After weeks of solemn reflection during Lent, the joyous celebration of Easter is finally at hand.

The Christian faithful will rejoice in the resurrection of Christ the Lord this Sunday, April 21.

We wish everyone a very blessed and happy Easter.

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As the holiday nears, one of the area’s great traditions — the annual New Bethlehem Easter Egg Hunt — will return this Saturday, April 20, to Gumtown Park.

Youngsters are welcome to take part in this free event, hosted each year by the New Bethlehem Lions Club. The hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m., so be sure not to be late as the kids move at lightning speed to collect all the eggs in a matter of seconds.

Participants will be divided into the following age groups: toddler and preschool, first and second grades, and third and fourth grades.

Be sure to check back with The L-V next week for photos from the event.

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Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, and what better way to pay tribute to Mother Nature than to take care of one of her most important creatures: the honey bee.

Local beekeeper Dan Lynch reminds everyone that if they see a bee swarm, or find bees at work on building a hive in their home or garage, do not spray the bees to kill them.

Instead, make a quick call to Lynch at (724) 545-6720 or another area beekeeper so that they can come and remove the bees safely and relocate them to a proper apiary where they can continue to pollinate our local farm crops, flowers and more.

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If you’re itching to get out and enjoy the springtime weather, we have just the thing for you.

Next week’s issue of The Leader-Vindicator will include our annual Trail Guide — a special section featuring articles, maps and photos about our local trails, including the Redbank Valley Trail, Armstrong Trail, Rail 66 Country Trail, the Allegheny River Trail in the Foxburg area, and new this year, the Mahoning Shadow Trail in Punxsutawney.

Be sure to pick up your copy of The L-V next week for this great resource.

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With the deadline to register to vote for the May 21 municipal primary fast approaching on April 22, state officials are reminding Pennsylvanians the Online Voter Registration (OVR) is the quickest and easiest way to register.

On May 21, voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose their parties’ nominees for judicial and local government positions.

In addition, all registered voters in the 41st Senatorial District, which includes Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Westmoreland counties, will cast votes in a special election for the state Senate seat.

Voters are encouraged to use the state’s OVR site, whether they are registering for the first time or updating an existing registration with a change of name, address or party affiliation.

Even applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card may complete their registration online, thanks to a feature that allows users to easily upload a digital copy of their signature.

Eligible voters also can register by mail or apply in person at a county voter registration office; county assistance offices; Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices; PennDOT photo and drivers’ license centers; Armed Forces recruitment centers; county clerk of orphans’ courts or marriage license offices; area agencies on aging; county mental health and intellectual disabilities offices; student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education; offices of special education in high schools; and Americans with Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.

Applications for new registration, change of address or change in party affiliation must be postmarked or received in county voter registration offices by April 22.

For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.

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