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Milton Town Council members Councillor Sameera Ali, Kristina Tesser Derksen and Rick Di Lorenzo were excited this week to be joining thousands of walkers and runners across Canada in the 2021 Run for Women raising help for women’s mental health programs at Halton Healthcare.

The 3 councilors got together to form a Milton Council team with themselves as walkers/runners and also received a financial donation from councillor John Challinor

The councillors walked up and down Main Street in Milton’s downtown core as well as Mary, King and Martin Street. Stopping at various business establishments and talking to local residents along the walk.

The Gallery Upstairs has announced the celebration of 45 years in business. This is a significant milestone for Owner, Hedi Nowak. Since opening in July 1976 she has proudly

built long-standing relationships with artists and clients in the Milton community and surrounding areas. A destination gallery for art and gifts— welcoming people time and time again for events and fun.

The Harrop Restaurant opened July 15, 1976 and was originally located at the Harrop Home, a century home in old Milton that Hedi purchased from the family. The art gallery was added in 1979. Throughout the last 45 years Hedi has created a successful business using her love and passion for art and people to keep her and The Gallery Upstairs a staple in the Milton community. She is always happy tosupport local and International charity and non-profit organisations, and can be found at almost every major event in town.

Fairy tales and superheroesare amongst the few children’s books that our generation grew up reading. No matter how much we indulge in gadgets and the digital world, children’s books are still popular among families giving time to bond with one another. But how many of you have actually had a chance to meet the author of your favourite book? The icing on the cake is when that author lives so close to home and belongs to the same roots as yours; let us introduce you to Miltonian Diksha Pal Narayan. An author, storyteller, community builder, culturally rooted, and an active part of the society who didn’t only present her son with her first book cover printed with his own name, “Ved and friends,” but believes to have her inner child active at all times.

On July 4th Milton celebrated it’s 164th anniversary. Milton was first incorporated on July 4th 1857. Yes we are older than Canada..

While Milton’s 164th birthday shows our town has a long history, you may be surprised to know that it’s now the 200 year anniversary when in 1821 Jasper Martin and his wife, Sarah, and their two young sons arrived from England and established themselves on 100 acres in the area now named Martin Street downtown Milton.

Jasper built his mill drawing it’s power from our 16 Mile Creek, and it turned the gristmill and helped drive settlers to our town. Which was then named Martin’s Mills but once they reached the stupendous population of 100 they met, gathered together and decided to change our name to Milton forever more.

The Halton District School Board is proud to announce that Lisa Bera, Grade 12 student at Milton District High School, has been selected to receive a Schulich Leader Scholarship, valued at $100,000, to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in her post-secondary education.

Selected for her outstanding academic and extracurricular activities, Bera is one of 100 recipients to receive this scholarship in Canada.

“Winning this scholarship is one of the best moments of my life, and for a few days, I couldn’t believe the news was true,” Bera says. “My parents have always emphasized excelling in academics and expressing the importance of accepting all learning opportunities. They feel proud of me and my biggest career achievement so far. Being a recipient of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship has also strengthened my motivation, aspirations and confidence that I will be able to make a positive contribution for the world.”

Milton Ontario has a great deal to offer when it comes to individual artists and creators. If you have been lucky enough to hear the voice of Milton Singer Antonella Vizzini, then you’ll be happy to learn more about her! And if you have yet to discover this performer – let me introduce you…

Antonella Vizzini moved to Milton from Toronto in 2001 when she married her husband Tony. The couple have two sons, including 17-year-old Dante and 11-year-old Luca. Antonella began singing at a very young age when she was encouraged by a music teacher in elementary school. She began performing professionally at the young age of 16. Since then, she has performed in song festivals, wedding ceremonies and receptions and various restaurants.

Holds Curbside Victorian Tea Fundraiser

Denise and Peter Mulé created the not-for-profit foundation known as Pack a Bag whose mission is to help those in need at Christmas. For the last seven years they have donated a backpack to the men, women, and children living in Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Burlington, and Oakville. Each backpack contains pajamas, an age-appropriate toy, hand knit scarfs and slippers, waterproof gloves or mitts, books, socks, a water bottle, a toque, a toothbrush and toothpaste, toiletries, etc.

This past Christmas of 2020, approximately 2,150 back packs were distributed to the following organizations: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton, Salvation Army (Milton Branch), St. Vincent de Paul, Grace Anglican Church, Food4Kids Halton (includes families in Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Oakville, and Burlington), Milton Transitional Housing, Food for Life, Milton Community Living, Community Youth Program, Shiafra Homes, Living Hope for Care and Counseling, Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf – Milton, plus individuals in the community.

Chef Melani Bastian is determined and tireless!

She recalls how the worthwhile cause of No One Goes Hungry started in Milton on November 1st 2020: “Along with volunteers we made 350 hot meals and gave away 50 GOOD food bags from Food For Life at Caribbean Vibes on Main Street East in Milton. Within one month the program (NOGH) grew and added Oakville on a Saturday from the QEPCCC from 3pm to 5pm. On Jan 7th 2021 NOGH we added Acton & Georgetown.”

Melani adds: “With many amazing volunteers from each town pouring in, the program has now grown to serving over 1400 meals per week and giving out over 100 GOOD food bags and over 100 Halton Food For Thought snack bags for the students.

The Shopper’s Drug Mart Run for Women, brought to you by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart™ program is the largest fundraising initiative for mental health services in the Halton community. Although this is not a new initiative for Shoppers Drug Mart, it is NEW for the Milton community as this is only the second year Milton District Hospital Foundation has been included as one of the beneficiaries. Milton District Hospital Foundation is encouraging the community to register to run/walk and show the other regions in this nationwide event what Milton can do!

Dr. Carolyn Malec, Community Family Physician and Hospitalist at Milton District Hospital says, “I’ve been participating in the Run for Women over the past few years with other physicians, friends and family. As a family physician,