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Students install sidewalk after 'Santa' breaks leg

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Rod Clarke led a team of student volunteers determined to build a sidewalk after Brazil's Santa, Bill Beeler, fell and broke a leg the day after Christmas. The students (not in order) were Bill Wells, David Hayes, Ben Witt and Tim Holmes. Beeler can be seen on the porch.

When Brazil's Santa Claus, Rod Clarke's uncle by marriage, Bill Beeler, fell and broke his leg for the second time, Clarke said enough is enough.

Clarke along with a group of 17-year-olds from Northview High School layed out a new sidewalk for Beeler to prevent future falls.

Beeler broke his leg the day after Christmas this past year outside of his house. Before the concrete was poured Friday, Beeler, known to many around Clay County and outside as Santa Claus for the last 58 years, had to step off his back porch down into the grass and then back up onto his driveway.

"You're darn right I'm happy," Beeler said as the group worked on his new sidewalk.

"I've had all the broken legs I want," he said.

Bill Wells along with his friends David Hayes, Ben Witt and Tim Holmes were asked to donate their time to help Clarke with the task.

"He asked us and we wanted to help," Wells said.

Clarke said he was glad the four guys came out to help him. They get free Eddy's from this, "but they really wanted to help."

"It's a really nice opportunity for these kids to put their talents to use," Clarke said.

The concrete used was donated from H & H Ready Mix Concrete Corporation by the owners Bob and Cliff Romas, Clarke said.

Beeler plays Santa Claus during the Christmas season, "Mostly in Brazil. Brazil is always first because I ws born here and I was raised here. This is my hometown and I have to take care of it."

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