Wednesday, Sept 7, 2022 – Miltonvale Park Happenings -First Day of School!
Resignation –Best wishes are extended to Lindsey Rhynes, who has resigned from Council as she is no longer eligible to serve, after her student status expired. Lindsey brought a caring, youthful perspective to Council over the past four years and we thank her for her service and commitment to the Rural Municipality of Miltonvale Park. Lindsey remains connected to the community as she is still a board member for the Milton Community Hall. We wish her all the best as she is getting established in her career after graduation from UPEI with her Sociology degree. No by-election will be held, as municipal elections are scheduled for November 7, 2022.
Miltonvale Community Park – The Community Park at 413 Sleepy Hollow Road is no longer staffed. Residents and friends are encouraged to visit the park from dawn to dusk. Please be respectful of the park property. Pickleball is continuing. Many thanks are extended to park students Eilidh MacDonald and Kate Gillis who provided lots of smiles and summer fun to youth who visited the park – and they gave out lots of dog treats too! The community garden is divided into four sections. The 2nd section from the road (between a wooden post and the community garden sign) belongs to the community. Residents are welcome to pick any cucumbers, tomatoes or beans in that small section. The upper and the two lower sections of the gardens have produce that belongs to residents who planted those plots, so please be careful if you are catching any available produce! The park will be checked sporadically and has video monitoring -but if it needs attention, please contact the Council office ([email protected] –monitored 7 days/week or 902-368-3090).
Coffee –Get to know your neighbors each Monday and Friday from 10 -11a.m. at the Milton Community Hall. Coffee, tea, and snacks are available by donation of coin or treats.
TOPS meets at the Milton Community Hall on Tuesdays at 6:15. For more information contact Joyce at 902-368-2055.
Card Parties – The hall is holding summer card parties (Auction) on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. until the end of September. Admission -$4.
Rock Painting – August’s Rock Painting session had to be postponed due to illness. Stay tuned for a new date.
Congratulations to Barbara MacPherson who won $62.50 the August 31st Milton Community Hall 50-50 draw. You can buy tickets at the hall -or send an e-transfer to [email protected] for the September 15 draw – Tickets are $3 each or 2/$5.
The North Milton Women’s Institute will be holding its reorganizing meeting on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Milton Community Hall. Any women in the community are invited to consider joining, and can drop by the hall to learn more, or visit https://www.peiwi.ca/. The WI meets on the 2nd Monday of the month -and is a great way to contribute to the community, and enjoy an evening out with neighbourhood women.
Platinum Jubilee Teas -The Milton Community Hall received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and is holding the third and final Platinum Jubilee Tea on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and dress is “summer garden party”. Call 902-566-3154 or email [email protected], to reserve a seat at your preferred tea. The deadline to reserve is Thursday 5 p.m., Sept. 15.
Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1:00 Margaret Prouse will be demonstrating potato recipes from PEI as part of the Year of Canada Seniors Project. Please register by noon on Tuesday, Sept 20 at the Council office. We are also organizing a presentation on lobster fishing -hopefully the last week of September. Watch for details.
Line Dancing classes begin again on Monday and Friday afternoons, beginning on September 12. The Monday classes are full, but there will be a 4-week beginner session on FRIDAYs at 1:30, Sept 16-Oct. 7 with Margot Postma. The cost is $20, and space is limited. Register at [email protected] or 902-368-3090.
Yoga classes are also beginning next week (Sept 13). Classes will be on Tuesdays, with mat classes at 8:30 a.m. and yoga in the chair at 10 a.m. The cost is $6 for Miltonvale Park residents and $7 for non-residents. The instructor is Leone Curtis.
Exercise classes with Michele Gallant will resume on Mondays and Fridays from 9-10 beginning on Monday, Oct 3.
The Milton Community Hall has Covid rapid tests (through the Red Cross Safe at Home Program) which can be picked up in the lobby at the hall (or we can run them out to your car if necessary!). We also have some KN95 masks and quite a few medical masks for folks who need them.
Municipal Elections – Reminder – that Municipal Elections take place on Monday, November 7… Have you ever thought about running for Municipal Council? Nominations will be open from October 12-21, 2022. There is lots of information available here: https://peimunicipalelections.ca/ or feel free to contact the Municipal Office or talk to a current Councillor to get an idea of the duties and time commitment.
The municipal office will be closed on Wednesday, Sept 21 as the CAO and Development Officer will be attending a training session until mid-afternoon. Sorry for the inconvenience. There is a Council meeting that evening at 7:30, so the CAO expects to be in the office once the workshop is over. As a reminder – Development Officer Mirko Terrazas is in on Wednesdays at the Milton Community Hall from 10-2 (though he is usually here til 5) and he can be reached at [email protected]. CAO Shari MacDonald has office hours on Tuesdays from 4:30—6:30 and Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. and 20 additional hours by chance or appointment.
The Wheatley River 4-H Club will be re-organizing soon – if you would like more information, please send me a note ([email protected]) and I will send you information as it becomes available.
Thanks to summer student Luke Doiron who was my assistant for the past few months – Luke organized lots of events for the Community Better Challenge, and lots of seniors events, including a very successful tour to Eastern PEI last week. Best of luck this year back at UPEI. Resident Brody McDonald was employed through the municipality to work with the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group, and was a great addition to the CAWG team. Colin Doiron and Emma Stevenson were employed this summer at the Milton Community Hall, and they will also be missed around the hall this fall!
We hope all the students and school staff members had a great first day of school and have an excellent year ahead… and that everyone gets to relax tonight -though I suspect that parents have lots of paperwork to fill out!