Santa Takes Gig As Construction Zone Flagger 12-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Santa Takes Gig As Construction Zone Flagger 12-22-2010

Before drivers get upset about getting held up in a local construction zone, remember Santa may be watching.
And in Mid-Michigan on Wednesday, he was.
WNEM TV5's Craig McMorris found one construction worker hoping to bring a little Christmas cheer to motorists.
Is it really jolly old St. Nick? Well, construction workers out at this job site on Sheridan Road in Saginaw County sure think so.
And they are glad to have him help out as a flagger to let motorists know when they can proceed through the work area.
"I was just dumbfounded,” said worker Dave Newcomb. “I [said], ‘Santa Claus, where's our presents?’”
It seems that Santa also moonlights to bring in some extra income. It's not cheap to feed those reindeer, you know! As for the cold weather, McMorris asked the man if he was warm enough. "Oh yeah, sweatin', actually," said Bob Sayan, who was dressed as Santa while flagging on the construction site.
A man who lives across the street from where Santa was flagging motorists said this is a double Christmas present for him, as crews are installing a new water line in to his house.
“Did it surprise you?” asked McMorris. “Yeah, quite a lot,” said Albee Township resident Carl Quackenbush. I thought he would be [busy at the North Pole] this time of year."
The project boss said he's delighted to have jolly old St. Nick on the job.
"Everybody's been cooperating,” said project foreman Wayne Wellman. “They've got to sit here for a few minutes, and at least they can visit with Santa while they are here."
"I think it's cool. [It] brings the spirit up for everybody, and everybody's happy," said Saginaw County resident Chris Stephens.
Father Christmas had a message as TV5 left him. "You guys all have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” said Santa. “Hope all [your] kids get what you want for Christmas."
The construction project Santa was working on is a new water line for some residents in Albee Township.
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