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  • Staff Photo by GRANT MORRIS


    Jenn Thornton helps her son Jack crack open plastic eggs he picked up during Saturday morning's Easter Egg Hunt in Merrimack at Wasserman Park.
  • Staff Photo by GRANT MORRIS


    Alana Tobin picks up what could have been the last Easter Egg left unfound during a Easter Egg hunt at Wasserman Park in Merrimack, Saturday morning.
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    Riley Tremblay grabs an Easter Egg close to where children were allowed to start from during Saturday's Wasserman Park Easter Egg Hunt in Merrimack.
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    Rachel Yasevich wears a pair of bunny ears prior to the start of Saturday's Wasserman Park Easter Egg Hunt in Merrimack.
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    Children are kept at bat with the help of a piece of tap before the start of Saturday morning's Wasserman Park Easter Egg Hunt in Merrimack.
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    Cooper Cote cherry picks a lone Easter Egg off of the seat of a swing during the Brookline Woman's Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School in Brookline.
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    The Easter Bunny is seen through a line of people waiting to have their chance to sit on his lap during the Brookline Woman's Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School in Brookline.
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    Samantha Prokop admires a pink Easter Egg before placing it in a basket held by her mother, Amy during the Brookline Woman's Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School in Brookline.
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    Easter Eggs are delicately stuck in the trunk of a tree during the Brookline Woman's Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School in Brookline.
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    Jenna Russell hugs Julie Bajenaru before the start of the Brookline Woman's Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School in Brookline.
Sunday, April 1, 2012

Local Easter egg hunters on the prowl this week

MERRIMACK – Even if you didn’t come out with a winning Mega Millions ticket this weekend, there are still plenty of ways to get the thrill of the treasure hunt in New Hampshire this week.

With Easter approaching April 8, hundreds of Granite Staters will be out searching for eggs of every color this weekend and next.

From Bedford to Brookline, kids of all ages will be looking left and right, up and down for the brightly colored shells. You just have to know where to start.

On Saturday , Bedford hunters searched for eggs at the 13,000-square-foot NH Sportsplex for a good cause: to benefit the Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Batten Disease, a neurodegenerative disease afflicting 8-year-old Bedford resident Nicholas Dainiak.

In Merrimack, the Parks & Recreation department held the town’s 20th annual egg hunt at Wasserman Park, as dozens of children busily scooped and cracked eggs, looking for treats and tickets for prizes.

The Brookline Women’s Club sponsored its annual egg hunt at Richard Maghakian Memorial School, where children visited with the Easter Bunny and collected armfuls of eggs. Donations went toward the Women’s Club’s annual scholarship, awarded to a graduating high school senior.

The Litchfield Women’s Club followed a similar suit, with an Easter Bunny Breakfast at Litchfield Middle School, and Windham also held a hunt for children at Town Hall, followed by Easter Bunny photos and some goodies and crafts at Windham Presbyterian Church.

If you missed out this weekend, though, there’s plenty of places to find eggs in the week to come.

On April 6, Benson Park will play host to its annual Easter egg hunt at the amphitheater field in Hudson. The search begins at 6 p.m. for kids grades 1 and younger, and grades 2-5 will join in on the fun at 6:30 p.m.

On April 7, the Easter Bunny himself will join hunters and gatherers in Milford from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Keyes Park. Families are encouraged to snap photos with Peter Cottontail and to participate in a variety of fun-filled activities, including a jelly bean guess, chalk coloring, “bunny hop” sack races and egg races. Toddlers will kick off the egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. at the Keyes Park tennis court, followed by Pre-K through first-graders at the playground at 11:30 a.m., and second- through fourth-graders at the soccer field at 11:45 a.m. In case of rain, the hunt will be held at the Town Hall Auditorium. Hunters should bring their own basket.

Wilton also holds its Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 7 at 1 p.m. at Second Congregational Church.

In Nashua, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will host a musical dramatization called “Savior of the World” at 7 p.m. April 6-7. Evergreen Cemetery also will hold a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday.

On April 8, at Merrimack’s Church at The Intersection, a continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. followed by a special Easter Celebration church service at 9 a.m. An egg hunt for children ages 2-11 will begin immediately after service at 10 a.m. Registration for the egg hunt will take place after breakfast. Meet at the Cinemagic Theater at 11 Executive Drive.