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Westmoreland Park Egg Hunt just beats the rain

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Corinne Lax sits on the Easter Bunnys lap.With morning rain in the forecast, fewer families than usual made the annual trip to the south end of Westmoreland Park on Saturday, April 19, for the traditional Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood association, SMILE, and run by the local Lions Club.

Those who arrived early, and saw no foil wrapped eggs on the grass, looked concerned that perhaps the event had been cancelled. Not at all!

At 9:45 am, more than a dozen members of the Oaks Bottom Lions Club grabbed buckets full of candy eggs and quickly “seeded” the four age-designated areas with brightly colored candy.

“We’re glad to help with this every year,” smiled Oaks Bottom Lions Club President Gary Hottel. “We do it to provide a community service. And, it’s also good because it exposes everyone to the Lions Club – a community service organization.”

At 10 am sharp, the “hunt” was on. And, as usual, nine minutes later, the park had been completely cleared of candy.

This year, the “tiny tots” area was marked off and at the far south end of the area. All of the kids came out with sizable quantity of chocolate.

As part of its sponsorship, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) purchased the cases of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs.

New Seasons Market provided fresh carrots, given out by the “Easter Bunny” – portrayed in costume by Joellen Sweeney, a Cleveland High alum who will graduating from Willamette University this year.

Happy kids, smiling parents, and delighted volunteers declared this year’s Sellwood Easter Egg Hunt a success. And moments after it was all over, the forecast sprinkles arrived at Westmoreland Park.