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WAR ON TERRORISM NOTEBOOK

An ecumenical memorial service to remember those who died, particularly police and firefighters, in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will preside at the service which was requested by Police Commissioner Rocco Diina, Fire Commissioner Cornelius J. Keane and chaplains for both departments to honor the fallen police and firefighters. Mansell invited members of both departments to attend in uniform with their families.

The service will be followed by a procession to the police memorial on Franklin Street adjacent to the cathedral where wreaths will be laid in memory of those who died in the attacks.

JAMESTOWN Capt. Margaret Ivarsson and Leslie Weinert of the Salvation Army of Jamestown have gone to New York City to work as part of a trauma-counseling team for victims' families and emergency workers. T

The Salvation Army is the only organization providing spiritual and emotional counseling at ground zero.

Also Maj. Randall Davis, Linda Beck and Dick Keyes will be working with the Salvation Army's Canteen Services Team to provide meals at the excavation site and surrounding areas. The Salvation Army in New York estimates that canteen crews serve about 200,000 meals every 72 hours.

Donations for this work can be sent to The Salvation Army, 83 South Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

LITTLE VALLEY -- Salamanca School Superintendent Mark Ward is among emergency medical technicians from Cattaraugus County helping with rescue efforts in New York City.

The volunteers and three ambulances provided by fire departments in Olean, Otto and West Valley left Monday morning. They will work a 24-hour shift and return home on Wednesday.

The request came from the state Health Department, according to county EMS Director Michael Bechelli who coordinated the efforts with county Emergency Medical Services Director Stuart Lexer.

Ward is a former fire chief in Great Valley. In a letter to the Salamanca City Central School Board, Ward explained why he decided to volunteer: "I just want to show my support for those people."

The fifth grade class at Sweet Home Central School District's Glendale Elementary School will present representatives from HSBC Bank with a check for $1,079 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in a ceremony today in the school. HSBC Bank will match the donation.

The students staged a weeklong fund-raiser called Healing Hearts for America in which they sold paper hearts for a dollar during their lunch periods and at the school's annual open house.

A fund drive led by fifth-grade students at Smallwood Drive Elementary School in Amherst collected $6,500 for disaster relief in New York City. Youngsters from all grades donated their savings and asked for contributions from their neighbors. HSBC Bank will match the donation.

Cub Scout Pack 431 from St. Leo the Great Church in Amherst raised $531 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund during a two-hour fund-raiser last week. Parents and Scouts gave out hot dogs, fresh baked goods and soft drinks in exchange for donations.

Thirty students from St. Peter's Parochial School in Lewiston will sponsor a village-to-village walk-a-thon Saturday at 9 a.m. to raise funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Students will walk about six miles from Lewiston Village Hall on Fourth Street along River Road to Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, where there will be a picnic. For information, contact walk-a-thon chairwoman Stephanie Cattarin at 745-7805.

Fourth-graders from Grand Island's Huth Road Elementary School will hold a bake sale Wednesday to benefit the Red Cross and the families of New York City firefighters. Fifth-graders held a bake sale last Wednesday which raised more than $400.

The Crickett Tavern, 1103 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, has begun collecting nonperishable food items, clothing of all sizes, bathroom items, toys, books and cash donations for those in need following the Sept. 11 tragedy. The drive will continue through Oct. 7.

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