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Record, Reporter graduate Scott , Md. Whitney qJxPedences. Photos submitted Whitney is now a member of the Coast Guard, worked at "Ground Zero" in New York and re- - In the days that followed, came and went, and I ordered everything seemed to blur to- my food and drink. Page 10B gether. Morale in the office Immediately, everyone dropped quickly with the few started talking abotrt it, want- VOice.,, This was hours ofsleep we were all ing to know how I was in- exchange of"I getting. I made it my mission volved and what l had done back to to get people laughing. After and will do. What was the hours later, I three PAs out of our officeCoast Guard planning to do? I Conversation went to New York to provideswallowed hard and joined assistance in dealing with the the conversation. the media, and reservists came As it progressed, personal out the into the office, I got a chance opinion entered--personal to wonder to go out one night and seeopinion and passion. For the like on the how this actually affected first time since I had started the building, other people, going to the Bier Garden, on- Over my body When I walked into my ly one person spoke at a time as I looked out normal hangout, the Bier and everyone elselistened. ~nd forced my- Garden, a German restaurantNo jokes were told, no in- about it; and pub, I didn't want to talk sults thrown. Everyone was get lunch, about New York or anything angered, yet heartbroken at as I was walk- involving it. After living,the same time. work, I breathing and sleeping it all I finished my meal, paid t of week, it was the last thin~ I the tab and started home. It streets wanted to think about. I sat never crossed my mind that even for that at the bar, the round of hellos so many felt so much passion borhood looks the 18th The hous- and street been remod- but cars College stu- have their music almost all an- SOunds that different news the open ked the front laartment and ,nly normal occurred-- me, following ty apartment, I could on my as I laid desk on my mes- from peo- eard from in if I was all THANK Y6U The Sloat Towne Hall Halloween Party Committee wishes to thank all the wonderful prize contributors of this year's successful event. Thanks again. American Valley HardwarePizza Factory Braiders of the Lost Art Plumas Motor Supply Carey Candy Co. Plumas-Sierm Rural Courthouse Caf Electric Cooperative El Torito Loco Quincy Drug Feather River Inn Quincy Hot Spot Forest Stationers Quincy Lumber Gogue Art & Tattoos Safeway La Sierra Lanes Sassy Nails Les Schwab Tires Say Mor Foods Moon's Sierra Mountain Sports Morning Thunder Sights & Sounds My Sister's Closet Town Hall Theater Papa Murphy's Pizza Willits' Motors Pumas Dist. Hospital Whitehawk Ranch bed, with the im- events of the heroic You Having A ::vertise your craft faire, come into any of eniently located offices & we'll help you g~ ~'~/, Ct . 2g.]-OON 800 Mgkt Stre~ $a~tmwBle, Ca 257-$321 P.O. Bot 469 Greem41~, Ca 2ga~.Tg00 IqlTOU ItmlTil w, ,woc I 16 Cmmmert~l St, ~ Ca "g32"4~6 p.O. Boz ~, Wt~tw~, Ca" 2~'22T7 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 11B Scott Whitney, a 1998 graduate of Portola High School, got an up.lose look at the World Trade Center when his Job with the Coast Guard took him to "Ground Zero." about the whole event. I The next morning as I end of the street, but not be- walked down to the Federal walked down.North Street, I fore three American flags Building on my way home so noticed some of the change, were placed at the top of each I could see the ocean Half the The paper boy wasn't blast- of three pillars holding the street was blocked off with ing his music; instead he porch up. All three men said orange cones, and the swat walked the paper to the "Good morning." team van was parked outside doorstep and looked at each North was still the same. the front door, daring some- individual one as he laid the Instead of kneeling to pet one to try anything, papers on the separate door- him, I picked him up. I lifted For the first time since it mats. When he looked up, he him with my hands under his happened, I slowed down and saw me and waved big, say-shoulders and the air left his thought about the whole ing,"Good morning." lungs in a forced and drawn week. Tears welled in my As the joggers ran by, they out "Meow." As l held him, he eyes as all the images I had huffed out a "Mornin'," in- purred and rolled over onto seen all week ran through my stead of the typical grunts. I his back, looking up at me. I mind again. I looked around discovered that it wasn't smiled back at him, put him the harbor and then up at the Tim's fault his ties neverdown and continued to work. empty sky. matched his shirt. His wife A week and a half later, it I realized it was Friday, ironed his shirt and his sev- was my turn to go to New three days since it happened, en-year-old daughter picked York to provide assistance. I Had it really been that long? his tie. drove up with Kim Wilder, So much had happened, so The three men were still re- much had changed, modeling the hQuse at the See Zero, page 14B It's our wish to you, our customers, to have a Joyous Holiday Season. 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