A Web site has been set up by Canada Customs that posts waiting time at border crossings for commercial and passenger vehicles at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/customs/
general/times/menu-e.html. The Web site is updated every four hours.
Highland Hose Fire Company in Derby will sponsor a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. today in company headquarters on George Nablo Parkway in Derby. Participants are asked to provide their own candles.
Buffalo State College has produced a video to help teachers deal with questions their students may have about the events of last week.
"Helping Children Understand Tragedy: The Events of September 11, 2001," is available free of charge. The 20-minute video can be obtained by calling Buffalo State College Faculty of Applied Science and Education at 878-4214.
Virtually every agent in the Buffalo FBI office has been working on the air terrorism cases since the hijackings occurred Tuesday morning.
About 20 agents and support personnel from the Buffalo FBI office have been sent to Boston and New York City to assist in the case. Meanwhile, agents who remain in the local office are helping to pursue thousands of tips that have been received since Tuesday, according to Peter J. Ahearn, special agent in charge of the Buffalo office.
Ahearn said anyone who believes they may have information about the hijackings should call the FBI hotline at (866) 483-5137. The FBI also has a Web site at www.ifccfbi.gov which contains instructions on how to pass along tips via e-mail.
"The FBI is the lead investigative agency for terrorist activities in the United States," Ahearn said. "There are currently 4,000 special agents and 3,000 professional support staff assigned to this case worldwide."
Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan, in conjunction with the New York State Sheriff's Association, has announced that a Hero's Fund has been established to help families of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who died in the World Trade Center catastrophe. Checks payable to the Hero's Fund can be dropped off at the Sheriff's Office, 10 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
A number of people are having trouble finding local suppliers of acid-proof folders, suitable for storing historic editions of newspapers and other paper archival material. One local supplier is Hyatts All Things Creative with stores at Main and Allen streets in Buffalo and on Main Street in Harris Hill.
Two sons of Councilman Gerald DePasquale, Lackawanna, are working on security at the demolition of the two World Trade Center towers.
Jeffrey is one of six state troopers supplied by the Boston Barracks. Bernard, who lives in Cornwall, is a member of an Army Reserve Unit that was called up.
"Jeffrey was directing traffic and keeping order from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.," said DePasquale. "He was talking on the phone to Bernie but so far (as of Thursday) they haven't seen each other."
The councilman, in three primaries in the Third Ward, put away his three-wheel rented scooter and suspended his campaign for the time being.
The U.S. Department of Energy has set up a special hotline for reports of gasoline price gouging, Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-Clarence, announced. The number is (800) 244-3301.
The Salvation Army is accepting donations for the victims of the New York City attacks and their families at this address: The Salvation Army, Disaster Relief, 960 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y., 14202.
Relief supplies from Canada bound for New York City and Washington, D.C., are receiving expedited U.S. Customs clearance and bridge-crossing assistance at the Peace Bridge. Tolls are being waived by the Peace Bridge Authority. For information, contact the U.S. Customs supervisor at 881-4447, ext. 131, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The local chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors is gathering an inventory of construction equipment which could be used to assist rescue workers in New York City.
"The Western New York offices of ABC will act as a collection point for donations and will catalog the availability of machines, equipment and materials for the continuing rescue efforts. As collections and lists come in, ABC will forward the information on these available resources to the necessary authorities," said Scott Zylka, regional director of ABC.
While firefighters of the Town of Tonawanda's Kenilworth Fire Company await a call to help out in New York City, construction worker Tom Lynch already is helping.
Lynch, of the Town of Tonawanda, and Kenilworth volunteers Gus Rauther and John Hanns collected medical supplies, blankets, air masks, gloves, bottled water and food for potential use during the emergency. The supplies were given by various businesses, including Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sheridan Surgical and Pine Hill Coffee Service.
Cambria Raceway Park will hold a "World Trade Center Benefit Race" Oct. 21 in the Park at 3146 Ridge Road, Cambria. The track will open at 10 a.m., and racing will begin at 1 p.m. Participants should sign up by noon. A $20 entry fee per class includes an event T-shirt. Proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen firefighters and police officers.
Chuck Mercer of Alden wants to help relief efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C., but is not sure how to do it.
Mercer, a Rochester & Southern Railroad engineer, says he has obtained verbal commitments from a handful of businesses in the region, including some Home Depot stores, to donate gloves, respirators, rain gear, buckets, coffee mix and other goods. Now, after being turned down by several groups, Mercer is wondering what organization he can give the material to.
Any organization involved in relief efforts that is interested in Mercer's offer can contact him at 937-3746.