Standing in front of the Harvard General Store, Danny Hayward, left, and Garrett Cosgrave wear long faces to mourn the fact that Harvard’s
Standing in front of the Harvard General Store, Danny Hayward, left, and Garrett Cosgrave wear long faces to mourn the fact that Harvard's trick-or-treat festivities on the town common tonight have been postponed. (Nashoba Publishing/Mary Arata)

HARVARD - An automated call was made to Harvard households at 12:45 p.m. this afternoon, advising that Harvard will not have it's scheduled trick-or-treat hours this evening. Harvard Fire Chief Richard Sicard narrated the message and cited lingering safety concerns for the last-minute call.

The text of his message was also sent via email push. It is as follows:

Hi this is Chief Sicard from the Harvard Fire Department with a Connect-CTY message.

Due to the total number of household that are still without power, the number of power lines that are on the ground, and the number of power and tree crews working around town, we feel it is in the best interest of public safety to postpone trick-or-treating for tonight.

Following a nor’easter that blanketed the area with snow last year, Halloween 2011 was postponed in Harvard.  Note the snow on the ground to the
Following a nor'easter that blanketed the area with snow last year, Halloween 2011 was postponed in Harvard. Note the snow on the ground to the right at this house last year. This year, Hurricane Sandy caused a postponement of Harvard's 2012 trick-or-treat fun. A new date has not yet been set. (Nashoba Publishing file photo/Mary Arata)

We apologize for the short notice of this message but we were hoping to get more of the power restored than has actually happened. We will send out a new Connect-CTY message when we have a new date for trick-or-treating.

Thank you.

Nashoba Publishing will provide an update on the date and time for Harvard's Halloween trick-or-treat on the town common as soon as its announced.

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