Crowds come out to Celebrate Tolland
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
Hundreds turned out for the Celebrate Tolland event at the Tolland Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21. Many local businesses and organizations had displays presenting information, offering games and prizes, or with items for sale.
Jennifer Shaw and Pam Howe manned the Relay for Life of Tolland County booth, garnering interest about their event which will take place on May 17, 2014. “We’re telling people to save the date,” Howe said. “We need more teams from people in the community. The more people the better, because it’s an awesome cause – for the American Cancer Society.”
The Tolland High School RAGE Robotics Club was also on hand. Computer science teacher Betsy Dillard talked about the classes she teaches, including designing cell phone applications. “This is hands-on,” she said. “I get kids in my class asking questions that are strictly math-related, but they get a practical application of the math they use, and then they understand better.”
THS junior Andrew Davidson was demonstrating how he is fixing one of the club’s robots, which normally is able to pick up and throw basketballs, but needs some work. “I’m working on this hydraulic line,” he said. “I replaced some of the tubing for it, and then I re-plumbed it to make the outer arm control the inner arm, which raises and lowers the basketball.”
Many local restaurants offered samples and items for sale.
The event, in its third year, was moved from Tolland High School, in order to be closer to the center of town, as well as to be near the arts fair on the nearby Tolland Green.
Tolland Director of Recreation Tom Ainsworth said the event is a lot of work to put together, but there were a lot of groups and volunteers who came together to make it successful. “It’s a great event to bring the community together and showcase what’s good about Tolland, and it’s just a real fun day.”
For more information, visit www.tolland.org.