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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:04AM
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Community Easter Egg Hunts return to Lake Placid this weekend in a very big way. There will be two egg hunts Saturday — one at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field and sponsored by The Ministry Center, and a second at Placid Lakes Baptist Church.

This is the first year for The Ministry Center to host an egg hunt. Placid Lakes Baptist hosted its first egg hunt last year and attracted more than 500 children from the community. Huge crowds are expected at both events Saturday.

The egg hunt at the football field in uptown Lake Placid will get started at 11 a.m. and features 20,000 brightly colored plastic eggs stuffed with prizes; while the Placid Lakes celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and “Cookie” from Sweet Frog.

And if that weren’t enough to keep egg hunters busy, Placid Temple Church of God will host its Community Easter Egg Hunt next week on Saturday, April 19 with the promise of egg hunts, bounce houses, games and free hamburgers and hot dogs.

It’s a delight to see an emphasis on children’s activities at Easter. And it’s also a delight to know youngsters will get little lessons on the true meaning of Easter by attending the church-sponsored egg hunts.

The Lake Placid Journal hosted Lake Placid’s Community Easter Egg Hunt for more than 30 years. The event then became a function of the Lake Placid Merchants Association until that group disbanded. There was no Easter Egg Hunt in Lake Placid for one year before Placid Lakes Baptist stepped forward to fill the void.

This year there are several choices for youngsters and their parents. We will attend all three with camera in hand to capture the fun to share with readers. We hope you’re there, too, to help make these events that much more special.

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Heavy clouds of smoke were evident over the western end of Lake June-In-Winter early this week. A fire blazed across more than 100 acres of woods — but there was no cause for alarm. The fire was a prescribed burn conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at its Lake June-In-Winter Scrub State Park on Daffodil Road, Lake Placid.

When the ashes have cooled, the prescribed burn “will have replicated natural fire cycles that restore and maintain healthy forests and natural communities, reduced undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increasd in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.”

No, I didn’t know all that. Park manager Brian Pinson is the expert and he says the fire was well-controlled. Prescribed fires are only conducted when weather parameters are suitable. The final decision to burn is made daily.

Pinson said fire crews from Higlands Hammock State Park will be conducting prescribed burns into the late spring and early summer this year, weather permitting. The columns of smoke rising into the sky could become familiar as park managers help Mother Nature maintain the right balances in the wild.