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Briefs December 8, 2010

| December 8, 2010 8:00 PM

Santa runs to collect donations

Santa will be visiting Post Falls tonight with his Kootenai County Fire and Rescue helpers to spread Christmas cheer, hand out candy canes and collect items for local charities.

Food collected will be donated to the local food bank, money collected will be given to Christmas for All and toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Santa and firefighters will make half-hour stops at Post Falls schools and businesses, rather than visiting neighborhoods as they have in the past, to save on gas and time and so kids can see Santa up close.

Here is the schedule:

* 6-6:30 p.m. - West Ridge, Prairie View schools;

* 6:35-7:05 p.m. - Seltice, Ponderosa schools;

* 7:10-7:40 p.m. - Frederick Post Kindergarten, Super 1 Foods;

* 7:45-8:15 p.m. - Mullan Trail Elementary, Trading Co. Store; and

* 8:20-8:50 p.m. - River City, Post Falls middle schools.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, Santa will be on a Hauser fire truck in that community to collect food items for the food bank during times to be determined.

Veterans honored during the holidays

COEUR d'ALENE - The Civil Air Patrol Coeur d'Alene Composite Squadron will honor veterans Saturday as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

A ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.

Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 500 participating locations all across the country.

Information: Lt. Tony Woltz, (208) 772-2531

Sheriff's wife files claim with county

LEWISTON (AP) - The wife of the Nez Perce County sheriff has filed an insurance claim with the county for damage she says was done when Sheriff Dale Buttrey backed into her car with his patrol car.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Brenda Buttrey filed a claim last week for $765.30 in damages.

No one was injured in the accident, which happened at their house in rural Kendrick.

The claim has been turned over to the county's insurance carrier.

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