Community Egg Hunts Thrill Local Youth

Saturday was the Annual Easter Egg hunt at the Calais Fire Station. Eggs with numbers were hidden all around the station. See more photos on page 2 and 25. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Lura Jackson


The grass isn’t quite green and the flowers haven’t emerged yet, but colors abounded across area fields and yards over the weekend as families hid and sought brightly colored Easter eggs in the holiday’s tradition. Those who didn’t get their fill from their family’s egg hunts had alternatives to enjoy thanks to the events held by Calais Fire-EMS, the Woodland Recreation Department and Dunkin Donuts.

At the Calais Fire-EMS event on Saturday, all of the youth that participated were assigned a personal number. They then had to find four eggs with that number on it to receive a prize – followed by the important task of re-hiding the eggs for the next participant. The eggs were hidden all over the truck bay at the station, giving children the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of the big trucks. Once they had their eggs and prize secured, everyone that came had the opportunity to do a photo with the Easter bunny.

The youth of Baileyville and it neighboring communities, meanwhile, had their own festivities to enjoy at Woodland Elementary School during the 32nd annual egg hunt on Saturday sponsored by the Woodland Recreation Department. More than 1,500 plastic eggs were hidden around the elementary school grounds for children to discover, each of which contained a piece of candy. For each of the three age brackets, a special golden egg was “hidden a lot better than all of the other eggs,” shared Michael Boies, Recreation Department Director. Each lucky participant that found the egg was gifted with a stuffed bunny. The event was a great success with over 130 children and adults in attendance. “This year’s Easter egg hunt was one of best the Recreation Department has had,” Boies said. “Everything went very smoothly. Everybody enjoyed themselves, finding eggs, taking pictures, and enjoying the weather, and there were no complaints.”

The Easter bunny made its third appearance on Sunday during Dunkin Donuts’ second annual egg hunt in Triangle Park. The cloudy skies and wind didn’t deter scores of children and their parents from coming out to scour around the park in search of plastic eggs containing candy or the rare golden eggs containing prizes. For the Dunkin Donuts event, a total of six golden eggs were hidden. Two big golden eggs were each worth a $15 gift card to Dunkin Donuts, while each of the smaller ones were worth $5.

Dunkin Donuts Manager John Cowell summarized the event with sentiments shared by each of the organizers of the respective egg hunts. “I feel that it was a huge success and it really makes us feel good about doing positive events like this, because we care about our community.”