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MASSENA - Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce officials are hoping an early Easter doesn’t dampen their plans for an annual Easter egg hunt that they co-sponsor with the Massena Kiwanis Club.

Otherwise, they say, it may be hard to hide eggs for the children who attend the event to find.

“We put them in the back yard when it’s good weather,” chamber Executive Director Michael J. Gleason said. “Hopefully the snow will be gone, but no guarantees.”

Easter falls on March 31 this year, and the East egg hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Massena Community Center, 61 Beach St.

It’s open to children 12 and under and includes a visit by the Easter Bunny, games, crafts, prizes and snacks.

In the more immediate future, the chamber is getting set for its 81st annual dinner, scheduled for March 14 at the Knights of Columbus, 53 East Orvis St., Massena.

“This year’s annual dinner theme is ‘Massena Chamber - Your Community, Business and Information Center,” Mr. Gleason said.

The guest speaker will be Massena Memorial Hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd II, and the evening will also include entertainment, awards, live and silent auction and 50-50 raffle. The annual awards presented by the chamber include Volunteer of the Year, Gert Jurkovich - Commitment to the Community Award, Business Leadership Award, Board of Directors Award, Community Support Award and Business Longevity Awards.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce’s mission of supporting local businesses and providing community resources to all area residents.

June may be on the horizon, but events that month are also in the planning stages, according to Mr. gleason.

Those include 34th annual Heritage Festival, which will be held June 1. A parade that marches through downtown to the Massena Arena begins at 9 a.m., and the festival runs until 4 p.m.

Later in the month, the chamber will hold its 22nd annual golf tournament June 13 at the Massena Country Club.

“We moved it back, and it worked very well,” Mr. Gleason said. “It gave a couple of weeks for the course to dry out.”

He said they also have an opportunity to sell some of their inventory during the Aug. 8-11 Bass Masters Fishing Tournament in Waddington. Because of budget constraints, the chamber will not be opening their shop this year at the Eisenhower Lock. Inventory has been on sale at the chamber office on Church Street.

Mr. Gleason suggested that selling their inventory during the fishing tournament could be a big boost financially.

“It’s going to be huge, thousands of people,” he said.

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