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Many Bend neighborhoods will hear the familiar sound of a fire truck parading thorough their neighborhoods next week as the 15th annual Santa Express will be out collecting food, toys and clothing for the Salvation Army.  Bend Fire's Dan Derlacki says last years effort was pretty successful, but they want to beat it this year. "Last year we provided the Salvation Army with nearly 7200 pounds of food to help feed nearly 1500 people. So we have 2 facets. One, we come driving through the neighborhoods, Monday through Thursday, December 6 through the 9th, through several neighborhoods here in the Bend area collecting food and toys; or we have some static drop off points: at fire stations, Salvation Army, the Starbucks, Central Oregon Community College or Bend Memorial Clinics."Derlacki says they will begin on Monday in the Morning Star and Wishing Well neighborhoods. They are asking for staple food donations as well as toys and gently used clothing for the Salvation Army to distribute this holiday season. You can go to the Bend Fire web site to find the list of when they will visit various the neighborhoods. We have a link on our links page.

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  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.