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Kudos to Lake Shore police chief

Every February or March, Steve Sundstrom, chief of police for the city of Lake Shore, starts thinking about Easter. Easter can be a holiday that sneaks up on you since the dates change every year, but not for Steve! Every Easter since 2004, Steve...

Lake Shore police chief Steve Sundstrom welcomes children to the city's annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 26, at Fritz Loven Park. Submitted Photo
Lake Shore police chief Steve Sundstrom welcomes children to the city's annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 26, at Fritz Loven Park. Submitted Photo

Every February or March, Steve Sundstrom, chief of police for the city of Lake Shore, starts thinking about Easter.

Easter can be a holiday that sneaks up on you since the dates change every year, but not for Steve! Every Easter since 2004, Steve plans an Easter egg hunt for the city of Lake Shore that is held in the city's Fritz Loven Park.

Steve approaches local businesses for donations then sets about getting his supplies. This year, Steve purchased 5,000 plastic eggs, candy and $450 in coins to fill them. Then he recruits his team to painstakingly stuff the eggs and count them out into bins. Trust me, this is a very time-consuming job!

The Saturday before Easter, Fritz Loven Park is turned into a giant Easter egg hunt. The park is divided into three sections based on easy, medium and challenging egg hunting skills. The volunteers hide equal numbers of eggs in each section and wait for the kids to show up.

Steve is very conscious of making sure that the hunt is fair for everyone, figuring out how many kids are in each age range/section and telling them how many eggs they can find. This year, each egg hunter could find 12 eggs. After everyone in that section found 12, then they could go back out and hunt for whatever they could find.

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This year, the weather cooperated, but it hasn't always been that easy. One year, there was so much snow that the eggs were divided up into paper bags and each child was handed a bag of eggs when they arrived.

One year, the banks of Stony Brook creek overflowed, turning the park into a huge mud puddle and limiting the area for hunting eggs.

The city of Lake Shore is very fortunate to have Chief Steve organizing this huge event. He has carried on a tradition started in 1998 by John Bukovich, who was the chief of police at that time. It is covered by donations with no money from the city of Lake Shore's budget used.

It is nice to see the residents of Lake Shore bring their children and grandchildren each year to participate. This year, there were approximately 250 kids who participated in the Easter egg hunt - it just keeps getting better!

As the mayor of Lake Shore, I want to say a huge thank you to Chief Steve!

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