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01: CKSS students host a community multicultural dinner. 02: Getting directions. 03: Adamo in the tree. 04: CKSS students snowboarding. 05: Lucille watching Jake brand her log.
06: Juliet and Avery. 07: Christina and Elyssa. 08: Pierce loving the Maple Taffy. 09: CKSS students travel to Peru. 10: Dr. Hayden meets and greets CKSS students. 11: CKSS Special Olympians.
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SHOW HER YOUR LOVE 0I SPEND ACTUAL TIME Face to face, no cell phones: just your undivided attention.
02 RECREATE OR RECAPTURE TIME Re-live a past memory. Have an outing or your usual “go-to” activity. Just do it with love!
03 WINE & DINE Take her out to her favourite restaurant. This is always a special treat for Mom.
Mothers Day Fact
MOTHER’S DAY COINCIDES WITH MANY ANCIENT SPRING & FERTILITY FESTIVALS
04 TAKE MOM OUTDOORS Spring is the perfect time to reconnect in Nature.
05 USE YOUR WORDS Mom will never know how much you Love her, unless you tell her.
COMMUNITY EVENTS April 14-16
Easter at Springridge Farm • springridgefarm.com
Talk About Talent – in aid of Milton District Hospital Foundation miltoncentreforthearts.ca
Milton Rotary Denim & Diamonds Dinner & Dance • miltonrotaryclub.com
Earth Day • earthday.org
80s & 90s Dance Party – Thompson Lions Hall Arena • girlsinchalton.org
Empty Bowls Lunch supporting Milton Transitional Housing miltontransitionalhousing.ca
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre • miltoncentreforthearts.ca
Spring Craft Show at Country Heritage Park • miltonfarmcraftshows.com
Opening Day Halton County Radial Railway Museum • hcry.org
AstroCATS Canada’s Largest Astronomy & Telescope Show • astrocats.ca
Milton – Halton Mandarin MS Walk • mssoc.convio.net
Farmer’s Market • miltonfarmersmarket.ca
Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee • miltoncentreforthearts.ca
Spring Lockdown • countryheritagepark.com
CF Walk – The Fairgrounds • countryheritagepark.com
Dundas International Buskerfest • www.dundasbuskerfest.com
Milton Street Festival • downtownmiltonstreetfestival.ca
Ball Hockey Tournament in Support of ROCK • ball-hockey.ca
Food Truck Festival at Springridge Farm • springridgefarm.com
Take a Ride for MacKids – Caring for Little Kidneys Campaign • on.fb.me
Fords in the Park • countryheritagepark.com
Dear The Wine Ladies,
We used to drink Valpolicella quite a few years back and recently came across one you mentioned on one of your shows Negrar Ripasso, which we very much enjoyed. I’d like to know a little more about this wine and the region. Thank you Wine Ladies! - Jackie
THE WINE LADIES Q&A Dear Jackie, Vino from Veneto... love the wines, love the region! Valpolicella is a wine that comes from the region of Veneto, located in the north east of Italy, home of the “big gun” Amarone and Romeo and Juliet!
The methodology of “ripasso” is an ancient wine making technique used for centuries in Valpolicella wineries, which gives the wine more structure, body and fuller flavour. How? Ripasso” literally means “re-passed”. After the fermentation process when producing an Amarone (which uses grapes that have been dried for several months.) the same skins of those dried grapes are then used for the production of Valpolicella Ripasso. These dried grape skins add body, character, complexity and a boost of alcohol strength. The Negrar Ripasso Valpolicella Classico is dark ruby red in colour, is seductive in the nose with lush blackberry and black licorice notes and a hint of spice Full bodied, velvety smooth, rich and with a good finish.
When a Valpolicella is classified as a Classico and done in the ripasso method, the wine reaches new heights in flavour, texture, body and aromatics! The designation of “classico” requires the grapes to come from the original Valpolicella production zone which was later adjusted in 1968. The great majority of grapes used are the same as for Amarone, the Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella varietals although small percentages of a few others are permitted.
Negrar is a cooperative winery founded in 1933 and located in the Classico area of Valpolicella. With 210 farmers/ partners producing typical grapes for Vapolicella on a surface of 530 hectares, they are one of the major producers of Amarone, Valpolicella and Ripasso wines.
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Profile: Mayor Gordon Krantz
NAME: Mayor Gordon Krantz BIRTHPLACE: Milton Heights NICKNAME: Gordo WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Milton FAMILY/PETS: Grand Puppy Kayla, a 6 year old cockapoo. She visits regularly and has sleepovers. 1. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION? Every Monday my staff and I start off with about 10 issues or concerns that need to be addressed. My greatest satisfaction is having successfully dealt with or attempted to deal with each issue to everyone’s satisfaction.
2. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN? In my public life – Never take yourself too seriously. Always make sure your public life does not interfere with your private life.
3. IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Jokingly says – To walk on water but only if it is frozen.
4. WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
Mayor Gordon Krantz
Community means FAMILY.
5. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU? I have never smoked. Working in the oil and gas industry was a huge deterrent.
6. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I was in a barber shop many years ago and was complaining about something when one of the guys said to me “if you don’t like it, do something about it”. That inspired me to run for office. Democracy may never be right but you can continuously work at it and engage each other.
DEMOCRACY MAY NEVER BE RIGHT BUT YOU CAN CONTINUOUSLY WORK AT IT AND ENGAGE EACH OTHER.
7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? I really enjoy the old County and Western Movies, especially John Wayne movies.
8. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? What really makes me laugh are wise jokes, good humour and slap stick comedy. I especially enjoy watching the old shows I Love Lucy and Petticoat Junction.
9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT? As a family we would become gypsies for a month in the summers and drive our house trailer all over Canada and the United States. A special vacation was a dinner cruise in the South Pacific (Hawaii) with my wife on June 28th, it was our 50th anniversary.
10. IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Stay Tuned - Stay Positive. CC
MAYOR GORDON KRANTZ
Mayor Krantz on his swearing in Day - December 1st, 1980.
Mayor Krantz’s signature “thumbs up”.
fun facts: • Was a pretty good Baseball player • If I was not the Mayor, I would like to be flipping burgers at McDonalds • I like to channel surf, which annoys my wife
NEVER TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR PUBLIC LIFE DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH YOUR PRIVATE LIFE
• Married 59 years this June • Sworn in as Mayor of Milton December 1st, 1980. I wear the crown as the longest standing Mayor in Canada. • I have a jar a jelly beans that my wife gave me when I was sworn in as Mayor. Although everyone thinks Ronald Reagan started that trend, it was all me. • On my desk I have three bobble heads – Walter Gretzkey, Deadmaus and Hazel McCallion, who is always looking over my shoulder. • Did you know Deadmaus is from Milton? Mayor Krantz getting instructions from Brenda and Laura.
UNITED WAY OF MILTON
It was an amazing family fun evening to celebrate the United Way of Milton’s Touchdown Celebration at the Velodrome on Friday March 24th. The highlight was the turning of the final tally, which surpassed the initial goal, of $1,002,312! Representatives of over 26 organizations were there as well as Councillors and of course Mayor Krantz. Way to Go Milton!
01: Rick Di Lorenzo with his son Kevin. 02: Gen, Kate, Ruddy, David, Dave and Darlene. 03: Laura, Naeem and Colin Best. 04: The total raised to date!
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CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
SERVING SIZE: Makes 12 NOTE: If I don’t have buttermilk, I mix the milk and lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes, and voila... buttermilk!
WITH TOMATO, BASIL, SPINACH & SMOKED MOZZARELLA
Makes: 8 large pieces
Most of us have seen or eaten (or tried to make) cauliflower pizza crusts, mostly yielding unsuccessful results. They don’t taste great and definitely do not resemble pizza at all. You can stop at this one! You will most likely fool the pizza lovers at your table. It even picks up like pizza! You can make this completely gluten-free if you swap the spelt flour for a gluten-free flour such as chickpea flour, gluten-free oat flour or an all-purpose gluten-free flour.
FOR T H E C RU ST
STE P 01
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Preheat oven to 500˚F and place the oven rack on the second from the lowest position. Heat a cast iron flat top sheet or a cookie sheet (lined with foil if you wish) in the oven as it preheats.
1 small cauliflower, florets only, 4 finely riced level cups* 1/2 cup (60gm) spelt flour (or any flour you like) 1/2 cup (40gm) almond meal/flour 1 egg, beaten 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 cup (60-65gm) finely grated mozzarella cheese 2 tbsp olive oil
STE P 02
Measure 4 cups of riced cauliflower* in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stopping halfway to toss. When cool enough to handle, squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower using paper towels. Allow the cauliflower to cool a little before adding the egg and cheese.
MY T O P P I N G S
STE P 03
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Add the two flours, salt, garlic powder and stir well. Add the egg and cheese and work the dough with your hands so that it is all evenly distributed.
1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered handful of spinach 10 basil leaves torn *to “rice” the cauliflower, place the florets in the food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse the cauliflower until it resembles rice.
STE P 04
Carefully remove the sheet from the oven, place it down on a heatproof surface. Brush the sheet with the olive oil. Spread the cauliflower mixture in a large oval, making a lip, like a “pizza crust edge.” I will spread it as much as I can with my hands (it is hot), then sometimes put a piece of parchment on top of the flattened cauliflower and using a rolling pin, roll over the parchment to make even thinner, then make a nice raised edge.
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STE P 06
Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes, cut and enjoy!
School Life CRAIG KIELBURGER
SECONDARY SCHOOL March Break has come and gone and the staff and students at CKSS hope it was a relaxing break to gear up for the home stretch of Semester 2. We have been busy making sure all of our students are engaged and learning so that they can continue to make the community around CKSS a wonderful one! Our wrestling team competed very successfully at the OFFSA tournament
of construction projects including building a roof, a wall and a window, as well as putting in a new door and working on various plastic and paper recycling projects. Working in partnership with community members and helping to provide students in the community of Ollantaytambo with a safe learning environment was an enriching experience for our CKSS students and demonstrated their active global citizenship. Next March we are heading to India! Please contact Tania McPhee at mcpheet@hdsb. ca for more information!
SOME GREAT EVENTS COMING UP IN APRIL INCLUDE:
start as we wish our teams the best for the rest of the season on the
Canadian Team Math Competitions University of Waterloo
pitch. As always the focus is on healthy active living and our students
Euclid Math Contest
at the beginning of March. The soccer season got to a chilly but rocking
have had the privilege of taking part in many trips throughout Halton to test their skills against the elements. As the weather warms up, there will be many more opportunities for our adventurous bunch. The grade 11/12 Healthy Active Living Leadership and Fitness class ran a community, multicultural dinner with the help of Active Chef, a registered Canadian charity that aims to promote health and well being.
Fryer/Galois/Hypatia Math Contests I’m sensing a trend here. CKSS rocks at math! April 20/21/22 Senior Show presents The Crucible starting at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door. It will be haunting and amazing. It also contains mature themes and language and is not appropriate for small children.
They made 4 international dishes that were enjoyed by everyone. In an effort to fundraise for the event the class also created Healthy Lifestyle baskets and cookbooks, which they raffled off during Parent’s night last Thursday March 23. The class hopes to run the community dinner next
year with the addition of presenting cultural dance. Staff, students and parents had a wonderful time learning how to make wonderful dishes
Gary Allan High School provides the opportunity for Adult and Alternative
and really... who doesn’t like a good gift basket?
Students to complete credits towards the achievement of their high school diploma, for post-secondary preparation or to upgrade their
The Spartan spirit is alive and well in all of our programs. On March 22
skills for the workplace.
our students and staff joined with students from the other CPP programs in Halton to enjoy competition, good fun and social involvement. These
Registration for this school year is now closed but Pre-registration for
events are a great way for us to stay connected with students and staff
2017/18 will open in May.
from other schools. We also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Frank Hayden, after whom the school is named. Dr. Hayden has had a distinguished
Our adult and alternative students are working diligently on their self-
academic career and brought the Special Olympics movement to Canada
paced in-class and online Business, English, Science, Math and Social
from the United States. He met with some of our students who participate
Sciences courses. College and University Applicants are focussed on
in Special Olympics here in Milton.
getting their courses completed as soon as possible, working towards acceptance in their post-secondary programs while others are preparing
CKSS hosts a number of SHSM programs and on March 28, more than 40
for their career of choice.
of our students went to White Oaks Secondary School to compete in the Halton Skills Competition. It’s an amazing day of learning, camaraderie and
In our Adult Education program we are piloting a GLS/PLAR course
school spirit as our best tech students compete in a myriad of disciplines.
to assist new immigrants and students that have been out of school
CKSS won 23 medals - 6 gold, 13 silver and 4 bronze - amazing! We
for a period of time and want to earn an Ontario High School Diploma.
have to give an extra shout out though to our auto body students. The
This program will allow students to earn up to 27 credits towards the
CK ladies are killing it in a traditionally male dominated competition and
required 30 credits.
their teacher couldn’t be happier, thus these really cool T-shirts. Way to go ladies - gold and silver medalists, by the way.
Our Alternative programs provide a closely monitored, integrated program that combines career and life education with individualized instruction
Over this past March Break, fifteen CKSS students and two educators
for credit courses in a small class setting. Teachers work hard to build
travelled to Peru on a service learning trip. Students visited Machu Picchu
a caring and inclusive learning community centered on wellness, equity,
and other ancient Incan ruins, like Sacsayhuaman however, the main
respect, and collaboration. Career exploration and work opportunities are
reason for their trip was to work with a non-profit organization in a local
integrated into the academic program to create a diverse and engaging
pre-school in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Students worked on a variety
learning experience. Field trips, guest speakers and volunteer experiences
facilitate self-actualization and skill development. Our goal is to provide a meaningful educational experience for students and help them to develop the skills necessary to earn their high school diploma and transition successfully into the workplace, or other post-secondary destinations. More information about our programs, and upcoming events can be found on our school’s website www.garyallan.ca , Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/GaryAllanSchool or Twitter: https://twitter.com/ garyallanschool
UPCOMING EVENTS APR 6
Alternative Student Bake Sale – in support of Halton Food for Thought
APR 14 & 17 Easter APR 28
are a number of great activities planned for the day including workshops and speakers, music and dance and a chance to meet some great new friends who have a common interest in understanding and embracing our differences.
TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES 36 MD high school students travelled to White
Oaks Secondary School on March 28th to compete
HOME OF THE MUSTANGS
Students competed in a number of technological
ENGLISH, ARTS, FRENCH @ MILTON DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
repair, health care, culinary, fashion, carpentry, electrical,
March 31st to April 1st the MD Improv Team will be attending the Canadian Improv Games Regional Tournament. Should they place first or second the team will be invited to the National Competition, held in Ottawa
in the Annual Halton Skills Competition.
disciplines - computer engineering, robotics, automotive communication technology, video editing, and small engines to name a few. Halton students, MD students in particular, displayed their wealth of knowledge and skills they have acquired in that are
from April 19-22.
proving ever more necessary in our increasingly technologically advanced
On May 16 and 17 the MD Concert Band will be competing in the MusicFest
up the type of education we experienced when we were kids; however,
world. For many of us, the concept of technological education conjures
Nationals in Niagara Falls.
the new breed of technology-savvy students are way beyond what we
The French department had three Milton District students take part in the
cutting edge technology and software programs, as well as learning the
Concours d’oratoire or Halton Wide French Speaking contest. Denzil Boyd, Alexandria Kim, and Kaustaubh Purohit. Kaustaubh won our school level competition, competed at White Oaks Secondary School, and received a
could have envisioned. Students are using 3D printers, CNC machines, fundamental skills that are still so necessary to the functioning of our society, including plumbing, electrical and carpentry.
second place prize. Congratulations to all of our participants!
Students from Milton District placed 2nd in home building, 6th in
CANADA AND WORLD STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
engineering disciplines. Other competitors had a great time competing
On Monday, March 27th, 88 year old Holocaust survivor Max Eisen spoke to students at Milton District HS. Mr. Eisen was only 15 years old when he and his family were deported to the Auschwitz death camp from Hungary in 1944. He lost his entire family at the camp and a total of 60 extended relatives to the Holocaust.
in Mastercam competitions, and healthcare.
Max spoke to students about how chance intervened to save his life when a Polish doctor took him on as a orderly in the camp infirmary. His story is one of vigilance against prejudice and discrimination and how people can never be bystanders when acts of injustice occur around them.
Speaking of diversity and human rights, MDHS Is hosting the Gender and Sexuality Conference on April 27th for all GSA’ in North Halton. There
automotive repair (out of a large field!) and 3rd in several computer
We’re so very proud of our Mustangs; not only how they competed, but how they carried themselves in competition representing our school! Well done Mustangs!
Euclid Math Contest
Taste of Milton (Sold Out)
Blue Jays Spirit Day
Term 2 starts
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Terra Cotta Conservation Area held its annual Maple Syrup Festival during the month of March. There were many activities for the whole family such as demonstrations, a local vendor marketplace, wagon rides, magic and puppet shows and the popular taffy making. Delicious pancake breakfasts were served all day. Young and old lined up to get their Maple Taffy and sit by the open fire. In spite of the frigid temperatures many guests came out to enjoy a true Canadian experience.
01: Chantalle and Reuven in the Tool Shop. 02: Leo and Stacey with their children, Pierce, Mia, Abigail and Scarlett. 03: Huddling for warmth are Rico, William, Cristina and Gina. 04: Keeping warm by the fire. 05: Alyssn and Eric enjoying Maple Taffy. 06: Lining up for the Maple Taffy.
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CRESTVIE W GARDEN CENTRE BOOK REVIEW
TO BE SAVOURED
BY PETA-GAYE NASH
heryl Antao-Xavier’s book of poetry Bruised But Unbroken takes us on a deep, soul searching journey through the ups and downs of life. As she reflects on her journey, at times heart-wrenching, we can’t help but reflect on ours. A thorough reading takes us away from the petty details of our lives and into our common humanity as men and women, parents, immigrants, Canadians, and people. From the many tributes to her adopted Canada and into distant cultures, we recognize our childhoods, our failures and successes in this contemporary and timely collection. Bruised but Unbroken is a revised version to encompass more of the Unbroken element, less on the Bruised, and according to AntaoXavier, written for bruised spirits trying to survive and move on. The book does that with themes of growth, nature, belonging, sadness, overcoming, and finally acceptance and love. It’s sprinkled throughout with Haiku and photos, and divided into sections of War and Peace, Vignettes of Life and Mind Shift.
Antao-Xavier, a Canadian by choice for twenty five years, describes herself as a learner with the goal of discovering new voices, new material and inspiration. Her publishing company In Our Words Inc. looks for diverse voices and new material. She’s helped many writers publish their debut work of poetry, fiction and playwriting. Her message to would-be poets is to let the expression come through. Show your experience and let the reader make up their own mind about it. Don’t hit the reader over the head with the message. Bruised But Unbroken is meant to be savoured, slowly, reflectively, as words leap from the page and bury themselves within us, changing the way we view our world forever. It’s a winter’s day prescription to slow down, reflect and ultimately, recognize in others, ourselves. In the words of Antao-Xavier’s poem Utopian Moments,
Beautiful wintery scene snow-covered world outside my window nestled in home comfort: a good book, a steaming beverage good company at a distance. This is my Utopia. This is how Bruised but Unbroken must be savoured.
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