Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spotlight on The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is the center of senior recreation in the City of Milton. Marion Allen had a vision in the early 1990's to create a place specifically for senior citizens to have lunch and socialize. She purchased a lot at 715 Campus Street, hired architect Paul Dalberg and builders Ed and J.P. Hale, and began construction on The Gathering Place. The grand opening was held on October 4, 1992. In her grand opening speech, Marion Allen said, "This is not a house of stone; this is not a house of bricks and mortar. This is a home from the heart - a house built with love."

There are a few things that you may not know about The Gathering Place:
  1. There is no "qualifying age" to participate in many of the activities of The Gathering Place. The majority of our activities are open to adults of any age. Come and experience a Zumba Gold class or enjoy line dancing or Tai Chi. Check out the website for a complete list of scheduled activities:
  2. The Gathering Place is the perfect venue for your wedding reception, anniversary party, or any celebration you may be planning. Check out more information at
  3. The Gathering Place is a private non-profit supported only in part by monies from The Allen Foundation. The remainder of the operating budget comes from membership fees, a stipend from the City of Milton, and donations and endowments from individuals. If you are looking for a worthy organization to gift, please contact The Gathering Place for more information at (608) 868-3500.
  4. So far this year, over 23,500 people have utilized The Gathering Place for community education, cultural events, fitness, health screenings, recreation and social events.
For more information about The Gathering Place, log on to their website at

Monday, September 20, 2010

The New Website was Launched

The City launched a new and improved website today!

Milton staff have been working with Foremost Media from Janesville, Wisconsin on a website upgrade for the last few months. The website has significant appearance changes, and one of the major site enhancements was the introduction of a new document manager system. Click here to view the new system.

The website is at the same web address as the old site:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Milton House Twilight Tours this Saturday

The Milton Historical Society will be holding its Annual Twilight Tours, this Saturday, September 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tour a National Historic Landmark, The Milton House, in the evening by lamplight.

This year the tour will focus on the plight of the fugitive slaves seeking refuge with the Goodrich family. Ticket prices are $4.00 adults, $2.00 children, for this once a year event. After the tour enjoy the Goodrich Square Celebration taking place in the Tomah Room. There will be wine tasting, food, raffle items, music, and so much more! The Milton Historical Society/Milton House Museum is located at 18 S Janesville Street, Milton.

For additional information or to schedule a tour of the Milton House Museum please contact The Milton Historical Society at 608-868-7772.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Emergency Management Training Exercise

On Wednesday, September 15 at 10 a.m. there will be an emergency management training exercise at Air Products, 337 Vincent Street. Below is a press release from Milton Police Chief Jerry Schuetz.

The joint City and Town of Milton Fire Department, City of Milton Police Department and Janesville level B hazardous materials team, in conjunction with the Rock County Emergency Management office will be conducting a simulated critical incident training exercise on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 10am.

The exercise will be held at Air Products, located at 337 Vincent Street in the City of Milton. The training exercise will simulate a chemical gas leak from a rail car. The event is being used for training purposes only, and is intended to train multiple agency first responders in coordinating a joint response to a critical incident with Air Products staff. The training exercise will include a notification to the public about the training exercise itself and will be testing emergency notification systems that request those in the potentially affected area of the gas leak to shelter in place during the simulated critical incident.

The duration of the exercise is anticipated to be between 10am and 11am on Wed. September 15th, 2010. Residents will notice an increased presence of police, fire and other first responder vehicles in the vicinity during the training exercise.

Any questions about this critical incident training exercise may be directed to Chief Jerry Schuetz who can be reached at 608-868-6910 ext. 21 or via e-mail at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September City Departmental Report Available

The City's Monthly Departmental Report for September is now up on the City Website. Check it out by following this link:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MPD Volunteers in Police Program

The Milton Police Department is now accepting applications for the new Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help the police department with a variety of non-hazardous tasks like filing police reports, assisting with community outreach events, and possibly traffic analysis in an unmarked police car.

If interested, log on to the City's website to access an employment application form: All applicants will be subject to a background check.

For more information about the program, read this recent article from the Milton Courier:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Internet Crimes Against Children Awareness

Thanks to Lt. John Conger for providing this timely reminder:

As our children return to school, their time spent on the internet will likely increase due to homework and other school responsibilities. Because of that we wanted to remind you of some safety tips to keep in mind and discuss with your children, regardless of age.
  • First, remember never to give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent's permission.
  • Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
  • Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.
  • Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that "she" is a "12-year-old girl" could really be an older man.

We also remain committed to our participation in the nationwide law enforcement initiative, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Since joining the task force in early 2009 our agency has arrested four adult individuals that traveled to our community with the intent to have sexual relations with what they believed to be a 15 year old female girl. This should not be considered a victimless crime, as these predators will continue to troll the internet until they fulfill their desire to have sexual contact with a child. While the internet continues to evolve and our children have communication devices that evolve, we feel it is important to aggressively investigate online predators that intend to harm children, as well as provide the community with tips to keep their children safe. We encourage all parents to communicate these safety tips as well as have conversations about sexting, social networking, and appropriate use of the internet and cell phones.

Milton PD Brat Fry

The Milton Police Department is hosting their 2nd Annual Brat Fry at the Redhawks Football game Friday night. The proceeds will benefit the Crime Prevention Fund that is used to fund community outreach activities like the Prescription Drug Box and the recent "Movie Night" at Milton East.

We hope to see you there!