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Volunteers needed for needle sweep on Saturday

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MASSENA - Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said volunteers are still needed for Saturday’s needle sweep planned for the village’s parks and playgrounds.

“I know we’re going to have some volunteers, it’s just a matter of how many,” he said. “The more volunteers we have, the more thorogh we can be and the less time it will take.”

Volunteers will be meeting at 10 a.m. at the Massena Chamber of Commerce on Church Street, where they will undergo safety training before being organized into groups and sent out into the community with members of the Massena Drug Free Coalition.

Areas of focus on Saturday include Springs Park, the wooden playground, North Main Street, Alcoa Field, Brighton Street and North Side Park near the foot bridge. Mr. Currier said crews will also be searching for hypodermic needles in and around the playgrounds at Madison, Jefferson and Nightingale elementary schools, as well as Trinity Catholic School.

When asked if he was expecting to find needles during the sweep, Mr. Currier said he wasn’t sure what to expect.

“We just at this point want to eliminate any existing threats in our playgrounds and parks,” he said. “We’re continuing discussions with the schools and parks and recreation about coming up with a way to better monitor our parks and playgrounds.”

Mr. Currier said Saturday’s event will be held rain or shine, and he’s hoping that the raindrops forecast for Saturday don’t keep people away.

“The more people we have the better,” he said, explaining volunteers will not actually be touching any needles.

“They’re just going to be our eyes,” Mr. Currier said. “People from the rescue squad who are trained will be handling those objects.”

Volunteers are asked to wear hard sole foot ware and long pants, he said.

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