The Labor Day weekend is finally here and the weather in New York State is about to be perfect! Be careful when you are on the roads and watch for police all over the area.

We are going to see temperatures soaring in to the 80s this weekend and if you are camping, boating or just chilling in the backyard, Mother Nature is playing along as well.

But don't forget that if you are planning to drink, have a plan in place for a ride home. There are many options for those who want a lift without having to drive after drinking or doing drugs.

New York State are going to be keeping a close eye out for drunk and impaired drivers. It is part of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee's STOP-DWI campaign that runs through Monday.

The State Troopers are hiring as well!

This weekend marks the start of high school football across New York State as well.

There are plenty of games on the schedule for this weekend and the season starts with a few major matchups.

There is something special about watching the local team play under the lights on a Friday night. The cooler air and the setting sun make a perfect backdrop for a slice of Americana as fans pack the grandstands at high schools across New York State.

This year, there is a variety of rules that are either new or have been updated for the 2023 season. One of the rules involves a uniform policy that now allows for the use of towels on the field that are different colors.

According to NYSPHSAA website:

Clarified That Towels Do Not Have To Be The Same Solid Color For Each Player [1-5-3a(5)a 4, 5 (NEW)]: Player towels may contain one manufacturer’s logo and/or one school logo neither exceeding 2¼ square inches. Towels must be a solid color but now do not have to be the same solid color for each player. Towels may not be ball- or penalty-flag colored.

High school sports are very exciting and New York State does a good job at making sure that sportsmanship is front and center. In fact, there are a few schools that recently received a great honor. NYSPHSAA awarded the 2022-2023 Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Winners.

The award is presented to schools who have developed proactive approaches in keeping sportsmanship in the forefront with their students, coaches, spectators, and communities. A total of 263 schools submitted the Sportsmanship Promotion Survey to NYSPHSAA and 49 schools were chosen by their Sections as plaque winners. The four schools selected as banner award winners, as chosen by the NYSPHSAA, will be presented a banner at their school during a ceremony on a date and time of their choosing.

Good luck to your favorite teams this fall! The weather look great for the start of the new football season this weekend!

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