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South Colton residents celebrate Easter with sunrise service

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SOUTH COLTON — A small but faithful gathering prayed at Sunday Rock as a gray eastern sky turned pink.

“It’s Easter morning, and it’s sunrise. It’s a little bit of extra effort, but it’s so worth it,” said the Rev. Patricia H. Lennox, who led the 15 worshippers in a short reading Sunday.

Most attend the Colton or Parishville United Methodist churches. The sunrise service is a tradition, a time to reflect before the formal church services and busy dinners.

“We try to get here every year,” said Mark A. Davis.

“It’s the tradition of getting together on Easter morning,” said his wife, Tanya M.

Sunday Rock, a boulder next to Route 56, is special to South Colton. It once marked the border between the settled areas and the wild frontier. Designated an Adirondack Landmark in 2011, it now serves as an Easter meeting place.

“It’s nice this morning. Sometimes it’s very cold,” said Mary Jane Watson, who lives nearby and walks to the service.

One man handed out wooden crosses with white ribbons.

Even though the weather was mild, the service was short. A few people huddled together to protect a candle from the breeze, and after about 10 minutes, the worshippers sang a hymn, said their goodbyes and drove off to begin the rest of their holiday.

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