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Milton Strong 2020

Federal and provincial orders at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 required numerous businesses to shutter their brick and mortar storefronts, and for many others to put their products and services on hiatus. Local resident Jeffrey Pereira was immediately concerned for local businesses – and he and fellow Miltonian Paula Rousselle quickly founded the Facebook Group “#miltonstrong – Support for your local businesses” on March 19.

Milton Runners Support Milton District Hospital Foundation

On June 23rd organizers of the Milton Running Group Speaker Series presented a donation cheque to the Milton District Hospital Foundation for the COVID-19 response Fund. The Speaker Series, held online, throughout the COVID-19 lockdown raised over $1000!

“A speaker series for Milton runners in support of Milton District Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Up your running game by getting tips from professionals, find a local running group and run at an appropriate pace.”, says the Milton Running Speaker Series Facebook page. Milton residents Ron Gorospe, Deanna Orsi and Emil Matacz banded together during the lockdown to create the Milton Running Speaker Series as a temporary, online initiative for Milton runners to learn more and get better at running safely while raising money for the MDHF.

Knights of Columbus Supports Townsend – Smith Foundation

On June 18th the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus presented representatives of the Townsend-Smith Hospice Foundation with a donation from the proceeds of a charity Valentine’s Dinner and Dance that was held earlier this year.  Through the support of the Milton community, the Knights were able to present a cheque in the amount of $5000!

“Thank you to the businesses of Milton for supporting this event.  Without your help we wouldn’t have been able to make this donation,”  says Daniel Varanelli, a member of the Knights, who along with fellow Knight Michael O’Gorman were the chair organizers of Valentine’s Dinner and Dance event.

Care4Cause Foundation

Care4Cause Foundation – a new sister organization of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation gives back to the community

The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation’s new sister organization Care4Cause Foundation made a donation of 200 CareKit bags to the Salvation Army Khi Community Food Bank and the Halton Women’s Place. Each bag donated had approximately $60 worth of hygiene and lifestyle products, a very rare, yet needed donation.

Today is the anniversary of the last public hanging in Milton.Tragic story as documented in the Milton Canadian Champio.n at the time

Today marks the 158th anniversary of the last public hanging in Milton.   It was held in what is now Victoria Park.  Edward Keenan, 18 years of age at the time was hanged for the murder of his mother.  But it was the opinion mentioned in Milton’s Champion newspaper, that many considered the father Jimmy Keenan guilty, and that the son refused to incriminate his father suffered death rather than reveal the dreadful secret.   The Milton Canadian Champion’s opinion on the matter was that if Edward Keenan was the guilty party, he was too intoxicated to know anything about it.  The local sheriff at the time questioned the fairness of the trial, but was unable to have the sentence commuted to imprisonment.  Following the hanging the Sheriff resigned in disgust.