Heavy storms can’t stop local Italian festival

The drive and resilience of local residents shone again following Tuesday’s violent storm in Warren that toppled trees, shattered store-front windows and outed power.

The high winds and heavy downpour that dumped torrential rain on Warren also upended tents already being readied for this weekend’s 35th annual Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival.

Ambulances were called to Courthouse Square after upheaval of the tents even injured some workers who had gathered to set up.

By Wednesday, however, crews were back at it, combing through the mangled mess of the tents’ metal frames, cutting up downed trees and gathering fallen tree branches and other debris.

We now know some of the festival’s favorite tents might be delayed a bit when the ribbon is cut at 4 p.m. today, but rest assured, planners are adamant the show will go on.

Organizers say they know how many people look forward to the festival each year, including those who plan homecoming trips and vacations around the event. So, they vow not to let anyone down.

That certainly is the drive and resilience that has helped make this event what it has been for 35 years.