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
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!