Saturday, November 14, 2009

Powell family has a happy homecoming

Powell family has a happy homecoming
By Jay Rey
News Staff Reporter
Updated: November 14, 2009, 5:55 PM / 39 comments

Delores Powell and her four children saw their new home on Massachusetts Avenue for the first time this afternoon, as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" wrapped up its weeklong stay in Buffalo.

The Powells were greeted by a few-thousand neighbors and fans of the television show, who have been following the construction of the new Powell home at 228 Massachusetts Ave. on the city's West Side.

"It's a fun event," said Tim Sherry, of Lancaster, who came to watch the moment with his daughter, Alexandra. "My daughter watches the show all the time."

The Powell family — who spent the week in Walt Disney World while their new home was being built — pulled up in a limousine at about 4:10 p.m. Saturday, when they were greeted by Ty Pennington, and the rest of the cast of the show.

In usual "Extreme Makeover" fashion, a large luxury bus was parked in front of the home, blocking the family's view of their new house.

The enthusiastic crowd — many of them volunteers who helped build the home and work on related neighborhood projects this week — began chanting, "Move that bus! Move that bus!"

After a couple practice takes for the cameras, the bus finally moved, giving the stunned and jubilant Powell family the first glimpse of the house.

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