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DAY OF TERROR NOTEBOOK

Wegmans Food Markets sent four 53-foot tractor-trailers Wednesday "packed to the roof" with food and clothing for rescue workers at the site of the World Trade Center tragedy.

The Rochester-based supermarket chain transported goods that Rochester residents donated along with nonperishable food items from its main warehouse.

Tim Deehler of Rochester, a Wegmans truck driver, went on the trip.

"It was the trip of my life," he said. "A trip to New York City is an experience it itself, you can imagine what this one was like. They really welcomed us."

The goods were unloaded and put on vans to be taken to workers at the disaster site. The items included pillows and cots. He said that 40,000 pounds of food was transported.

Hamburg Middle School pupils have created a flag as a way to express concern, sympathy and patriotism with the people of New York City.

Jeanne Comerford and the art department at the middle school spearheaded the creation of a 16-foot by 12-foot American flag, in which red and white hearts comprise the stripes. The flag hung in front of the school Friday and is being sent to the people of New York City to convey that the hearts of Western New Yorkers go out to them.

Buffalo First Deputy Police Commissioner Crystalea Burns Pelletier stepped into the limelight Thursday, but she could not stop thinking about all of the police, firefighters and rescue personnel who lost their lives Tuesday in New York City.

When presented the President's Award from the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of New York State, she did so saying she was accepting it on behalf of the police who died because they will never have the chance to pursue careers that might have taken them to the top of their profession.

Three Erie County women who crossed the Peace Bridge on Sunday to play in an interclub golf championship were amazed by the support they received from their Canadian opponents.

Jane Shumaker of Orchard Park said she and two Buffalo women, Pam Gray and Jackie Sullivan, the latter a Buffalo police detective, are on the Bridgewater County Club team in the Niagara Solheim Cup tournament.

The Canadians were decked out in red, white and blue and also wore angels and ribbons in American colors, Shumaker said. Also, the flag marking the 18th hole was Old Glory at half-staff.

"It was a very emotional experience," Shoemaker said. "We take for granted what a wonderful foreign country we have next door."

Peninsula Lakes defeated Bridgewater and its three Americans in the match. "It was irrelevant," Shumaker said.

The Depew Volunteer Fire Department will hold a memorial service for those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center collapse at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Veterans Park, Terrace Boulevard, Depew. All area firefighters and their families are invited.

Ambulances from 20 volunteer fire companies across Erie County went to New York City Sunday to take a 24-hour shift helping firefighters at the World Trade Center disaster. They will return Tuesday.

Rural/Metro Medical Services gave citations Sunday to 19 of its employees who traveled to New York City to assist following the World Trade Center disaster. After the honors were given in company headquarters on Delaware Avenue, company employees and officials walked together to the candlelight vigil in Niagara Square.

An eerie reminder that time stood still in lower Manhattan on Tuesday is the news boxes in that section of the city. In the disaster area, news boxes still offer copies of Tuesday morning's editions for sale. It's as if the tragedy never happened -- the headlines haven't changed at all since before the World Trade Center towers exploded and collapsed.
Times Square commemorated the disaster with American flags of all sizes. Twenty-three flags were draped on one massive scaffold alone. Signs of support were posted in the Square on Friday, the national day of prayer and remembrance declared by President Bush. "God Bless America," read one. Others read, "Pray for families and victims, and "Freedom Will be Defended."
Proof that there are always some who benefit from a disaster, some souvenir shops in New York City have been doing a brisk business since Tuesday's tragedy. At the Phantom of Broadway shop on Fifth Avenue, manager Hassam Sayed said trinkets and souvenirs have been flying out of his shop this week. Maybe it's because of all the out-of-town rescue workers and emergency personnel in town, he said.

"With souvenirs we're always busy," said Sayed. "But we've been busier than usual."
Danny Casaceli of South River, N.J., is a Local 408 mechanic who has been on the pile of the World Trade Center rubble making repairs to the large machinery used to sift and uncover the debris.

Casaceli said he saw workers stacking the bodies and parts of bodies that have been recovered off to the side awaiting body bags and transport to one of the many makeshift morgues across Manhattan.

He has been visibly affected by his job.

"You can't stay in there a long time if you're not familiar with that sort of stuff. I'm not familiar with it."

If not for the nearly 5,000 people believed entombed in the rubble, Casaceli said the work would be easier.

"If they didn't know people were in there, they'd be ripping it all up and hauling it all off," he said.

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