HUNDREDS OF little Easter revelers gathered on the fields of Crofton Elementary School Saturday morning for Crofton Civic Association's annual Easter egg hunt. The hunt was scheduled for noon, but the children and their families gathered much earlier. By 11: 30 a.m., the lines were long. Winter caps were more common than Easter bonnets, but the atmosphere was festive, with the Easter bunny parading around, children running and all those eggs just waiting to be found.
Finally, at noon, the horn sounded. Hordes of hunters streamed across the field and into the woods. Sheer bedlam! Then, slowly, the crowd started to break up as one child after another had packed six eggs into each basket.
Six-year-old Michael Woytko took some quiet time with his mom to check out the contents of the colorful plastic eggs. Michael was delighted with his Tootsie Rolls and Easter Bunny erasers. Five-year-olds Allison Chambers and Madison Scheidt sat on the ground, prowling through their baskets and exclaiming over the goodies.
One of the happiest people was Albert Finocchiario, who helped guide people to the right fields for their age groups.
Albert is a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. This past week was spring break, the classic time for freedom and fun. Albert heard about the egg hunt and decided he would like to help make it successful. He spent hours filling plastic eggs for the hunt. Then, he helped a crew of workers clean up debris in the woods and fields so that the children would be safe while hunting.
On Saturday morning, Albert seemed to be everywhere, helping children and their parents with a smile.
Many people volunteered to make the egg hunt a success. They are all busy people with lots of things they could have been doing. But because they, like Albert, decided to help out, hundreds of little children enjoyed an Easter adventure.
Holy Week Services
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church will hold several services for Holy Week: At 7: 30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, the parish will remember the final days of Jesus' life with a service of Holy Communion, climaxing with the stripping of the altar.
At 7: 30 p.m. on Good Friday, a Tenebrae Service of Shadows will be held. Readings, hymns and presentation of a rough-hewn cross will be accompanied by the gradual elimination of light until the congregation sits in darkness, symbolizing Jesus' death.
At 9: 30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, a Resurrection service will be held, followed by a fellowship.
The church is on Route 175 in Severn, next to the Provinces Library in Severn Square Shopping Center. Information: 410-551-6325.
Honor Society induction
On Friday, 37 members were inducted into the Studemus Chapter of the National Honor Society at Arundel High School. The speaker was lawyer Karin Hoppmann, an alumna of Arundel and former NHS member. She discussed the importance of the honor society, its ideals and how they apply to her career.
NHS members were selected for their academic achievement, their character and service to the school and community.
New NHS members are Eun Ahn, Wilhelm Burger, Bonny Busch, Laura Crispin, Jonathan Dahl, Tom Dorsey, Elizabeth Farr, Jennifer Gardner, Mark Gorman, Heather Hanson, Wesley Hurst, David Kitchin, Christine Kousin, Jennifer Lee, Christina Renoud, Verity Rowell, Karim Said, Angela Solly, Gwen Thorson.
Also, Heather Wake, Laura Adcock, Michael Barsa, Brett Bujac, Domenick Chiddo, Shaunte Edmonds, Michael Gagne, Sylvester Gaskin, Gregrory Klinger, Sara Marnell, Bradley McGowan, Rachel Newman, Sarah Sayani, Matthew Tribett, Mark Tribett, Thomas Ryan, Kristopher Weinhold and Joanna Woronkowicz.