SANATOGA PA – Santa Claus once joined members of the Sanatoga Fire Company on an annual drive throughout Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township, during what was called the Santa Run, to toss candy to children and their parents waiting along the roadside. But with safety and convenience in mind, firefighters again this year are substituting “Santa Stops” for his ride.
The fire company has announced its plans to again make scheduled stops with the season’s jolliest elf today (Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013) at a series of locations across the township from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at specified times.
Planned times and stop locations are:
- Rosewood and South Sunnybrook, 10 a.m.
- Donna and Noel, 10:30 a.m.
- Maple and Oaktree, 10:30 a.m.
- Heather and Bradley, 10:50 a.m.
- Bramblewood and First, 11 a.m.
- Welsh and Oak, 11:10 a.m.
- Creekside and Brookview, 11:20 a.m.
- Welsh and Sunnyslope, 11:30 a.m.
- Pinehurst and Raleigh, 11:40 a.m.
- Sanatoga Village Condominiums, 11:50 a.m.
- Pebble Beach and Julie, 12:05 p.m.
- Blackberry and Commons, 12:20 p.m.
- The Kepler Road entrance to Walnut Ridge, 12:25 p.m.
- Allison and Shelly, 12:40 p.m.
- Buchert Road entrance to Walnut Ridge, 12:50 p.m.
- Oakdale and Woodmere, 1:10 p.m.
- Office area at Rolling Hills, 1:30 p.m.
- Oakdale and Rivendell, 1:30 p.m.
- Rolling Hills at Buchert Road, 1:50 p.m.
- Barn area at Windhaven, 2 p.m.
- Prospect Hill Lane, 2:25 p.m.
- Shaner’s Trailer Park on East High Street (By Bus Stop), 2:25 p.m.
- Sanatoga Fire Company at East High Street, 2:45 p.m., and
- Evergreen Road, 3 p.m.
In case of rain, the stops will be scheduled for Dec. 22 (Sunday).
The prime worry is heavier traffic that threatens both firefighters and families. “Due to the increased volume on our local streets and roads, we have found (the run became) more dangerous for children and our members,” the fire company has said in the past. At times, traffic backs up behind the apparatus, and even though it is the holiday season, some drivers become quite impatient.”
Santa Stops eliminate most of those hazards.