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U.S. UNDER ATTACK NOTEBOOK

Two Town of Hamburg residents have joined the effort to clean up the damage after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon last week.

Laurie Stone Staley, a Town of Hamburg police detective, and Mary Jean Stone, a second-grade teacher, have been working at the Pentagon since Sunday with ServiceMaster, the world's largest cleaning company, which is taking care of smoke damage to the complex.

Regal Cinemas will donate 50 cents to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund from each popcorn purchase today at its movie theaters.

Regal Cinemas also will display collection canisters for additional contributions.

The theater chain has designated today as "Red, White and Blue Day" and will display a patriotic slide on all its theater screens.

NIAGARA FALLS -- National Guard members with the 107th Air Refueling Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base were being asked Thursday to volunteer for ground duty in the recovery operations around the collapsed World Trade Center towers in New York City.

About 50 volunteers are expected to leave Saturday on the "state mission," said Maj. Linda Blaszak, spokeswoman for the 107th.

The 107th has more than 800 members, 270 full time and more than 530 part time.

Donations will be taken at all branches of First Niagara Bank for the September 11th Fund established by the United Way to assist those affected by the terrorist attacks.

Checks should be made payable to the September 11th Fund.

The West Seneca Youth Bureau, AmeriCorps and the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center have been compiling a scroll bearing messages of good will to be sent to New York City and Washington.

Area residents are invited to write messages of hope and support on the scroll by stopping in the lobby of the AmeriCorps office in the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Eight emergency medical services workers from Twin City Ambulance in North Tonawanda returned from working at the World Trade Center site late Tuesday after relief arrived from dozens of Erie County volunteers.

The Twin City Ambulance crews, which worked at the site from Saturday night until after midnight Monday, were part of a statewide group of 23 ambulances organized by the United New York Ambulance Network.

A Muslim young woman wearing a traditional shawl and three other National Honor Society members led the Pledge of Allegiance on Wednesday at the Lackawanna Board of Education meeting.

Sariah Ahmed, 18, was born here of Yemeni descent. She was joined in reciting the pledge by Tami Darragh, 17, of Irish descent; Melissa Ristich, 17, Macedonian; and Thomas DiVito, 16, Italian.

NRG Energy, owner of the Huntley and Dunkirk electric generating plants, has committed $1 million as a corporate cash contribution to the Twin Towers Fund, which will aid the families of the fire

The Resource Center in Jamestown has organized a bake and lunch sale to aid the relief efforts in New York City.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in Resource Center facilities at 75 Jones and Gifford Avenue and 880 E. Second St. in Jamestown and at the Quality Markets store on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood.

Baked items and patriotic ribbons can be purchased at all three sites. Lunch items, including pizza and hot dogs, will be available at the Jones and Gifford Avenue location only.

HSBC Bank will match the amount raised by the sale, up to $1,000. Proceeds will be given to the Chautauqua County Chapter of the American Red Cross in memory of Amy King, the Celoron native who was a flight attendant aboard one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center.

The fund is being coordinated by New York City Public/Private initiatives, a City Hall-based organization.

In addition, NRG has established an employee matching fund -- NRG Cares Fund -- to serve people affected by the tragedies in New York, Washington and the Pittsburgh area.

NRG will match every dollar given by its employees. Donations will go to organizations and people directly involved in the relief efforts.

Fifth-graders at Smallwood Drive Elementary School in Snyder have collected $6,500 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid recovery from the terrorist attacks. HSBC Bank matched the total, doubling the contribution.

Area youngsters are invited to attend the Youth Rally for America at 4:30 p.m. today on Goat Island, Niagara Falls, in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The rally is sponsored by the city police and Niagara County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Explorers posts.

The Erie County SPCA is collecting donations to help pets left homeless when their owners died in the terrorist attacks and for search dogs taking part in the recovery effort in New York City.

Checks for search dogs should be made out to NYPD Canine Unit. Checks for homeless pets should be made payable to Center for Animal Care and Control, Manhattan Shelter. Checks should be sent to the Erie County SPCA, 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda, N.Y. 14150; Attention: Gina Browning, Disaster Donation.

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