Saturday was a busy day in Tolland, as residents gathered at both the Tolland Fire Department and The Country Butcher open houses.
Politicians such as U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt and 53rd Assembly District challenger Christine Vincent joined in the festivities at both events.
Several hundred residents watched first responders extricate car crash victims during a demonstration, while 750 people enjoyed signature Country Butcher dishes and tractors displayed by the Scantic Valley Antique Engine and Tractor Club.
A total of 14 car seats were checked at the free car seat inspection check at the fire department event. All of the seats were being used improperly, due to expired seats, missing parts or improper use. The Windham County chapter of Safe Kids Connecticut and the St. Francis Hospital gave away ten seats at the event.
Safe Kids Connecticut recommends that infants stay in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old, although Connecticut law only requires that children are a minimum of one year old and 20 pounds.
The Savings Bank of Manchester Charitable Foundation also helps fund local car seat safety checks.
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