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Downtown Milton was the scene of fiery explosions, gun fights and cars being blown up sky high late November. But don’t worry, this was just Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart visiting our town for the filming of Man from Toronto.
Miltonians got a rare chance to see Hollywood close up with special effects as well as our downtown being transformed with many storefronts having temporary face lifts for the filming.
Woody Harrelson especially made himself at home in Milton. Each morning he would ride his bike through town. Many residents didn’t realize the man on the red bike who just rode past them was three time Oscar Award Nominee Woody Harrelson.
Harrelson an avid vegan who is also passionate about animal rights and sustainable foods stopped by The Green Eatery in downtown Milton to sample their vegan options and talk to the staff. He also took time to meet several local groups and did not shy away from talking to admiring Milton fans. From autographing an old VCR Tape of “Natural Born Killers” to taking a photo with a Milton Youth wearing a #miltonstrong mask – Woody won the hearts of many in our town during his short stay.
2020 has changed everything about our world from the way we do business and socialize, to the way we grieve. On October 7th the Townsend Smith Hospice Foundation hosted an online vigil on Zoom. Miltonians had to register in advance and were sent a link via email to log on, in order to participate.
In this uncertain time, in which we are witnessing sides of humanity that both shock and disappoint us, we can look to the shining examples of generosity within our community. Laurie MacNab is one such person, whose work in Milton has designated her Volunteer of the Year in 2020. But MacNab’s affinity for charity work began many years ago.
On Tuesday November 19th, the Rotary Clubs of Milton, Acton and Georgetown (the North Halton Cluster) held a dinner meeting at the Granite Ridge Golf club in honour of the District Governor Lesley Barmania (Rotary District 7080). This meeting served as an exciting opportunity for the members of the three clubs to connect with each other as well as to learn about the projects being undertaken by each club.
On a breezy summer evening, participants of Arts Milton’s Friendship Project gathered at the Milton Sports Centre park for a picnic celebrating the completion of this year’s program. The Friendship Project, now in its second year, connects newcomers to Canada with community host families. Together the partnered families attend arts and culture activities together from winter to spring each year.
July 13 was a sunny warm day, with a light breeze. It was the perfect summer day for the annual picnic Milton (MAM) at the Croatian Club Soccer Park.
The event included food, and, family activities as well as shows for the kids. The association began with a group of Muslim families meeting in basements for fellowship, and grew from there. “Miltonians are invited here, and on top of that, the proceeds from it go to the Milton District Hospital Foundation,” Mumtaz Warsi explained. Warsi, and Mehmood Khan are part of the team of organizers. MAM presents an annual cheque for $5,000 to MDHF, “That makes it a very unique event,” Warsi
Miltonians may have enjoyed their last Canada Day festivities at the Milton Fairgrounds. After more than 20 years of providing our community with a yearly celebration, the Milton Canada Day Committee will be retiring in 2019.
Once joined together with the Milton Santa Claus Parade Committee, the two events split off once they gained traction within the community. Committee Member of 15 years and Sponsorship Chair Pat Rideout explains, “As each event grew, it was decided that they should be separate entities.” The event was first hosted at Rotary Park but quickly outgrew the space and moved to its current location at the Milton Fairgrounds.
The beginnin Artists group owes a lot to happenstance as local artists g of the Escarpment came together to lend their creative talents to the Rotary Clubs ‘Camel Race’ fundraiser back in 2013.
“We had a really fun time together,” says Diana Tuszynski, artist and business owner, “so why don’t we take this group and do something with it. We decided it would be fun to show together, as it would be an efficient use of our time as well as to pool our resources.”
Hospices are residential palliative facilities dedicated to the care of patients near the end of their lives due to life-limiting illnesses, and their families. The provincial government leaves their establishment up to communities.