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Present for Santa: A new hut
Roofers from Elite Roofing put a roof on Mantecas new Santa Hut. - photo by HIME ROMERO

One more Eagle Scout is expected to take flight soon with the completed construction of a new, mostly steel Santa’s House that will be used during the Christmas season at the corner of Yosemite Avenue and Main Street in downtown Manteca. 

The previous Santa Hut — part of a nearly half century Manteca holiday tradition — had dry rot, a  failing roof, and access issues.

Stan Luciano has had the help of another Scouting brother Josh Smith, 16, who is working on his own Eagle project with the refinishing of tables at Valley Academy in Stockton.  

Luciano has been working on  drafting plans and construction since June with the help of his dad Steve who works out of Concord and is involved in commercial construction in the Bay Area.  The studs and side walls of the house are all metal construction.

A team from Elite Roofing volunteered their time and materials Saturday. The five workers installed fireproof shingle material.

In addition to Elite Roofing other donations came from Great Western Building Materials of San Francisco and DEVCO Engineering in Oregon.

The building will be completed by mid-October and is to have wheels installed allowing it to be towed to the downtown intersection where children will once again be able to visit with Santa to share their Christmas wishes.