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GREATER PITTSTON PROGRESS FILE PHOTO Children charge the field at last year’s egg hunt at Germania Hose Company, Duryea.

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Pittston City Fire Chief James Rooney watched the weather this week as his department and other city officials prepared to host the Easter Bunny.

“Firefighters can do a lot of things, but we can’t control the weather,” he joked.

The fire department, Pittston City Police Department and Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance prepared to welcome the bunny this weekend for the city’s annual Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Jefferson Park in the city.

Rain or shine, Rooney said the departments would find a way to host the event as they have for more than 25 years.

“The egg hunt usually draws a big crowd,” Rooney said. “We had about 140 children last year.”

The city’s hunt is one of many planned in the area to celebrate Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 1, this year.

The Dupont Lions Club will hold its annual egg hunt for children 10 and younger at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Dupont Little League Field. Egg hunters will be divided into three age groups to find more than 450 goodie bags decorated by the students of Wyoming Area Catholic. Bicycles also will be awarded.

Also on March 31, Queen of the Apostles Parish in Avoca will host an egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Kiesinger Funeral Home.

Organizers ask that people bring their own basket and call 570-654-2429 ahead of time to register children who will participate in the hunt.

Germania Hose Company also has planned an egg hunt for March 31 for children 12 and younger. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the hose company with the hunt kicking off at 11 a.m.

Hughestown also will hold its Easter egg hunt March 31, starting at noon at the Hughestown Hose Company, 30 Center St. There will be activities for the kids, prizes and candy. Two bicycles also will be raffled off.

There’s still time to enjoy the Jenkins Twp. egg hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Spadi Park, for all children of the township 12 and younger. Toddlers can enjoy the toddler section and all children can bring a bag to collect candy and receive a prize. Participants also can meet the Easter Bunny at the event, which is sponsored by the Jenkins Twp. Recreational Board and Jenkins Twp. Lions Club.The egg hunt committee will accept canned goods and donations for the Pittston food pantry during the event.

Rooney said Pittston keeps the egg hunt tradition going for one main reason.

“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “We give back to the community as best we can and this really helps the kids.”

sscinto@pittstonprogress.com