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Massena Chamber of Commerce scouting locations for Easter Egg Hunt

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MASSENA - Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce officials are looking for a new site for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt.

The event is normally held on a Saturday at the Massena Community Center, but Associate Director Penny Pullmain said that facility is unavailable on March, 29 and April 5 and 12 because of senior citizens dances those evenings.

“We usually try to get it before the kids head out on break,” she told members of the chamber’s Board of Directors.

Spring break this year runs from April 14 to 21.

“Ideally we’d like to do the fifth (of April) at the community center, but it’s not available,” chamber board President Miriam S. Catapano said.

Board member Jill Winters wondered if they might be able to use one of the Massena Central schools, an option they were going to explore.

Mayor James F. Hidy also suggested there might still be a way to use the community center. He told Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray that a few town and village employees could pitch after the Easter Egg Hunt to set up the room at the community center for that evening’s dance.

Another option, according to Ms. Pullmain, is to hold the Easter Egg Hunt at Springs Park. The drawback to that would be the potential for bad weather the day of the event, which includes crafts and an Easter Egg hunt on the grounds.

“We can see if we can get the Community Center on a Sunday as a rain date,” she said.

Chamber officials are also working on plans for their annual dinner, which will be held April 3 at the Knights of Columbus, and the annual Heritage Festival, scheduled for June 7 at the Massena Arena. The Heritage Festival always schedled for the first Saturday in June.

Ms. Pullmain said they’ve already started receiving calls from vendors interested in participating in the Heritage Festival, wondering about prices for the booths, and she said they need to get a committee started on the event preparations.

“We are typically very full. The sooner we get it out there the better,” she said.

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