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    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A recycling drive organized to raise
    money for a memorial to the six Worcester firefighters who died in
    a warehouse fire in December 1999 fell short of its goal to collect
    one million cans and bottles, but is still considered a success
    because it helped raise nearly $16,000.
    The Yes We Can Bottle and Can Drive, organized by city
    firefighters, set a goal of collecting one million cans and bottles
    in one week late last month to raise money for the Worcester Fire
    Fighters Memorial planned for Institute Park.
    Reaching that lofty goal would have earned the organizing group
    a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
    The drive brought in 318,527 cans and bottles worth $15,926.35,
    it was announced on Friday, and is still considered a resounding
    success.
    "It was a truly community effort, in every sense and in the
    best sense of the words," Fire Lt. Donald Courtney said.
    "If we had ever collected one million cans and bottles, we'd
    have ground the redemption center to a halt," Courtney said.
    Area schools and colleges, restaurants, unions, retirement
    homes, veterans organizations and churches participated in the
    drive held from April 25 to 30. Fire departments from across the
    state sent in contributions, and a homeless man donated four cans.
    A Grafton couple brought in the cans they had been collecting to
    save for a vacation.
    The firefighters died Dec. 3, 1999 during a fire at Worcester
    Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. that started when a homeless couple
    seeking shelter in the building knocked over a candle.
    "Our community came together six years ago when we lost our
    fallen heroes," said Michael J. Donoghue, chairman of the
    Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Committee. "Through this
    campaign, our community came together again as we prepare to honor
    our fallen heroes' memories with Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial
    Park."
    The committee is still raising money for the memorial.
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    Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com

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    Mementoes from Worcester fire on display at Anna Maria College

    PAXTON, Mass. (AP) - Letters, teddy bears and other mementoes
    from a deadly 1999 warehouse blaze in Worcester go on display
    tomorrow at Anna Maria College.
    The exhibit is of items that poured into Worcester fire stations
    after six firefighters were killed in the massive Worcester Cold
    Storage and Warehouse fire.
    Fire Lieutenant Donald Courtney said the exhibit marks the first
    time the items have been on display.
    Anna Maria President William McGarry tells the Telegram and
    Gazette of Worcester that the college is pleased to host the
    display.
    The exhibit includes rosary beads, religious medals and a
    cartoon of Betty Boop saluting the six firefighters killed in the
    blaze.
    The exhibit runs through the end of the month.


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