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Easter Egg Hunt 201???????

Following established tradition, children in Port Stanley engaged in a frenzied hunt for eggs - of the Easter variety and chocolate kind, that is - in the brilliant sunshine and mild temperatures of Saturday April 19, 2014.

Stanley Rabbit was filling in for Peter today, who was off nursing a sore foot after stepping on a thorn. Peter has to be ready for the big day tomorrow so his mother thought it best to put Peter on the DL today and send Stanley instead. Stanley was thrilled because he just loves leading the Easter Parade in Port Stanley and Peter doesn't let him do it very often.

So Stanley Rabbit, representatives from the Port Stanley Community Policing hosts for the parade and Easter Egg Hunt, the children and their parents and grandparents all met at the Port Stanley Library at 10:30 a.m. to parade across the lift bridge to the Port Stanley Legion Cenotaph Park. When they got to the park they found it entirely roped off with yellow crime scene tape by the Elgin Count Detachment of the OPP. What was this Had a crime occurred?

Yes, indeed a crime had occurred. Someone had sneaked into the park and replaced all the chocolate eggs with brightly painted rocks! The children took it in stride. "This happens every year," one little boy informed me. Each year the OPP rely on the kids to find all the rocks in the hopes of finding a clue as to who took the chocolate eggs.

When all the rocks have been collected the kids turn them in to the Port Stanley Community Policing members to be scanned for clues. For every rock that contains a clue, the children are given a bag of chocolate eggs to replace the stolen ones. It must be something to do with the magic of Easter because each child always seems to have exactly one rock that contains a clue, so every child gets exactly one bag of chocolate Easter eggs.

After the hunt many of the children get their fingerprints done by the OPP and help compare them to the fingerprints on the clue rocks; but to date, despite years of testing, after all these years the culprit who snitches the eggs has never been caught. Maybe he gets away on the Easter Bunny Port Stanley Terminal Rail Train following the hunt in the park. Easter Bunny trains run tomorrow, as well, so keep you eyes on your chocolate eggs in case the egg snitch is on board that train. Happy Easter!

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