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I Ill plnn Nq,lJ|nPll I  CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 19 Miller helps police move Milton toward a dream By Rosanne Pack As a police officer in the small, semi-rur- al, semi-sleepy town of Milton, Lt. John E. Miller has vision for the future of his home town, and he doesn't like to see shadows of illegal drug activity and youth without di- rection in his vision. As he continues into his tenth year on the Milton police force, he also continues his plans to help improve life in the town in any way that he can. When school bells ring next week, they will call Miller back, along with students and teachers, to Milton Middle School. Some other town officers will also be back in the school routine as they join Miller as volunteers. The lieutenant and two other officers, Han'y Litten and Anthony Powell, served as Junior Achievement volunteers in the class- room last year, and they might return to that role again. Miller and Powell also volunteer as coaches for several middle school sports. In addition to his commitment to the schools, Miller also has high hopes [or pro- jects that can have a positiVe impact on the entire community. He is one of several peo- ple who are working on a plan that could bring a recreational center to Milton. He has strong feelings for young people, and a desire to give them every chance to suc- ceed. He sees a recreational center as a key to giving "youth and Milton residents of all ages a location for healthy, positive interac- tion. Commitment and dreams The dream is big, but not insurmountable in his eyes. Although the project is still in the formative stages, enthusiasm seems to be gaining momentum, and most important, there is an indication that fundingis avail- able to help pay-for a community recreation center. "I have a personal commitment, to be seen, to interact, to try to steer kids in the right direction," he said. "I made a pledge to get more involved in the school, to see kids more while I'm on the street. Some things do work. Maybe a rec center would help us get to even more kids." Some of the work that Miller and other police volunteers were doing drew the at- tention of the Delaware Criminal Justice CoUncil, and he and another officer were asked to attend a public hearing earlier this year. There they talked about their concerns for the town, and the youth of Milton. "We talked about young people that we weren't reaching," he said. "In ye.ars past, we were having a lot of juvenile crime, and we were seeing these kids when they were in trouble or arrested, but we didn't fiave enough contact with them before. We knew that we needed to get more involved in the schools and on the street." Path to change A few years ago, the police department initiated the Milton Summer Sizzler, a Continued on page 20 Rosanne Pack photo Lt. John Miller serves Milton as a police officer, volunteer coach and mentor to middle school students, and he has dreams for his hometown. Packa PRIMES0000 "---.@. M/A Telecommunications, Inc. 302-628-9830 1 -E|00-680-0981 Stuart ............ ....: :Kingsto Sin c e tot the North en, ,both Beach the Henlo Mo,- 7:30 7p, Inc o ;i:!ii!;k