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    A year later, order restored to ‘crazy’ Easter egg hunt

    EASTHAMPTON — Extra volunteers, clearer instructions to parents, and even a couple of police officers were on hand just in case ensured that Easthampton’s annual Easter egg hunt went smoothly this year.

    Last year’s hunt was marred by about a dozen parents who ignored organizers’ pleas and went into the hunt area to help their children.

    Some were reportedly rude to volunteers and even told older children it was OK to grab eggs from an area set aside for youngsters age 4 and younger.

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    More than 300 children took part in this year’s hunt for 18,000 treat-filled eggs Saturday, organized by the Easthampton Community Center.

    Executive director Robin ­Bialecki told The Daily Hampshire Gazette that last year’s hunt was ‘‘crazy’’ but that every­one was well behaved this year.