TROY - Debi Hulslander, president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, had to make an announcement Monday that she never made before.

Because of the impending Hurricane Sandy, she said the chamber was postponing the Troy Halloween Parade until Saturday, Nov. 3. Originally, it was scheduled to take place on Halloween.

"This is a first for me," she said, noting that the times for the parade remain the same. It takes place at 6 p.m.

During at least the 14 years she has been president of the chamber, Hulslander said the parade never had to be postponed.

"We decided to postpone rather than cancel, because Halloween is so big and everyone looks forward to it, and I know a lot of floats are already done," she said, noting the decision was made for safety reasons. "I got a couple phone calls this morning, and if we get what we're supposed to get, they may be still be cleaning up trees and stuff on Wednesday. We don't want kids going around for trick or treat, with trees down."

And people were on a buying spree to prepare for the storm.

At Baldwin's Hardware in Canton, business was good.

"We've been selling lots of stuff, flashlights, batteries, kerosene heaters, generators, sump pumps," said Casey Clegg, who works at the store. "Lamp oil is another big thing."

Canton Borough's Emergency Operations Center was up and running on Monday.

Amy Seeley, borough administrator, said everyone was "at the office ready to do whatever we need to do."

The borough had made a Declaration of Disaster Emergency on Friday.

Armenia Township Secretary Mallory Babcock said the township also made the same kind of declaration at 9 a.m. Monday. She said most of the townships are doing it.

"If we do get damage, it enables the residents to get funding. It helps in the process of getting funding for any damages on public or private property."

"Our home is set up as the Emergency Operations Center," Babcock said. She said this decision was made because she has a generator at her home.

She said her home will be a base station for radio contact with county and local agencies, and she will have extra space for people who need shelter.

Residents with questions can call Babcock at (570) 297-5025 or (570)-529-5637.

"I think the most damaging stuff we're concerned about is the wind with the trees and the lines," she said.

The Troy Area School District was closed Monday, according to its website.

Meanwhile, the Canton Area School District said it was closed Monday afternoon, and today (Tuesday Oct. 30), due to weather conditions. All after school activities were cancelled, and all district residents were "encouraged to be safe during this storm," its website noted.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.