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Kids Make a Truck Stop at the DPW

Christopher Tremonte, 10, has learned good financial habits. He's saving his money with a big goal in mind:

Christopher plans to buy a backhoe.

The big-vehicle enthusiast was one of many children visiting the Public Works Center Saturday for the seventh annual Open House and “Touch a Truck.” Horns were honking in the garage, where 14 machines workers use to maintain the city were parked and ready for inspection by little fingers. Children climbed over them all, including the 2007 Bobcat, the 2007 Carlton stump grinder and the huge recycling truck.

Parents were unanimous in their appraisal of the situation.

"They're having a ball," said Peter Nora, whose 5-year-old son, Philip, had best friend Erik Swenson, 6, along for the fun.

"They're having a blast," said Francine Mercer, mother of 2-year-old Owen and 6½ -year-old Kyle. "They're going on them all, they're all their favorites.

"This is his third year coming here, he loves it," said Lori Tremonte, Christopher's mom. "This is the reason we're here."

Christopher even knows how much a backhoe costs, she said.

"He's just so totally into construction," she said.

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