August Events Round-Up

August 7th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Here’s a taste of what’s going on in Milton for the month of August.

August 9: 8am-12pm: United Way Garage Sale:  A fundraiser for the organizations funded by the United Way.  Donations can be dropped off at their offices on Chris Hadfield Way.  For more information visit their website.

August 10: 10am-6pm: Italian Canadian Club of Milton (ICCM) hosts its annual picnic.  Bring the family out for a day of games, and have a look at their new Bocce courts.  $5 for non-members, $10 for an all-day game pass for kids. For more information visit their website.  The ICCM is located at 104 Tremaine Rd, Milton.

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West Nile Virus found in Halton

July 31st, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Officials in Milton have found the region’s first sign of West Nile Virus in a batch of mosquitoes trapped last week.  “This is the time of year we start to see positive lab results for West Nile virus,” stated Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Regional Medical officer of health. 

Meghani continued: “Halton Residents should protect themselves against mosquito bites and get rid of mosquito breeding sites now, and until the West Nile virus season winds down in the fall.” Mosquitos found in the urban areas are more likely to transmit WNV to humans.
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Milton Council Approves Laurier Land Transfer

July 30th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Milton Council took the latest step towards making a university campus a reality.  At their July 21 council meeting, councillors voted unanimously to endorse Wilfrid Laurier University’s submission to the provincial government.

The endorsement included the transfer of 150 acres of land valued at $50 million.  “We greatly appreciate the vision, and commitment shown by Milton’s civic leaders, who clearly value the transformational power of higher education,” Laurier President, and Vice Chancellor Max Blouw said.  The town has had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the university to bring a campus to Milton since 2008.

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July Events Round-up

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July 10: 7:30-9pm: Soundsational Summer Series: Bring your own lawn chair, and join Milton Concert Band at the Victoria Park gazebo for a concert.  Rain location is Hugh Foster Hall.  Can’t make it tonight? Don’t worry, concerts as well on July 17, and 24.    

July 12:  10am-4pm: Let the countdown begin! Celebrations marking one-year until the Pan-Am Games are being held at Milton Community Park. Admission is free; watch the town’s website for details. The Milton Community Park is located behind the Milton Sports Centre.

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ItaliaFest Raises Awareness for Townsend-Smith Foundation

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Milton’s La Rose Bakery was the setting, Sunday afternoon on June 8, for their third annual ItaliaFest benefiting the Townsend-Smith Foundation.  The foundation’s goal is to have a hospice built in Milton.

Townsend-Smith Foundation Co-founder Lyndon Smith is motivated by family.  His father-in-law spent time in a palliative care unit in a hospital.   He was unhappy there, and they had him moved to a hospice in Richmond Hill.  He died in his sleep the same night.  Smith was also a caregiver to his wife Tessie during her battle with cancer.  Initially he cared for her at home, but as she progressed he was unable to balance caring for her, along with his work. The hospice was the only the answer; a place where the caregivers can become family again.

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May Events Round-up:

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Here’s a taste of what’s going on in Milton for the month of May.

May 17: 7:30am-12pm: The Farmer’s Market returns to Main St Milton.

May 18: 11am-6pm: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 136’s 85th anniversary: Milton’s Pt. Joe Waters Branch is celebrating their 85th anniversary from May 16-18.  Today’s activities include a remembrance service at Victoria Park with a lunch to follow at the Legion.  For more information call: 905-876-9005.

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Naidoo-Harris Launches Campaign

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Halton’s Liberal Candidate wasted no time kicking off her campaign Monday May 5.  She had some high-powered help from Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Wynne stopped by to help Naidoo-Harris open the campaign office.   

Naidoo-Harris credits her volunteers for helping her set it up the evening before. “I walked in here and there were like 20 people here.  They were doing the jobs, they were getting things ready.”  Naidoo-Harris arrived the next morning to find the office full of well-wishers, and supporters.  She cut the ribbon in front of the office, and then it was off for a run with the Premier.  Wynne did a circuit of Milton’s Mill Pond before ending up on Main St outside the office. 

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April Events Round-Up

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Here’s what’s going on in Milton this month:

April 9: 6:30pm-9pm: CARP Monthly Meeting: The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) holds its monthly meeting for the Halton region.  This month focuses on “What You Need to Know to be a Smart Consumer; a presentation from the Ministry of Consumer Services.  For more information call: 905-465-2583

April 12:  9am-1pm: Milton Historical Society Annual Garage Sale:  Waldie’s Blacksmith Shop hosts the annual garage sale.  Donations will be accepted between 12-8pm on April 11, 2014.  They can arrange for pick-up goods starting April 7.  No large furniture, or second-hand clothes.  Waldie’s is located at 16 James St. Milton Ontario.  Call 905-875-4156 for more details
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Students Learn Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Students at Milton District High School (M.D.H.S.) started their day March 17, learning about the dangers of distracted driving.  At 8am they were met by officers from the Milton Police Station to watch a video, and power point presentation on the dangers of distracted driving.

The students then boarded a bus with officers and asked to watch and write down incidents of distracted driving.  Over a space of two hours the students identified 57 incidents of drivers using their cell phones.  The kids also took the “Pledge to end Distracted Driving” which asks people to protect lives by never talking on the phone/texting while driving, be a good passenger, and encourage friends, and family to drive phone-free.   

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March Break Crafts and Activities

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March break is here and if you are looking for ideas that will spark their creativity and include a bit of learning, how about some Spring activities?

Plant Seeds

Kids love to plant seeds and it’s a great learning activity. If you have space for an outdoor garden, work with your children around what they want to plant. Grab some flower pots and get the seeds growing indoors. Some of the easiest things to plant include tomatoes and squash, though keep in mind that squash will need a lot of room to grow. If you don’t have much outdoor garden space, remember that you can container grow tomato plants. Another idea is to start some container herbs. The easiest is basil, though coriander is also a good choice for a sunny space.

If you are thinking about flowers, some of the easiest to grow include nasturtiums and zinnias. To make it a great activity for the kids, save up your egg cartons and use those to start the seeds. Then help them make a calendar (nothing special, a simple check list will do) so that the kids can do the watering.
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