As for tonight's post, here are some pictures from the weekend.
First up is the Troy High Homecoming, which was postponed half way through the third quarter because of continued lightening. The game was delayed until Sunday afternoon, when Troy High really picked up the pace and finished off Columbia by a score of 35-7. The pictures are from the Saturday in the first half, notice how sunny it was. I can tell you an hour after these pictures were taken I was drenched from head to toe.
On Sunday, the turnout for the Empty Bowls project was quite stunning. By 12:15 p.m., there were more than 300 people in line. The line snaked from the front door of the Italian Community Center back to the old car wash site on Ferry Street. You really had to see it to believe it. Well, here you go.
Inside, people were relaxing and cooks were serving, including my beautiful wife Francesca, and Charlie Staats and company from Flavour Cafe.
Congratulations to Barbara Reely and all of the organizers for the Empty Bowl Fundraiser, which raised more than $20,000 for local food pantries. That is an amazing job.
At nearly the same time as the Empty Bowls event, the 2nd Annual East v. West Tug of War with local volunteer firefighters was taking place. In all honesty, these pictures are worth a couple thousand words.
After the event, I even had a couple of friends show up in a newly decorated 1950 Chevy.
By the way, Happy Columbus Day! This afternoon, I had the great pleasure of participating in a Flag Ceremony at Columbus Square. It was a wonderful ceremony, and I want to thank Vito Ciccarelli for putting everything together.
Finally, today began the milling of State Street. The guys did a great job getting the road up. Please be careful for the next few days while going through intersections in downtown. This picture is from early this morning shortly after the crews began.
Finally, another small sign of progress. Jeffrey and Deane Pfeil took down the fence at the Conservatory this morning. You will be hearing more on the building later in the week!
I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!