First Posted: 3/18/2013
The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Businesses Association promotions committee is holding its fifth annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. on a Wilkes-Barre fire engine. Children ages 10 and younger will be able to gather some of the more than 5,000 prize- and candy-filled eggs. Prizes include bicycles, baskets and other gifts donated by downtown businesses. The Easter Bunny will remain to take photos with children after the hunt. Parking is available in the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center lot on Pennsylvania Avenue. Other activities will be held throughout the day at participating downtown businesses. Events include story time, featuring the Easter Bunny, at Barnes and Noble at 11 a.m.; a puppet show and crafts at the Osterhout Free Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and a face painter and balloon artist in Midtown Village. Members of the event planning committee, from left, first row: Michelle Wise, Dunkin Donuts; Lori Rinehimer, Pennstar Bank; Samantha Bovolick, Anthracite Newsstand; Nancy Valunas; John Maday, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber (Easter Bunny); Beverly Johnson (the Little Chick); Gretchen Sevison, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA; Pat Parks, Downtown Residents Association; John Chaump, Barnes and Noble Wilkes-King’s; and Bridget Giunta Husted, Wilkes University. Second row: Patty Butler, Butler Eyecare; Steve Husted; Frank Pasquini; and Louise McCabe, Boscov’s Travel. Other committee members are Donald Armstrong, Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis; April Davies, Sallie Mae; Janet Hall, Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mary Prescott, Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald; and Amanda Salvo, Hilton Garden Inn.