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Kids scramble for eggs at Easter event

November 30, 1999|By MARIE GILBERT

Lois Atherton might be approaching 70, but she still enjoys a good Easter egg hunt.

Saturday morning was no exception.

"I'm no longer a participant," the Smithsburg resident said. "But I can have fun watching my grandchildren."

Despite temperamental weather, the Atherton family was among a large crowd of people who gathered on the front lawn of Hagerstown Community College for an egg hunt.

The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association.

About 1,500 plastic eggs filled with candy dotted the grounds and quickly were scooped up by the more than 150 children there.

Toting baskets and buckets, the youngsters were divided into three age groups ? infant to 4-year-olds; 5- to 8-year-olds; and 9- to 12-year-olds.

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Three lucky winners ? one from each age group ? received Easter baskets or gift certificates.

This is the first time the Student Government Association has hosted an egg hunt for the community, SGA President Ashley Staubs said.

"We try to do something different each year for area children," she said. "We helped out with a community egg hunt last year and had so much fun, we decided to host our own this year."

Staubs said the event was funded by the school.

"I only wish it would have been a prettier day," she said. "It's kind of dreary, but, hopefully, everyone will still have a good time."

A little bit of rain wasn't going to keep Hailie Wetzel 6, and Samantha Fender, 5, from participating in Saturday's egg hunt.

"I don't think I could have kept them away today," said their grandmother, Sandra Grosso of Hagerstown. "They've been very excited about this event all week."

Over the past few years, the girls have participated in Easter egg hunts, at both family and community events, she said.

"So they love this sort of thing," she said. "They'll have a good time, even with the rain."

Patti Wolfe said the weather had her thinking twice about bringing her two children ? Gracie, 5, and Amelia, 3.

"But the kids were so excited about coming, my husband and I didn't want to disappoint them," the Hagerstown resident said. "The ground is a little soggy and their feet are kind of muddy, but I don't think they even notice that. That's something that only parents worry about. They're too busy looking for eggs."

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