Light the Night

With an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 members of the community in attendance, the 10th annual “Light the Night” event once again provided youths and adults alike with an alternative to scary Halloween programming.

The season of horror films and free sweets is upon us. Students from Waynesburg University’s Leadership and Stewardship course are using this time as an opportunity to help the county’s needy.

“We just knew that there is a big problem with food insecurity in Greene County, we figured we would be able to do whatever we could to help them and keep the Corner Cupboard Food Bank running,” said junior Sam Robinson.

Robinson and his group will trick-or-treat with the rest of the borough only, instead of candy, they’re asking for donations for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank. They plan to walk up and down three streets - Zimmer Ln., Colonial Dr. and Rinehart Ln. - but can drive to anywhere else in the borough if someone wants to donate.

“What we are looking for in donations are foods such as canned tuna, pasta, spaghetti sauce, boxed meals like hamburger helper and tuna helper, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, juice, oatmeal and pancake mix,” Robinson said. “Also, the Corner Cupboard Food Bank does take monetary donations to also gather food and to keep the organization running.”

The foods listed are what they need the most, but Robinson said they’ll accept any food. He said donors can contact him at rob2336@student.waynesburg.edu or 740-461-9479, then simply leave the donations on their porch or near the mailbox in a box labeled “Corner Cupboard Food Bank” and Robinson’s team will drive by and pick them up.

“We’re taking volunteers to collect the food, going to have people from Bonner Scholar program help,” Robinson said. “We’re doing it for the betterment of our community, so I would hope people are willing to help out with the cause.”

And helping out is exactly what the university’s Leadership and Stewardship course is about.

The course is based in both theory and application where students are challenged to utilize their gifts to help solve real problems in our community through leadership and service,” said business professor Wes Hershelman.

Hershelman teaches one of two sections for the course. He said there’s a total of 41 students enrolled in this semester, 20 in his section.

According to Hershelman, examples of other group projects from the course include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Canon-McMillan High School to benefit a boy battling cancer and the restoration of Waynesburg’s Unity Trail.

“A course like Leadership and Stewardship is influential to our students who will be the next generation of leaders in business for Christ,” Hershelman said. “This course is designed to be aligned with Waynesburg University’s mission of helping students make connections between faith, learning and service.”

The trick-or-treat times, and related events, for each of the county’s municipalities are listed below, in alphabetical order. Please note, those wishing to participate should turn their porch lights on.

n Aleppo: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Carmichaels Borough: Oct. 27 from 4 to 6, with a parade at 2 p.m. Also note a Trunk-or Treat on Oct. 26 at the fire hall. It’s free for cars to give out candy, but kids must register by calling Flenniken Library. Admission is $3 until Oct. 25 and $5 on the day of the event. Proceeds go to the Children’s Outreach Program at the library.

n Center: Oct. 31 from 6 to 7.

n Clarksville: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Cumberland: Oct. 27 from 3 to 5.

n Dunkard: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8. Note, on Oct. 24 the fire hall is hosting a parade and party. Lineup begins at 4:30 and will parade through town with Mapletown High School’s band. Also on Oct. 24 from 7 to 9, the Shannopin Civic Club is hosting a haunted house. Admission is a $2 donation.

n Franklin: Oct. 24 from 4 to 6.

n Freeport: couldn’t be reached for comment.

n Gilmore: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

n Gray: couldn’t be reached.

n Greene: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Greensboro: couldn’t be reached.

n Jackson: Oct. 31 from 5 to 7.

n Jefferson Borough: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Jefferson Township: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Monogahela: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8. Note, the township building will participate.

n Morgan: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Morris: Oct. 31 from 6 to 7.

n Perry: Oct. 26 from 6 to 8, with a Trunk-or-Treat in the fire department’s parking lot and Light the Night at the community center, all at the same time

n Rices Landing: Oct. 27, with a parade at 1 p.m. and trick or treat from 2-4.

n Richhill: Oct. 31 from 6-7 p.m.

n Springhill: couldn’t be reached

n Washington: Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31 from 5-7 for toddlers through age 12 at the Washington Township Park.

n Wayne: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8.

n Waynesburg: Oct. 24 from 4 to 6, and a parade at 6:30 p.m. Also note, the EQT Rec Center is hosting a Halloween party, on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7, that’s free to the public. Alsop on Oct. 31, is Spooktacular costume contest from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on courthouse steps.

n Whiteley: No trick or treating, township supervisors said children usually go to Waynesburg.

For more information contact the municipalities individually.

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