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Little League Museum Slates Kid’s Day

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2005) – The 2005 Kid’s Day Scavenger Hunt that culminates Feb. 19 with family fun at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, South Williamsport, is under way.  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday, children accompanied by an adult have the opportunity to visit the museum at no cost.

Little League’s mascot Dugout, the Williamsport Crosscutters’ Rusty Roughcut and Elmo of “Sesame Street” will be among the celebrity visitors participating in story times. Story times are planned for 10 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m.

Cooking fun with Chef Hosh from Susquehanna Health System is set for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. Batting and pitching clinics are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m.

“The focus of Kid’s Day is to provide a fun, educational experience for local children,” Jacque Bell, senior account executive at SusCom and co-planner of the third annual event, said.

At least 16 agencies affiliated with children are to participate in the event.

Participants are non-profit groups and offer services that benefit children, co-planner Lori Strimple, marketing manager of Jersey Shore State Bank, explained.

“Since we started advertising the event, we have been receiving phone calls, especially about the scavenger hunt,” Strimple said.

The agencies include Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Lycoming County, Jersey Shore Hospital, James V. Brown Library, Williamsport Crosscutters, The Learning Center, Fresh Air Fund, Lycoming-Clinton Parent Child Home Program; Lycoming-Clinton Head Start, Lycoming County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, YWCA, Travelers Protective Association of America, Susquehanna Health System, Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America, Suscom, Little League International, and Jersey Shore State Bank.

The first 200 children attending who have obtained all 10 of the items on the scavenger hunt list will receive a free T-shirt. All children completing the list will be entered into a drawing for prizes, Bell said.

Prizes include a Williamsport Crosscutters family fun pack valued at $500; a $250 college “529” plan from Jersey Shore State Bank Financial Services; tickets to see “Sesame Street Live” in March at the Community Arts Center, and a Little League World Series Championship weekend package, among others. The “Sesame Street” production is at 7 p.m. March 1 and 3:30 and 7 p.m. March 2.

The scavenger hunt list and rules are available at all Jersey Shore State Bank locations. The collected items must be brought to the museum for verification on Feb. 19.

“We want to provide children a safe, fun place to spend a cold winter day. Whether they participate in the scavenger hunt or come to enjoy the other activities, we think there is something for everyone at this year’s Kid’s Day,” Bell said.

The event has grown every year since its inception three years ago, Bell said. Last year more than 1,000 people attended the festivities.

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