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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 13, 2012 Members of Sheriff's Department K-9 Team Participate in USPCA Trials Corporal Tim Frates and his K-9 partner Joka stand with the award they received for taking first place in the Agility portion of the USPCA Region 4 Trials held in Vanvers, MA. Two Suffolk County Sheriffs Department officers took part in the 2012 United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 4 Canine Certification Trials, hosted by the Essex County Sheriff's Department at Danvers High School. Lending his extensive K-9 expertise to the event, Corporal Robert Connolly presided as one of the scoring judges for the trials, while Corporal Tim Frates participated with his partner Joka to become certified as a PD1 or Police Dog One, which means that the handler and K-9 meet or exceed the require- ments to become a Level I Police Dog. To receive certification, entrants must show proficiency in four primary categories: Obedience, Agility, Evidence & Suspect Search and Criminal Apprehension. Joining the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department for the two-day event were members of the Boston Police Department, Essex County Sheriffs Department, Milton Police Department, Gloucester Township Police Department in New Jersey and mem- bers of law enforcement agencies from New Hampshire and Connecticut. At the conclusion of the USPCA Trials, Corporal Frates and his partner Joka received PDI certification and also garnered special recognition for taking first place in the Agility portion of the event. Armed with his newly gained experience in navigating the trials as a first-time participant, Corporal Frates spoke about the challenging nature of the event and about his partner's efforts in securing the certification. "The PD1 is an optional K-9 certification for patrol K-9's," said Corporal Frates. "It takes quite a bit of time to prepare for it and it is a great accomplishment if you cer- tify. It was great to be a part of these trials and I'm proud of Joka for his performance." Dating back to August of 1971, the United States Canine Association has become the largest and oldest active organization of its kind, "Ever striving for the Betterment of all Police K-9 Teams." Region 4 of the USPCA consists of the fol- lowing states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The USPCA currently has 23 Regions and 2 Districts in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the USPCA, visit: www.uspca4.com. FITNESS ON THE PLAZA Expands with Free After-Work Bootcamp Classes The Boston Public Health Commission announced that as part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Boston Moves for Health program, Fitness on the Plaza will expand to include FREE after-work Fitcorp Boot- tration is not required, but participants are asked to arrive I0 minutes prior to the class. What you need to bring: Athletic clothing, athletic footwear and water bottle. For more info, contact wellness of the city by in- creasing access to free and low-cost physical activities and healthy living resources. Mayor Menino has chal- lenged Bostonians to lose one million pounds and move ten million miles Jt ~ "~. by Sal Giarratani It's Your Lucky Day Walking through Day Square in East Boston one recent morning on my way to my hash and eggs at the Elite, I looked on the ground and saw a piece of paper star- ing back up at me stating, "It's your lucky day." I wasn't exactly feeling very lucky entering Day Square nor did my gloomy affect change because of a scrap of paper resting at my feet after a trip in the wind. However, I did remember something my mother always said after reading the newspaper obitu- aries, "If I'm not listed, it's my lucky day to do more endless household chores." When I turned 40 years old many years ago, my good friend Charlie Ross sent me a birthday card that showed a flag atop a hill with the words, "Better to be over the hill than under the hill." I'll always drink to that idea. I enjoy the summer so much because it gets you active, the sun, blue skies and high temperatures. I always like speed walking along the East Boston Greenway from Day Square to Piers Park. Arriving there I stop and glance at the Bos- ton skyline across the har- bor. Boston is such a beau- tiful city especially on a summer day. As I look to the right, I can see over to the steeple of St. Francis de Sales high atop Bunker Hill Street and to my left, the old Boston Army Base. Seagulls "flying by and boats crossing the harbor directly in my view. On this particular day, I could see the U.S.S. Wasp in town for Navy Week. It was docked where once stood the old South Boston Naval Annex. My day was improving. The good for the body and your soul too. On the way to Piers Park, a young man was walking his gigantic Rott- weiler holding the leash tightly. I walked sliding to his left away from this large mountain of a dog as a lady allowed her little dog to run free dragging its leash. The dog started tormenting the Rottweiler, which stayed quite calm. The man yells at the woman to get her dog and she eventually does. As the lady leaves what could have been an ugly scene, the guy turns to me and says, "thank God" because his dog could have taken the little dog's head off. Word to the wise, leash your dogs at all times along the Greenway and don't forget picker uppers for poop dropping along the walk. Speaking of the Greenway, Massport recently placed two murals down there marking the old Immigration Station and East Boston's immigrant history. The faces at this pier tell the story of East Boston's every changing face. Two of my grandparents arrived in Boston from West Cork and the other two from Sciacca in the province of Agrigento in Sicily. Folks walking the Greenway or resting at Piers Park may not under- stand each other as far as language goes, but there is a true understanding seen in faces as folks say, "hi" and smile at each other. I still don't think I always have great days, but every- day you can see and under- stand the beauty that sur- rounds you is a lucky day. Sometimes the obvious isn't all that obvious, so don't be oblivious to it. See all the little things that really mat- ter and call yourself lucky. camp classes on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm starting duly 11, 2012 through August 29, except August 15 at City Hall Plaza at Government Center (outdoors rain or shine). This high-energy, outdoor interval class emphasizes endurance and strength using a variety of drills and techniques to hit all the major muscle groups. 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