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Mar 25

Teen Poems on Self-Injury Awareness Day [SAID]

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:18 PM by Pamela Holt

SAID is a grassroots annual national awareness event. The Guy Thompson Community Center’s participates in this national event with a Poetry Competition for its 20 regulars that come mostly from Milton High School but also Pace High School, Locklin Tech, Hobbs Middle School, W.H. Rhodes Elementary.


The following Milton High School students won awards for National Self-Injury Awareness Day [SAID]: Tiesha McAllister won a 1st Place for “Giving Joy” and Jordan Gray got 2nd Place for “What Gives Me Joy.” The prompt was on working towards what gives you joy. Reactive anger emanates from you, as you let it poison your mind. Finding joy, lessens bad traits like anger.

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Mar 18

Blackwater Bistro receives Clayton White Business of the Quarter

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 2:53 PM by Pamela Holt

While celebrating its 10th anniversary in January, the Milton City Council voted Blackwater Bistro to be the Clayton White Business of the Quarter for 2019.
The local restaurant is now a popular destination for people to dine, visit and enjoy the atmosphere of a historic home. The establishment is located just off the shore the Blackwater River on Elmira Street in downtown Milton.
Councilman Jeff Snow made the motion for the Bistro to receive the award at the Jan. 8 council meeting saying, “The restaurant is an asset to the city.”
At the 10th anniversary gathering January 12, Mayor Heather Lindsay said Bistro employees care about everyone who comes in. She said it represents the image Milton desires.

“We are proud to recognize the Bistro, the owners, employees and all who come here,” she said.
Council presented the award Saturday to coincide with the Bistro’s 10th anniversary. Named after the late Councilman Clayton White for his dedication to small businesses, the city gives this award each quarter to a Milton business. The business receives an engraved trophy and will keep the city’s decorative Business of the Quarter sign for three months.

In 2008, Paul and Pam Kilmartin purchased the home and completed the restoration. They desired to return the building to as much of its original charm and beauty as possible. Always giving, Paul served on the city council for four years and continues to serve on the Planning Board. His wife Pam grew up in Santa Rosa County and is at Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserves. Both work in the health care industry.
Paul was honored to receive the award. Regarding the anniversary he said, “Smiles and laughs have been had. Tears both happy and sad have been shared. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping Pam and I make the Bistro what it is today.”

signGlen Hill, manager of the establishment since its opening, said he’s proud of what the restaurant has become. He recalls many hours of hard work and determination to not only remodel the building but to also make it a place where friends can meet and couples can celebrate. “Come relax on our large front porch or dine inside. People love it here for a reason,” he said. Hill currently serves on the Riverfront Re-development Team and active in engaging in growth management activities for the city.

The Bistro is located in the oldest building hosting a restaurant in Santa Rosa County. The James McBride Sharit House was began in 1903 and completed in 1907 as a private home for Dr. Sharit and his family. According to Hill, Sharit and his wife raised their only daughter, Marie, in the home. The couple would make house calls providing medicine and health care using his carriage drawn by white horses.
Hill said over the years the home was owned by numerous families. Janice Mason’s family were the last family to reside in the home.

As you stroll the house, he said, you will find some of the original doors standing in the hallway near the entrance to the kitchen. Some of the doors were used to line the bar. The bar is constructed from the walls removed from that room which divided the parlors and bedrooms on the north side of the house.
Most of the windows, walls, ceilings and floors are original wood. The large mirror in the main dining room came from an English Pub in Great Britain. It is over 100 years old as well, said Hill.