Santa scheduling trips through Enumclaw, Buckley

Volunteer firefighters will again wind their way through town

Santa Claus will be a busy fellow next week. In addition to his normal holiday chores, St. Nick will find time to travel through Plateau neighborhoods, courtesy of local firefighters.

Santa will be patrolling Enumclaw on a fire engine next week as part of an annual program sponsored by the local Volunteer Firefighters Association.

As usual, an emergency vehicle - with lights on and Christmas music playing - will cruise a couple of blocks ahead of Santa's truck to alert residents.

Santa's fire truck will follow shortly behind and volunteer firefighters on foot will deliver candy canes. For safety sake, firefighters ask that everyone remain on the sidewalk - the firefighters will deliver the goodies.

They'll be making their rounds between 6 and 9 p.m.

Here's the schedule Santa's crew will be keeping:

€ Dec. 13, neighborhoods east of Semanski Street and south of Roosevelt Avenue.

€ Dec. 14: areas west of Semanski and south of Griffin Avenue; area west of Clovercrest and north of Griffin.

€ Dec. 15: everything east of Semanski/Clovercrest and north of Roosevelt; the eastern border is Division Street, but includes the blocks of Edith, Neilson and Lincoln avenues running east of Lafromboise.

€ Dec. 16: everything east of Division Street and north of Roosevelt Avenue.

€ Dec. 17 will be dedicated to any areas missed due to poor weather or Santa's helpers being called away on emergency business.

€ € €

For a detailed map of Santa's Enumclaw tour, visit and click on the “city of Enumclaw” link. Once on the city's home page, click on “Santa Patrol 2006” under the “What's new” heading.

In Buckley, he's being treated to an antique ride

Santa Claus is coming to Buckley.

He will be carried through city neighborhoods in a 1942 Ford fire truck, generally between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Dec. 15.

Santa's helpers will be handing out candy canes and in turn collecting donations of new and unwrapped toys and gifts, canned/non-perishable food items or cash, to give to families in need during the holiday season.

Citizens of Buckley will undoubtedly be able to hear Santa's approach as the sirens sound and bells clang, but just in case they feel a need to prepare for his arrival here is a close facsimile of his schedule.

Photo opportunities will abound all five days, but the start of Santa's sojourn will take place on Monday, when Santa will be traveling around the blocks north of Wally's Drive-In off state Route 410, from Naches, Edith and Park Streets to Rosewood Drive and Mountain Circle and from Main and Mason streets to Jefferson Avenue.

Tuesday, the route will be from River Avenue, Pearl and Mill streets to Ryan Road, Mason Avenue and Spiketon Road. Dec. 13, Santa will show his jolly face from B, C and D streets to Main Street and Collins Road; and Dec. 14, he'll travel from the Copperwynd development to McNeely Street and Fieldcrest Place.

Finally, Dec. 15, Santa will be wrapping up his whirlwind tour as the fire truck chugs from the Shay Estates along Bevlo, Sheets and Klink streets and ends up at Rainier School.

This is also the time of year for the “Giving Tree” program, being sponsored again by the Buckley Fire Department. Those willing to contribute can stop by the Buckley police lobby, 133 Cedar St., take a descriptive tag off the tree, shop for that specific gift and return it (unwrapped).

Another option is to purchase a new, unwrapped gift (keeping the age limit of birth to 17 in mind). Families needing help during the holidays are usually discovered through churches, food banks and neighbors, but anyone living within the White River School District boundaries is eligible for assistance. Sign up at the fire station, 151 Cedar St., or call 360-829-1441 ext. 227 by the deadline of Dec. 14. All names are kept confidential.

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