Halloween on Hold
Hurricane Sandy plays tricks, delays treats
October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has chased candy-seeking ghouls and goblins from local streets.

Several southwestern Butler County municipalities have moved their trick-or-treat times from this evening to Saturday because of the “superstorm.”

Most have moved to 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. They include the townships of Cranberry, Adams, Jackson and Middlesex, plus the boroughs of Mars, Seven Fields, Harmony, Zelienople and Evans City. Callery will hold trick or treat from 6 to 7 p.m. and Valencia from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Cranberry Township Manager Jerry Andree said concern for children and safety personnel during this week’s storm prompted the date change.

“Identifying the trick-or-treat time in Cranberry Township is much more than simply identifying a time to trick-or-treat, but a time when Cranberry Township mobilizes extra police, fire and EMS personnel to saturate the township with public safety personnel,” said Andree.

“Knowing many of our public safety personnel could be tied up with after-storm related events, the township could not commit to that same level of preparedness for trick-or-treat on Wednesday evening,” Andree added.

“By moving the designated time to Saturday evening, we feel we will be able to meet those expectations and will have mitigated any public safety hazards that the storm may have created,” Andree said.

With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy heading toward the east, Cranberry officials are continuing preparations for the possibility of severe weather in the local area.

Many departments have been hard at work cleaning catch basins, checking equipment, setting up the Cranberry Emergency Operations Center, and reviewing emergency plans in preparation for heavy rain and high winds.

Public safety, traffic alerts, cancellations, or schedule changes will be issued on an as-needed basis, through Cranberry Connect Alerts. Anyone can sign up for these alerts, via e-mail or text at: www.cranberrytownship.org/cranberryconnect.

Trash collections were on schedule as of press deadline for Tuesday. Residents were asked to secure their trash and recycling cans, curbside, if possible.

If cans are partially filled, consider holding for next week. Bring in empty carts as soon as possible. If weather conditions deteriorate, pickups may be delayed.

Cranberry officials said they would continue to monitor the storm’s path and adjust plans accordingly as the storm moves through the area.

THE CHAMBER of Commerce canceled its Business After Hours at Spadafora’s Monday evening, and CHAMBER Connections Tuesday were canceled. Call THE CHAMBER at 724-934-9700 with any questions.

Adams Township Supervisor Russ Ford said on Monday that he coordinated with several other municipalities in southwestern Butler County regarding trick-or-treat early Monday morning.

“We don’t want little kids out in that weather,” Ford said, “and there’s lots of parents who would probably rather have it on Saturday.”

Also, the Mars High School Boys Varsity Soccer and Girls Varsity Soccer WPIAL Playoff Games were postponed from Tuesday until today because of the expected inclement weather.

The girls varsity soccer team will take on the Belle Vernon Leopards in the semifinal round of the 2012 WPIAL/McDonald’s Class AA girls soccer championship at 6 p.m. today at Gateway High School. The boys varsity soccer team will take on the Belle Vernon Leopards in the semifinal round of the 2012 WPIAL/McDonald’s Class AA boys soccer championship at 8 p.m. today at Gateway High School.