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Easter Bunny making appearance today at Massena Community Center

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MASSENA - Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers have been egg-stremely busy this week.

Chamber Director Kathleen Kelly-Ori said they’ve assembled 1,200 plastic Easter eggs containing prizes, candy “and all kinds of good stuff.” Those will be used for today’s eighth annual Easter egg hunt, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Massena Community Center.

“Volunteers helped put them together. Tomorrow we’re going to have other volunteers doing the crafts,” she said Friday.

It wouldn’t be an Easter egg hunt without an appearance by the Easter Bunny, and today is no exception.

“The Easter Bunny will be there with lots of candy,” Ms. Kelly-Ori said.

Joining the Easter bunny will be Dr. Care Bear from Massena Memorial Hospital, who will be spreading the word about healthy lifestyles for younger people, and “Flavor the Cow,” the mascot from Stewart’s Shops.

“Stewart’s has generously given us hot dogs and buns, so the kids will be receiving a hot dog and a juice box,” she said.

There will also be a variety of crafts and games with prizes.

Chamber officials had hoped to hold an Easter egg hunt on the back lawn of the Massena Community Center. But Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperative enough to allow them to do that.

“Penny (Pullmain, chamber associate director) went by. It still has snow on it, and it’s still pretty muddy. We’d like to make it a safe event for the kids and a clean event obviously, so we’ll move it indoors. I don’t think it will detract at all. They’ll still have a great time,” Ms. Kelly-Ori said.

The Easter egg hunt, which is open to children 12 and under, had previously been a joint venture between the chamber and the Massena Kiwanis Club, which has since closed its doors.

“They handed it off to us. We had partnered with them for years on it. We took the torch because we didn’t want the kids to be disappointed. Kids count on this stuff,” she said.

This year’s sponsors include Massena Memorial Hospital, Kids Korner, Dr. David Zysik, Dr. Carl Scruggs, Zysik Dental, North Country Adult Medicine and Arby’s, which is providing prizes to all of the children.

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