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FILE PHOTO Hannah Sivahop grabs some eggs at last year’s egg hunt in Pittston.

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FILE PHOTO Children rush to pick up eggs at Queen of the Apostle Parish’s Easter egg hunt at Kiesinger Funeral Home in Duryea.

Easter’s on its way and Peter Cottontail has stops planned throughout the Pittston area for egg hunts and Easter fun hosted by community organizations.

“It’s a way to give a little back to the community,” said Germania Hose Company firefighter Joe Velehoski.

The Duryea hose company has its third annual egg hunt slated for April 20, the Saturday before the Easter holiday, at the hose company at 430 Foote Ave.

The egg hunt will feature holiday staple like photos with the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt for ages 12 and under. Velehoski said the event is free for the community and the department also will provide hot dogs and drinks for attendees.

“We register from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.,” he said. “Then we divide the kids into three age groups and each age group gets its own time to get eggs. We let the youngest go first.”

Velehoski said the department hasn’t decided what prizes to hide in the eggs yet — outside donors from the community will dictate that.

“We have a lot of outside help that supports the Easter egg hunt,” he said. “Just a few private residents that help out by buying supplies and setting up, no corporate donors.”

Velehoski said the egg hunt has hosted about 300 kids in the past two years, so he expects a similar crowd.

Also in Pittston, Second Presbyterian Church will host its annual egg hunt Saturday, April 13. Doors will open at 10:50 a.m. with the egg hunt beginning promptly at 11. The first 50 children to arrive will get to participate in the hunt, which will feature games, snacks, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

The Excelsior Hose Company of Duryea also has planned a Bunny Breakfast for Saturday, April 13, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Hall on Stephenson Street. Seatings will take place at 9 and 11 a.m. and tickets can be purchased in advance on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hose company on Foote Avenue or from any company member. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children with children under 2 being admitted for free.

In West Pittston, Trinity Episcopal Church will host its annual Breakfast with the Bunny and egg hunt on Saturday, April 13. Contact the church for information. The following weekend, West Pittston’s Corpus Christi Parish will hold its egg hunt at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church.

The next day, Sunday, April 14, Jenkins Twp. will host its Easter party and egg hunt at Spadi Park from 2 to 3 p.m. The Easter Bunny plans to stop by for photos, as well.

Pittston Area Middle School families can also participate in an EGGstravaganza event at Skateaway roller rink in Wilkes-Barre from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $5 per person, and skate rental at the rink costs $2. The fundraising event will feature an egg hunt and raffle baskets.

Pittston Twp. will host a children’s Easter party Saturday, April 6, at St. Joseph Marello Parish Hall from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. After the party, children can go to Tony Attardo Park on Bryden Street for an egg hunt planned from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

In Wyoming, Super Bounce in the Midway Shopping Center will host a free egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, outside the business. The event will feature the egg hunt, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny and dancing. Wyoming police vehicles and fire trucks will be stationed in front of the business for children to see.

Also Saturday, April 20, in Hughestown, the Lions Club will host an egg hunt at noon at the pavilion near the borough building, 42 Center St., and Wyoming will have its hunt at Flack Field at 11 a.m. for children 12 and younger.

Queen of the Apostles Parish in Avoca will host its annual egg hunt in memory of Pat Shotwell this year. The hunt will be held at Kiesinger Funeral Home, 225 McAlpine St., Duryea, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20. To register for this event, call the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Robin Kiesinger at 570-862-5462 and leave the names of the children attending. When registering, indicate any peanut allergies.

Dupont also will have its annual egg hunt Saturday, April 20, when the Lions Club hosts the annual event at the Little League Field starting at 1 p.m. It is open to children 10 and younger. The event is broken down into age groups: 0-3, 4-7 and 8-10. One girl’s bike and one boy’s bike will be awarded in each age group. More than 500 goodie bags will litter the Little League, field with an egg indicating a prize. Each child will then be able to pick out an a Easter basket and or toy prize

The egg hunt is a return trip to Dupont for the Easter Bunny, as he will visit Holy Mother of Sorrows Church on Palm Sunday, April 14, to have breakfast with the children in the parish hall following the 9 a.m. Mass. Donation for the breakfast is $5 for adults. Children eat for free.

As the Germania Hose Company puts the final touches on their egg hunt, Velehoski looked forward to providing a day of fun for the children of Duryea and the rest of the area.

“It’s nice to see the kids enjoy themselves,” he said.

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