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Channel 3 visits East Hartford on Monday

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Augie and Rays employees sporting 20 Towns in Twenty Days gear. (Augie and Rays Facebook) Augie and Rays employees sporting 20 Towns in Twenty Days gear. (Augie and Rays Facebook)

Channel 3 kicked off Monday with a trip to East Hartford for the next segment of 20 Towns in Twenty Days.

Eyewitness News has handed out more than $20,000 this month to many organizations, and on Monday the donation went to a cause in memory of a fallen officer.

The Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in Brian’s name.

The East Hartford police officer was killed in the line of duty in 1999.

On Monday, Channel 3 went to the East Hartford Police Department to make a $1,000 donation to the scholarship fund. They also received a $500 gift card from PC Richard and Son.

"All the guys behind me were there that night, the night it happened and as you can tell from the station, he's still a big memory in all our hearts and things like this just keep it going,” said East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom.

Brian was a Manchester Community College criminal justice student, and the scholarship was created by his family to help any child of an East Hartford, South Windsor or Hartford officer.

For more information on the scholarship fund, click here.

Channel 3 also stopped at an East Hartford restaurant that was founded in 1946 and was highly recommended by our Channel 3 viewers.

Augie and Rays is a popular spot, and former President Bill Clinton recently stopped by while campaigning for his wife.

The restaurant is run by Ray Hutt’s family on Main Street, and they serve up all kinds of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, including their famous hot dogs and chili.

"We used to kid about the hot dogs because my dad created the chili recipe and my brother, Butch and I had it and we used to say the old Coca Cola saying, we couldn't fly in the same plane together, we were the only two who knew it,” Ernie Hutt said, adding that he thanks the community that has supported he and his family all these years.

For more on Augie and Rays, click here.

Channel 3 also stopped by Connecticut-based Onyx Spirits Company that makes moonshine mainstream.

Since 2011, local corn, grains and Connecticut spring water have been used to make the moonshine.

After just a few years in business, the expanding line of spirits can be found in stores all over the region.

They also recently opened up a tasting room at their East Hartford distillery that is designed to look like a speakeasy.

"You come down the hallway, there's a secret bookcase doorway, of course we're at the back of a very old factory so it's very, very low key and that kind of adds to the allure of, I think, what makes it fun to come here and experience - and learn about how our products are made, taste them and really just kind of enjoy the full experience,” said Adam Von Gootkin, of Onyx Spirits Company.

The East Hartford location is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, click here.

To see more photos from our 20 Towns segments, click here.

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