Pill Take Back Exceeds all Expectations

Takes in more than 1,700 pounds of medications

Susan Jenkins, executive director of BRiDGES, Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse fills syringe containers during the Pill Take Back Program at the Madison County Landfill site on Buyea Road April 27. The program has been held in the spring and fall since September of […]

Agencies Team up for Alcohol Awareness Campaign

To the Editor:

(Madison County, NY – April 2013) BRiDGES, the Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., in partnership with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement, school and government officials, would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the coming of spring and summer in our community and to […]

Madison County Urges Mandate Relief


Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker was joined by fellow supervisors, business owners, community organizations and local residents May 18 to call on New York state to enact immediate relief from unfunded mandates.

(Wampsville, NY – May 2012) Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker was joined by […]

Dangerous New Drug Popular Among Teens

To the Editor:

While concerns about alcohol and marijuana use among teens continue, new synthetic drugs are being sold, which have become popular with teenagers.

K2, or “spice” is a form of synthetic marijuana that is being sold in local tobacco stores and head shops. Other common names for the drug include: skunk, genie, smoke […]

Suicide Prevention, Education and Intervention Session Planned

(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2012) Last year, BRiDGES, Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse sponsored a training session on what to do following a suicide. A follow-up meeting will be held to discuss the needs in Madison County as relates to suicide prevention, education and intervention on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. […]

Solicitation Ordinance Tabled

Board split on the need for more laws in the town

By Margo Frink

(Town of Nelson, NY – June 9, 2011) After a lengthy discussion, the Nelson Town Board agreed to table a resolution regarding a solicitation ordinance. Most of the board agreed with the ordinance but had issues with the application proposed for […]

EWD Meters Discussed

Natural gas working group develops web page

By Margo Frink

(Town of Nelson, NY – Feb. 10) Members of the Erieville Water District (EWD) not only needed a new tank and well drilled, which is in the process but the metering devices are in a state of disarray, according to town Supervisor Roger Bradstreet.

Norm […]

Oneida Police, Fire Annual Reports

Departments show increase in calls; drug-related arrests up 70 percent

By Margo Frink

(Oneida, NY – 2011) Oneida Police Chief David R. Meeker Sr.’s annual report shows the number of criminal offenses handled by police increased by 365 from 2009 to 2010.

“The number of complaints handled increased for 2010 as the numbers will fluctuate […]

Chief Aims to Curb Underage Drinking

Pictured is Hamilton Police Chief Rick Gifford.

Asks county, state law enforcement to crack down on use of fake IDs

By Margo Frink

(Hamilton, NY – Jan. 2011) In an effort to reduce underage drinking incidents, Hamilton Police Chief Rick Gifford has called on fellow law enforcement personnel in the entire county to punish youth […]

Neon Signs to Remain Legal in Cazenovia

Latest Draft, Which Allows Taverns to Keep Their Lighted Beer Signs, Could Be Approved Next Month

By Aaron Gifford

(Cazenovia, NY – Oct. 4, 2010) Bars and restaurants here will be allowed to keep all of their existing neon signs under the latest draft of the village’s updated sign ordinance, but they probably won’t be […]

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-10

Submitted by Susan L. Jenkins

(Town of Lenox, NY) “There is a strong link between alcohol and fire deaths. In more than 40 percent of adult fire fatalities, victims were under the influence at the time of the fire. Alcohol abuse often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts.”

Alcohol intoxication may increase the risk of […]

Wants Number of Tobacco Retailers Restricted

To the Editor:

Tobacco products are accessible to teens throughout New York State, in part due to the number of licensed retailers in New York communities. The number of licensed tobacco retailers directly affects youth smoking behaviors and youth access to tobacco products.

There is currently one tobacco retailer for every 194 children in New […]