Santa Parade – Sunday, December 16th

The Walkersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue companies will be escorting Santa Claus through town on Sunday December 16th from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. As we did last year Santa will be visiting the Waterside and Dearbought communities.

Come on out and welcome Santa as he makes one final trip through town to see who has been naughty and nice!!! We look forward to seeing you!!!

NEW FOR 2019 – REAL TIME GPS. Check back to our site on Sunday, December 16th to watch Santa’s location LIVE!

– – approximate route- – – may change without notice . . .

Santa will visit each neighborhood but is unable to go down every street.

Parade will start at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company (79 W. Frederick St) at 1:30PM

Right onto Frederick St, right onto Rt 194, left onto Antietam Dr, right on Raleigh Rd, left onto Hickory Hill, left onto Antietam Dr, left onto Rt 194

Left onto Adventure Ave, right on Inspiration Ave, right on Discovery Blvd, left on Stauffer Rd, left onto Rt 194

Continue onto Rt 26, right onto Waterside Dr, right onto River Run Rd, left onto Waterside Dr

Across Rt 26 onto Sebastian Blvd, right onto Derrs Square W., left onto Wheyfield Dr, right onto Latham Dr

Right onto Rt 26, continue onto Rt 194

Left on Fountain Rock Rd, right on Creek Walk Dr, right on Biggs Ford Rd, left on George St, left on Glade Rd.

Right onto Bedrock Dr, right on Polaris Dr, left on Greenwich Dr, across Bedrock to left on Polaris Dr, right on Bedrock Dr, right on Glade Rd, right on Winter Brook Dr, right on Glade Rd

Right on Devilbiss Bridge Rd, cross Rt. 194 to Daysville Rd, right on Water Street Rd, right on Silver Crest Dr, left on Deer Run Dr to stop sign. Right and stay on Braeburn Dr to Deer Run Dr, left on Deer Run Dr. Cross Rt 194 to Daysville Ave.

Right onto Glade Ave, right on Albany Ave E., cross Farmingdale Ave onto Albany Ave W. Left on Highlander Blvd, left onto Burlington Ave, right onto Farmingdale Ave to right on Daysville Ave. Left on Highlander Blvd, Left on Glade Ave, left on Cramer Ave, left onto Sandstone Dr. Left onto Rt 194.

Right onto Challedon Dr, left on Glade Blvd, right onto Crum Rd, right on Wyndale Dr, left on Glade Blvd, left onto Rt 194.

Right on Frederick St, right on South Glade Rd, left on Pennsylvania Ave, left on Main St, right on Frederick St, right onto Fulton Ave, left on Pennsylvania Ave, left on Maple Ave, Right on Frederick St.

Right on Georgetown Rd, left on Hampton Pl, Left on Sherwood Dr, Right on Georgetown Rd, Right onto Frederick St back to Station 11.

Total time is approximately 2.0 hours to compete parade.

Therefore, it is not possible to give a specific time Santa will be in each neighborhood.

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Boating Safety Reminders from Walkersville Volunteer Rescue Company

Every year 7,000 to 9,000 people drown in the United States. Many drown in 8-10 feet of water and within 10 feet of safety. Do you know that most of these tragedies could be prevented?

Safe Boating Tips

No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe:

Be Weather-Wise
Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist
Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten.

Use Common Sense
One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas), staying alert at all times and steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn. Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.

Designate an Assistant Skipper
Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

Develop a Float Plan
Whether you choose to inform a family member or staff at your local marina, always be sure to let someone else know your float plan. This should include where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone.

A float plan can include the following information:
name, address, and phone number of trip leader
name and phone number of all passengers
boat type and registration information
trip itinerary
types of communication and signal equipment onboard, such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!

Avoid Alcohol
Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved and studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

Learn to Swim
If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area.

Take a Boating Course
Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course. Regardless of your individual state’s requirements, it’s always important to be educated and prepared for every circumstance that might arise. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.
Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. Free of charge, they’ll provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful boating safety tips and recommendations. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well.

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