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Traditional Easter egg hunt fulfills lifetime memories

May 2, 2019
By BARBARA C. BARRETT , The Luminary

HUGHESVILLE - Easter has become a big celebration with a traditional Easter egg hunt held each year on McConnell Drive in Hughesville. Two women, Judy Marquette and Leslie Umstead, have kept the event going for the past eight years by inviting all children, family and friends to come to a free Easter party in honor of their sons, Steve Harkins and Jamie Houseknecht plus "all our loved ones now in the arms of Jesus."

This message was announced to over 500 children by Umstead on a bright Saturday afternoon, April 21, 2019.

This day is important for them, and it took them many hours of planning and preparation.

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The Easter bunny hopped around Hughesville Saturday afternoon, April 20, on McConnell Parkway.

"We are all five years old today," they said before giving the okay signal for kids to gather the many filled and colorful eggs.

The event helps them get through a rough time, and the two women who share a common bond, are not only friends, but neighbors who willingly spend their time and efforts to put many smiles on many children's faces. For it was during the Easter season, they experienced such a loss of their own loved ones.

Over twenty thousand eggs were filled, and each child who registered received a gift basket. 35 boxes of Venice pizza were served for lunch with festive cupcakes, chips, drink boxes and everything that young children really like to eat. "We just have fun today. It's all about the kids," the ladies said.

A response from social media brought lots of help, volunteers and neighbors to assist with the event. Many donated water, candy, snacks, prizes, and more than anything, their time.

"It is a party celebration for children, and to bring joy to other kids," added Umstead who also said that she makes purchases after the season to get ready for the following year. "My attic is already full," she said.

 
 

 

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