Sharpsville beats rush, sets trick-or-treat date

It may seem a bit early, but one Shenango Valley municipality has already announced its Halloween trick-or-treat hours. Sharpsville Mayor Kenneth Robertson said this week that the borough will celebrate the day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Halloween is actually Oct. 31, but that is on a Sunday, he said.
The Sharpsville Area School District is having its Halloween parade Oct. 29, which is a Friday, and coordinating with that date will make it easier on parents, the mayor said.
Loan forgiveness
State Rep. Rod Wilt of Greenville, R-17th, said early-childhood educators can qualify for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency's Quality Early Education Loan Forgiveness Program.
It offers monthly student loan debt assistance to graduates working in early-childhood education in Pennsylvania. That help could reach $3,300 per year for up to three years, Wilt said.
To qualify, applicants must have a current outstanding balance on a federally insured Stafford loan that is guaranteed and serviced by PHEAA. For more information, contact the agency's Web site at
Free gunlocks
Free gunlocks are available at the New Castle Police Department. Police Chief Tom Sansone said his department was given 1,400 gunlocks from Project ChildSafe, a national firearm safety education program.
The locks work with most handguns, rifles and shotguns and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The locks are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the police desk at the Grant Street entrance of the city building.
The national program is funded by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and is managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Harold Gwin, Vindicator Sharon Bureau, and Laure Cioffi, New Castle Bureau.

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