The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club held its Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 7 at Genoa Veterans Park. This year, 159 youngsters participated in the hunt.
Easter eggs with prizes were collected by all children, and those kids finding specially marked gold eggs received Easter baskets. A Grand Prize Easter Basket Drawing was also held.
Ages 1-2: Sidney Schumacher, Aleeyah Dunn, Jillian Widmer, Tyler Schultz and Nick Plantz;
Ages 3-4: Aidyn Mims, Ava Houghtaling, Michael Harris III, Adam Schumacher, Makayla Magrum and Leah Beard;
Age 5 and kindergarten: Rachel Beard, Ryan Rasmussen, Alejandro Munou, Luke Schimmoeller, Aidan Tanner and Rebekah Henning;
First Grade: Haleigh Ruch, Gavriela Lopez, Ty Yard, Jackson Everett, Cole Kwithowski and Ross Dufendock;
Second grade: Grant Smith, Connor McNutt, Kyleigh Derr, Keana Snyder, Skylar Ju and Zach Miller;
Third grade: Jacob Lehsten, Aliza Munoz, Mercedes Ruiz, Fischer Bertok, Colton Gyuras and Liam Mazur.
Aleeyah Dunn won the grand prize basket from the raffle ticket drawing.
Fifteen members of the Genoa Area High School Key Club with Kiwanis Advisor Deanna Dunn helped with hiding the eggs and coordination of the event.
Volunteer of the Year
Gene LaHote was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for his service to Toledo’s Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.
LaHote volunteers as a van driver, transporting veterans to their medical appointments. He has been volunteering for 14 years, accumulating more than 1,900 hours of service.
He has also volunteered for the Special Olympics and at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital in Oregon. In 2008, he was recognized as the United Transportation Union’s Volunteer of the Year.
LaHote, who is retired from Conrail, lives in Oregon with his wife, Betty.