April Events Round-Up

April 9th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

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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How will You Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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On the 17th of March each year, people all around the world celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Patrick. While the day is observed to remember Saint Patrick and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland, it has become a truly global holiday.

What does Saint Patrick’s Day commemorate?

Originally, the day was marked as a way to celebrate the important role Saint Patrick had in the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. He died on March 17, so Saint Patrick’s Day is meant to commemorate the death a man who strongly impacted Ireland’s religion. Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans especially hold this day dear, but over time, Saint Patrick’s day has become a celebration of Ireland’s history and culture, too. Today, the holiday is a fun time for both Christians, the Irish, and decedents of Ireland to celebrate their religious and ethnic backgrounds.

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Adjust Your Clock this Weekend

March 5th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

The start of Daylight Saving Time in Canada is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014. That means it’s time to turn your clocks forward one hour and lose an hour of sleep!

Experts suggest that this is also a good time to check the batteries in some important household safety equipment such as:

·  smoke detectors
·  CO detectors
·  flashlights

Time will fall back to Standard Time once again this year at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November, which is Sunday, November 2, 2014 this year.

March Events Round-up

March 4th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Spring is just around the corner.  Here’s a taste of what’s going on in Milton this month.

March 4: Shrove Tuesday: Head out to your favourite breakfast spot for some pancakes.  Troy’s on Main St features 22 different kinds of pancakes.

March 5: 10am-12pm: National Probus Month: Probus is a networking organization for retired/semi-retired Professional Business people. Today they’re meeting at the banquet hall inside Milton Sports Centre, and hosting District 3 Director Ted Nixon, and a guest speaker.  Milton Sports Centre is located at 605 Santa Maria Blvd, Milton Ontario.

March 9:  Set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.

March 10: 9am-9pm: The Town of Milton offers drop-in programs for the March Break at their facilities until March 15.  Activities include free swims sponsored by Tim Hortons from 2:30-3:30pm daily from March 11-15. For more information on other activities visit the “March Break Page.”

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3 Groups Shortlisted for Milton Hospital Expansion

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Halton Health Services (HHS) has short-listed three companies to design build, finance, and maintain the Milton District Hospital expansion project.  The announcement follows a request for qualification which was sent out in August.

The groups each contained a Developer, Constructor, Architect, Financial Advisor, and Facility Manager.  The three groups are: Hospital Infrastructure Partners, Milton Healthcare Partnership, and Plenary Health.  “The companies selected have put together very qualified teams to work on the bids for this much needed hospital expansion,” HHS CEO John Oliver said.

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Taste Of Milton Returns for 2014

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On February 27 2014 Miltonians got a taste of what their town tastes like.  Twenty restaurants were packed into the Milton District High School (MDHS) gym.  The event served as a fundraiser, with tickets going for $25 each.

People were seated in tables of ten covered with black tablecloths.  Each place setting held a china plate with silverware, and plastic cups, with jugs of water to drink with the food.  The vendors were grouped around the outside, and attendees took their plates around for samples.

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Milton Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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On February 19, 2014 Milton District High School hosted a tribute to Nelson Mandela.  The former South African President died December 5, 2013.

The tribute was hosted by Halton Liberal Candidate Indira Naidoo-Harris, and presented in co-operation with the Mandela Legacy Committee.  John Piper spoke on behalf of the committee, whose goal is to honour Mandela’s legacy in Canada using Milton as an anchor for it, and “spreading it from coast-to-coast.

Naidoo-Harris has a personal take on Mandela, and apartheid.  Her family fled South Africa when she was young, and remembers being told she couldn’t go to an amusement park because of her colour.  “No child will ever have to cry because they couldn’t ride on the Ferris wheel because of Nelson Mandela,” she said in her opening remarks.

The highlight of the night was Ezrom Mokgakla.  Mokgakla was an activist who spent time in prison with Mandela. He, and other activists were told to go abroad to seek para-military training.  “Madiba told us to go to the east, and go to the west, and get the best ideas and bring them home.” He went as far-east as Shanghai, and as far as west as Vancouver. 

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Gerrits Competes as Milton Watches

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The Town of Milton found a unique way to celebrate family day this year.  After being a forerunner at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Milton’s Olympian Travis Gerrits was found himself the only Canadian competing in the aerials on February 17, 2014.   The Town celebrated by showing his competition on big screens at the Milton Sports Centre gym, banquet room, and in the building’s lobby.

People were handed a Canadian flag as they entered. The gym was quickly filled with fans; some sitting on mats, the rest standing at the back. All held their breath as Gerrits took his first jump at around 8:45am, and had an awkward landing.  Then it was time to wait as only the top 12 competitors advanced to the next round.  Four were eliminated from competition, and the top 8 advanced to round three.

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