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On Saturday October 2, the Community Foundation of Halton North (CFHN) hosted Webathon 2021 and reached its goal of $100,000. This event was a hybrid event, combining CFHN’s physical presence at both the Milton and Georgetown Farmers’ Markets and at the new home of CFHN, with an online celebration on a platform called Pheedloop which featured local charities.

The online virtual piece of Webathon 2021 included 10 hours of programming, exhibiting a series of interviews and videos. It talked about the work of CFHN, local participating charities, generous sponsors and the importance of these coordinated efforts within the community.

Milton’s annual Bocce Ball Tournament took place Saturday October 16 at the Italian Cultural Centre of Milton raising funds for the centre’s roof rehabilitation. The event aptly names Beer, Bites and Bocce was a great success. The clouds and wind left just when the games were starting to make for a sunny and warm game day event. The Rotary Club of Milton also donated their time to help with the BBQ and food.

To celebrate Ontario Public Library Week (17-23 October) and Canadian Library Month, Milton Public Library will be hosting its fourth annual fine forgiveness programme in partnership with the Milton Community Resource Centre in support of MCRC’s Infant Food Bank.

The Food for Fines campaign will run from 17th October to 7th November, 2021. This initiative invites patrons to bring in nonperishable food items or diapers to any of MPL’s three locations, to help local families in need, in exchange for the waiving of fines on overdue library materials.

On Friday afternoon, September 10, after another sellout event of 288 golfers at Granite Ridge Golf Club, the 21st Mayor’s Golf Tournament for United Way in Milton announced a net donation to the upcoming 2021 United Way campaign of $200,000, an increase of almost $8000 over the previous best year. With no closing banquet this year, the initial total was announced as $196,318 before the golfers teed off. Additional funds were added during the event. Then double Gold sponsor Mattamy Homes generously offered to ‘top up’ the total to an even $200,000. The event benefits from tremendous support from dozens of corporations doing business in the Town of Milton, with record numbers of major sponsors including 24 Gold and 30 Silver corporate sponsors.

While in York, Ontario, Joseph received from the Crown, 100 acres of land – Lot 14 Concession 2, Township of Trafalgar in Halton County in the District of Gore – now the town of Milton, Ontario. After moving in, on October 15th 1821, Jasper bought another 100 acres from neighbor John Whitfield for £10. Realizing that the pioneers in that area needed a grist mill, he went to work, and by 1822 he had a grist mill in operation. In 1825 he set up a sawmill and an ashery.

‘It might be said that Milton owes its early existence—from the Canadian Champion Newspaper, January 1955)

The area that became known as Milton in the Township of Trafalgar had settlers as early as 1807. It was covered with forest and marshland. The 16 Mile Creek ran through from the ‘Mountain’ to Lake Ontario. The creek originally crossed Main Street three times but was eventually straightened to its present location. Jasper Martin dammed the creek in 1822 and created the Mill Pond, first by hand digging and then using ox drawn barges.1825 started the Saw Mill.”

Earlier this year, for the first time across Canada, the Navy League of Canada was honored by the Town of Milton when Mayor Gordon Krantz proclaimed May 2021 as Navy League Month!

The Milton Branch of the Navy League of Canada was established 35 years ago with the intent of raising good citizens through the Sea Cadet program by co-sponsoring the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) CHAUDIERE, which runs a program for young Canadians ages 12 – 19. Last year, the Milton Branch opened another cadet unit for younger kids. The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC)ADVENTURE is solely run by the Milton Branch, and it runs a program developed for younger audiences, ages 9-12 on Friday evenings. Both programs run along nautical lines and cadets learn the basics of seamanship, navigation, nautical knots and other topics in citizenship and leadership.

On August 1, 2021, the clouds parted on a forecasted rainy day to allow for the 1st inaugural celebration of Emancipation Day in Milton, Ontario. Organized by the Canadian Caribbean

Association of Halton (CCAH), led by VP Sheldon D. Williams, this event marks the beginning of a celebration for many years to come. In collaboration with other community leaders – Milton Public Library, Arts Milton & the African Caribbean Council of Halton (ACCH), the day was filled with a celebration of freedom and harmony of a community.

Canadian Indian Association of Halton Region celebrated India’s 75th Indian Independence Day with its first-ever tri-city drive-thru. The day started at 8:45 AM at the Milton Sports Centre, and from there, over 30 cars made their way towards the Town Hall of Oakville. The convoy moved towards Burlington City Hall later on and finished the event at the Milton Sports Centre.

At each location, the Canadian Indian Association hoisted the flag and sang the Canadian and Indian National Anthems, and some dignitaries shared their thoughts on the occasion.

In August the Dads of Milton (The DoMs) held their fi rst annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of The Special Friends Network (SFN). The SFN is a social and life skills building group that focuses on supporting our youth and young adults with Neuro-diff erences and disabilities by holding events that foster social relationships, community outreach and inclusion.

Over 80 golfers enjoyed a great day of golf with included lunch and afterwards a great steak dinner at Rad Brothers. The event was a huge success with the support of many local business sponsors and community support. Afterwards at East Side Mario’s there was a special cheque presentation the Special Friends Network of $7185 that was raised.