Easter abounds with blessings

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Blue Ridge’s Erin Perry, Casey Purdum, Jason Gunn, Rebekah Bayle, Katherine Kempa and Adam Liepinis pack up Bountiful Blessings Easter dinners on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

Bountiful Blessings, a county-wide Easter outreach program, will help nearly 400 families enjoyed the spring holiday a bit more.
The annual program is now in its eighth year, said Carol Lasher, who was coordinating packing efforts on Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose.
The dinner packages will be distributed Wednesday at the Salvation Army in Forest City; Christ Church in Susquehanna; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Milford; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose.
Of the outreach effort, Lasher said, “It’s a little less than last year.
Area churches and school districts help out with the collection efforts.
Churches donate boxes of mashed potatoes for the dinners; and schools collect canned fruits and vegetables.
Blue Ridge Leo Club advisor Kristen Hinkley said about 800 cans of vegetables were collected at Blue Ridge.
Student members of the Blue Ridge Leo Club, along with Elk Lake Key Club members were on-hand Tuesday morning to pack the dinner bags. And Montrose students will be working during the distribution day.
In addition the canned goods and potatoes, Price Chopper donates loaves of bread.
And Easter hams are purchased with donations that come to help the program. Lasher said this year, cost of the hams was over $3,000.
“We’re always blessed to have enough to go around,” she said.
Any extra food donations go to the local food banks. “So nothing is wasted,” Lasher said.
In addition to Bountiful Blessings at work in the area, other Easter holiday activities and services are also on tap this weekend:

Blue Ridge’s Erin Perry, Casey Purdum, Jason Gunn, Rebekah Bayle, Katherine Kempa and Adam Liepinis pack up Bountiful Blessings Easter dinners on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Olivia Vosburg of Elk Lake, and Brian Liepinis of Blue Ridge prepare Bountiful Blessing Easter dinner bags for distribution. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Easter egg hunts:
Saturday, March 30 – Easter egg hunt, located at Fern Hall Inn on Route 247, in Clifford, at 2 p.m., is free to the public, with donations accepted for Make-A-Wish®.
Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m., Holy Name of Mary Church, 278 South Main St., Montrose.
Easter Extravaganza, 11 a.m., Loft Ministries, Great Bend, features an egg hunt, prizes, entertainment, free food and is open for walking toddlers through fourth graders.
Old Mill Village will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m., sharp. The Village is located on Rt. 848, New Milford.
And a different type of egg hunt will get underway at 2:30 p.m. at Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary, on Rt. 29, Dimock. Search the vernal pools to find spotted salamander and wood frogs in the temporary ponds created by snow melt.
Easter services are also planned for this weekend:
On Saturday, March 30, an Easter Vigil service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Main St., New Milford.
Easter worship services will be held at 8 p.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose.
On Sunday, March 31, Easter worship services will be held at the Holy Name of Mary Church at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The Susquehanna United Methodist Church will held a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. followed by a breakfast. Regular services will be held at 9:45 a.m. in North Jackson and 11 a.m. in Susquehanna.
Franklin Hill Presbyterian will hold Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m. at White’s, followed by a breakfast at 8 a.m. at the community building. Easter services in the church will be held atr 9:30 a.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford, will hold Easter worship service at 11 a.m.
Bridgewater Baptist Church will hold Easter Services at 8 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference; a breakfast follows at 7:15 a.m.
Bridgewater Baptist Church-Hallstead will hold Easter services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at its Hallstead location at the American Legion, New York Ave., Hallstead.