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Meriden police demonstrate K9 to Maloney Little Spartans

The children of the Little Spartans program got to meet K9 Kilo and Officer Jason Degumbia as part of their career week.

The program, run through the Meriden YMCA at Maloney High School, involves children ages three to five years old, teacher Kristen Erdos said. The class is participating in a career week, hearing from paramedics, firefighters, solar energy specialists and more. Degumbia stopped by the class on Thursday to demonstrate his job with K9 Kilo. Erdos and the other teachers, Heather Coitrone and Luz Diaz, prepared the students by reading them stories about police and asking questions.

“It gets them familiar with community helpers so they are not afraid,” Erdos said.

Charity Poker Run and Motorcycle Event a Success

The third time was the charm for the Meriden YMCA’s “Charity Motorcycle & Classic Car Poker Run & BBQ” at the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center and Day Camp on Saturday.

After two previous years of being canceled due to rain, this year’s event took off with the roar of motorcycles echoing against the mountains.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to provide services for the kids,” said Carrie Marquardt, Health and Wellness Director of the Meriden YMCA.

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