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Milton’s prestigious award of Youth Athlete of 2021 has been awarded to Ismail Hassan. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Milton in June. Ismail helped

his school win the Halton Regional Championship and a triple-A OFSAA bronze medal in 2020.

Watching videos of his prowess on the basketball court, it is obvious that he is a sure force to reckon with in any game! He appears to have a keen ability to shoot and score! With over 500 hours for volunteering

In 2019, at about the same time that a volcano in New Zealand erupted, Rick Imus flew there. He stayed there for a while. On the big screen, he played the national anthems of Korea and New Zealand on his guitar for their national football matches (he also played O Canada). While in New Zealand he became aware of the similarities between the historic struggles of the indigenous people of that country and of Canada. Rick discovered that the Maori language was banned in New Zealand not very long ago. Now the Maori culture is respected in that country.

“If we stay alert,” Rick said, “we’ll find so many opportunities for connections with our indigenous people, especially in music.”

The students of the Rick Imus Studio are taught the intricacies of guitar playing; piano; drumming and vocal music. Occasionally students study several of these disciplines.

Miltonian Pranysqa Mishra has had a flair for music from an early age and loves to sing. After she watched the Disney movie Moana, she learned one whole song and her parents were surprised as she wasn’t yet 3 years old.  The lyrics of the song: ’How far I’ll go’ are significant because they tell of the hopes and dreams of Moana who wonders: ‘Every turn I take, every trail I track, every path I make, every road leads back to the place I know  (and….) there’s just no telling how far I’ll go!..’

Pranysqa was born in New Jersey. The family moved to Canada in 2015 and to Milton in 2018.  Now Pranysqa is 6 years old and attends Grade1 at Bruce Trail Public School, Milton. She has taken piano lessons from the Milton School of Music from the age of 4 and now continues to learn on line. Winning contests and accolades through the USA and Canada for her musical ability, she is confident, bright and charming. One of her favourite idols is Whitney Houston.

The Coldest Night of the Year event on February 20th2021 was possibly one of the coldest nights of the year so far in Milton

The day was cold in Milton, colder in the evening. Most participants, delighting in the glorious winter sunshine and picture perfect bright blue skies, walked during the day. Some chose to walk on a different date under the auspices of CNOY2021.

The Great Canadian Baking Show is a deliciously heartwarming programme to watch on the CBC each cold Sunday evening through the pandemic of February-March-April  2021.

The culinary creations are usually beautifully presented. Viewers get to watch the successes and failures of the participants from the safety of their couches, generally feeling removed from the stress as bread rises or caves in; elaborate icing designs dissolve and many great plans come to nothing. It is competition at its best and most exciting.

Milton is strong. Milton is always willing to reach out to help people in the community.

Mario Chagas’ middle name is Milton. The name Milton is quite common in Brazil. “In Brazil” he said, “everyone including my Mom always called me Milton!”

He lives in Milton Ontario, is a local contractor and owns and manages MC Trim.

Mario’s Facebook profile states: ‘We are passionate about the work we undertake and are happy to discuss your project and requirements. We provide the best carpenter and trim service. No job is too big. No space is too small. No project is the same.’

On March 17th the Ontario Provincial Government declared a State of Emergency concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, in response to this declaration and to avoid passing the virus to others, groups of more than 5 people were forbidden and social distancing was advised.This was challenging for church groups accustomed to gathering together for weekly services. Several church communities in the area have meetings streamed in a variety of ways.

When Laylo Atakhodjaeva started researching food waste in Canada she discovered that 40% of food basically ends up in landfills. She found out that stores might be throwing away perfectly edible food. “In my religion,” Laylo said “it is sinful to waste anything and I knew that I had to do something about it. After more research, I realized Community Fridges that have been so popular in Europe to reduce food waste could be ideal in Canada as well.”