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Easter-Themed Program Opener Draws Crowd

You can almost hear the squals, as three girls compete Saturday in Lower Pottsgrove's bunny hop sack races at Gerald Richards Park.

You can almost hear the squeals, as several girls competed Saturday in Lower Pottsgrove's bunny hop sack races at Gerald Richards Park.

Kaitlyn Fanus, age 5.

Kaitlyn Fanus, age 5.

SANATOGA PA – When her race had been run Saturday (March 28, 2009) and her smiling mother finally caught up to her, Kaitlyn Fanus was huffing and puffing slightly, like a tired rabbit that had just scooted across a lawn. Which she was, sort of.

Fanus, age 5, the daughter of Don and Rayanne Fanus of North Valley Road, Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township, was one of dozens of children to compete during the weekend in the municipality’s annual spring egg hunt and bunny hop sack races at Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road. The event was sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Board, and attracted about 200 kids of all ages and their accompanying adults.

Kaitlyn made some huge hops in her race, grinning ear-to-ear as she moved down the 20-foot-long course, her blond hair flying behind her. At the end, her cheeks were flushed as pink as the outfit she wore, and she finished only third in her heat. But township employee Jennifer Corley, who was among several supervising the activities, gave her a round of applause and a pat on the head that made her feel like a winner nonetheless.

Saturday morning’s skies were gray and gloomy. A light overnight rain had covered fields where the races and hunt were held with a layer of wetness that created a chill. Hooded sweatshirts and spring jackets were the order of the day, and here and there adults sported umbrellas.

Jacob Slanker, eager for his chance at the eggs.

Jacob Slanker, eager for his chance.

The children, however, concentrated less on the wet grass than on what lay atop it: hundreds of brightly colored hollow plastic eggs, just waiting to be scooped up in the egg hunt. All carried candy treats or surprises inside, many of which were donated by Paul Kennedy of SK Advertising in Pottstown, the township announced.

Sections of the fields were roped off, and to ensure everyone had a fair chance at the goodies only children in certain age ranges were allowed to hunt for eggs within specific sections. Jacob Slanker, age 5, the son of Shawn Slanker of Augusta Drive, could hardly wait for his opportunity. “I’m gonna get that one,” he told his father, and pointed to an egg closest to the barrier. He carried a baseball-shaped cloth basket in which to hold his trophies.

The Easter-themed hunt and races marked the start of the township’s parks and recreation program schedule for 2009. It currently includes a series of seven musical concerts to be held Sundays from late June through mid-August at the bandshell in Sanatoga Park on South Sanatoga Road, with sponsorship from Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station. Also scheduled is a Halloween and Fall Festival for Oct. 25 (2009; Sunday), again at Sanatoga Park.

Desoite the damp weather, young and old alike turned out at the park.

Despite damp weather, a crowd turned out at the park for the fun.

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