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Santa will tour Enumclaw, Buckley next week

In Enumclaw

Santa Claus will be patrolling the streets of Enumclaw on a fire engine next week as part of an annual program sponsored by the Enumclaw 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 to everyone who has been good this past year (but they've been known to give candy canes to those who have been naughty, as well). 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:

€ Tuesday: east of 410 and south of Roosevelt

€ Dec. 15: west of Semanski and North of Roosevelt

€ Dec. 16: south of Roosevelt and West 410

€ Dec. 17: east of Florence to Division and Roosevelt north.

€ Dec. 18: everything east of Division Street and north of Roosevelt

Avenue.

Dec. 19 will be dedicated to any areas missed due to poor weather or Santa's helpers being called away on emergency business.

No tax dollars are used to support the Santa Patrol program (aside from the use of fire trucks). The money for the approximately 6,000 candy canes that will be passed out was raised by the Enumclaw Firefighters Association during a September car wash.

In Buckley

Finding time in his busy holiday schedule, Santa will be joining Buckley firefighters as they cruise their city streets next week.

Members of the fire department roll out their 1946 Ford fire truck for the event, criss-crossing the city with the siren blaring. Candy canes are passed out, and any child who would like to visit with Santa is encouraged to do so. The crew will generally be out from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

At the same time, firefighters conduct a food drive. Anyone wishing to make a donation can turn over their goods when Santa patrols through their neighborhood. All collections are given to the Buckley Food Bank.

Here's Santa's schedule:

€ Monday: Naches, Second, Third, Fourth, Cascade, Edith, Norma, Fulton and Hatch streets; Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park; Rosewood Drive; Rosewood Court; Park Place Manor; Mountain Circle; Fourth, Park, Dundass, Wheeler and Balm avenues; Main Street, Mason Avenue and Jefferson Avenue west of state Route 410; Hinkleman and Hinkleman Extension.

€ Tuesday: River Street from A Street to Ryan Road; Jefferson Avenue from 410 to A Street; Ryan Road from River Street to Spiketon Road; Mason Avenue from Pearl to A Street; Spiketon Road from Ryan to Mountainview; 112th, Pearl, Mill, Perkins, Division, Cedar, Cottage and A streets; and Ashley Court.

€ Dec. 15: Mason Avenue from A Street to Spruce Street; Main Street from A Street to Collins Road; Collins Road between Rainier Street and Shamrock Court; Shamrock Court and Hamilton Court; and Rainier, Elsa, Monte Vista, Spruce, B, C and D streets.

€ Dec. 16: Collins Road between Main Street and McNeely Street; Copperwynd; Whitmore Way; Heather Lane; Sergeant and McNeely streets; Fieldcrest Place, View Place and Mellish Place.

€ Dec. 17: Ryan Road from Spiketon road to Levesque; Rainier School; Shay Estates; Rose Place; Bevlo, Sheets and Klink streets; and anything Santa missed earlier in the week.

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