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The Suburbanite
  • Easter Bunny hops into Springfield

  • Fields of brightly colored eggs teased the many children as they sat in the bleachers awaiting the arrival of the popular Easter Bunny at the annual Springfield Easter Egg Hunt held April 12 at the Schrop football field. The event is organized by the Springfield Police Department.
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  • Fields of brightly colored eggs teased the many children as they sat in the bleachers awaiting the arrival of the popular Easter Bunny at the annual Springfield Easter Egg Hunt held April 12 at the Schrop football field. The event is organized by the Springfield Police Department.
    Officer Dan Rafferty saw to it that the bunny was right on time so as not keep the excited children waiting any longer. Rafferty in his black-and-white police cruiser escorted the bunny, who came by train, standing on the front of the engine waving his paw.  
    Several hundred were on hand for the festivities and many helped to pull the big hunt together. It was one of the biggest crowds the bunny had ever seen gathered at the Schrop football field.
    Easter egg hunters lined the fields in their age groups, ready to go after the colored eggs that were loaded with sweets as well as other items
    Six golden held extra special prizes. Two golden eggs were tucked into the lawn for each age group and the prizes within contained certificates for large chocolate bunnies and $25 gift cards for Toys R Us personally donated by the each or the township trustees, Deborah Davis, Joe DiLauro and Dean Young.
    Lakemore United Methodist Church was on hand selling hot dogs, baked goods and other snacks to support its Summer Fun Program for the kids. The Parent Teacher group at Schrop had raffles for Easter baskets and sold hot chocolate, cotton candy and snacks.
    The Springfield High School cheerleaders and coach Terry Kyser were also there helping with face painting.
    Each year, the police department purchases the candy, but without the helping paws of Dick Lott, the Red Hatters and the long-time bunny friends at The Willows it wouldn’t come together. Those volunteers work to fill more than 5,000 eggs with candy treats.
    Newly appointed community policing officer Billie Laurenti thanked officer Perry Linaburg for starting the community police program and making events like this happen. She also thanked Chief John Smith for his support for programs so they can do programs like the Easter Egg Hunt for the community.
    Without those hearty volunteers that come out in the early morning to put those thousands of eggs in just the right places there would be no hunt.
    Laurenti thanked others that helped to make it happen, Fire Chief Vic Wincik and firemedic Kevin Atkinson, Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police, Sergeant Joe Gaffney and his son Patrick, Detective Joe Lombardi, the King family, Kellie Chapman, Richard Cole, Laura Ridenour, Nick Balentine and Springfield Sparkler Griffin Stickler for their participation. The train was donated by Voilture Legion Post 468.
    A good time was had by all and there was plenty of sweet treats for all those who participated in the hunt of the colored eggs.