the best Christmas lights in the city, announcing four winners out of more than 20 nominees. The most creative lights were 7600 Farmgate Way and 7032 Ansbrough Drive, while the best traditional lights were 8111 Orelle Creek Ct. and 6248 Woodcreek Drive. (See photos)

Trash collection dates
Republic Services is reminding residents that waste collection will not take place on New Years Day, causing pickup around the city to be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. (See calendar)

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