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Dallas

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#1 Sep 8, 2007
Can anyone tell me about the workforce here, the entertainment, crime, drugscene, good places to fish,an all around mental tour of Milton Freewater. I have recently found my brother; who I had lost touch with and want to move out west, So give me some feedback.............
HondaGuy76

Spokane, WA

#2 Sep 12, 2007
Dallas wrote:
Can anyone tell me about the workforce here, the entertainment, crime, drugscene, good places to fish,an all around mental tour of Milton Freewater. I have recently found my brother; who I had lost touch with and want to move out west, So give me some feedback..........
I just recently moved here,its a great small town.as far as work force goes two main employers in the region would have to be smiths frozen foods,a huge vegitable processing plant about ten miles from milton freewater.And the other is sykes(in town) and technical support for local telco's who offer internet.there are about 4 restaurants(homestyle),a mcdonalds,subway,papa murphy's pizza.the main store in town is safeway,and about 10 miles away in a another town called walla walla there is a ton of other choices,like walmart to home depot.that place is booming compared with milton freewater.and yes a nice place to hike and fish just in the south fork
about ten miles from town too.Need more info just write me at [email protected]
Dallas

United States

#3 Sep 16, 2007
HondaGuy76 wrote:
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I just recently moved here,its a great small town.as far as work force goes two main employers in the region would have to be smiths frozen foods,a huge vegitable processing plant about ten miles from milton freewater.And the other is sykes(in town) and technical support for local telco's who offer internet.there are about 4 restaurants(homestyle),a mcdonalds,subway,papa murphy's pizza.the main store in town is safeway,and about 10 miles away in a another town called walla walla there is a ton of other choices,like walmart to home depot.that place is booming compared with milton freewater.and yes a nice place to hike and fish just in the south fork
about ten miles from town too.Need more info just write me at [email protected]
I really appreciate the feedback. I am hopefully moving out that way this winter, and all the info you feel you would like to share you can get to me at [email protected]
Thankyou,
Dallas Smith
lda

Walla Walla, WA

#4 Sep 25, 2007
Milton Freewater is fine to live in but most of the entertainment is in Walla Walla, right over the border. Property prices are better in Milton Freewater - if you love the country Milton is great for that. There is a state park that is great for hiking, hunting (im told) - and there is plenty of other outdoor opportunities less than an hour south in the Tollgate area. Milton Freewater, for the most part, looks like its 1952 - although there are some charming parts to it. Walla Walla has a large growing wine industry so lots of complimentary industries are also springing up. Look there for professional jobs.
GPM

Lewistown, MT

#5 Nov 23, 2007
I lived in M-F for 28 years and left because of the crime (a drive-by shooting a block from my home) and the inability of the City to address these and other issues. Some believe that corny frog statues are their salvation! Milton-Freewater is the unoffical meth capitol of Oregon. Drive through town and observe the toothless skeletons on bicycles. It is not uncommon to find needles in the alleys and the soccer field parking lot just west of town on County Road. M-F is in a downhill slide and the locals have their heads stuck in the sand. The school systen is a diaster (check out the OR report card on the net) and the local residents sit on their asses while the town crumbles around them, lamenting that they like M-F the "way it is or was." If you want to move to the WW valley put your bucks on the WA side of the state line. No one wants to admit, or discuss, that many of M-F's problems are tied to illegal immigration. A honest tree fruit grower will tell you that about 50% of his workers are illegal.
GWainscott

Lewistown, MT

#6 Nov 24, 2007
I lived in Milton-Freewater for about ten years. As with any place, there are nice and not-so-nice people. I made sincere efforts to be a contributing member of the community and volunteered my help numerous times, always willing to do whatever was asked of me. That said, I can not tell you how many times it was pointed out to me that I was "not from here." I've lived in many small towns across the nation over the years and I can sincerely say the biggest differences between Milton-Freewater and all those other small towns can be summed in this one thing: In all the other small towns, people may say "Where ya from?" (and say it with genuine interest), while in Milton-Freewater the sentence is "You're not from here." (and it's said like an accusation). But, that aside, I must also say that after living there almost a decade, I also noticed that the crime rate is high, the taxes relative to services are high, the pride in property ownership is low (junk everywhere--I don't mind junk, but there was LOTS of it) and disrespect for private property is high (LOTS of graffiti!) You also should check out the school system---there were those in the community who were pushing to build all new schools, as if that alone would improve the quality of the education. If you don't have school-age children, then the schools are not an issue for you (except for the gang-banger and drug/crime element at the school-age level which is pervasive throughout the community.) Oh, and one more item, if you do move there, be prepared to commute to Walla Walla, Washington for your job, as there is little employment in Milton-Freewater. If you want the outdoor recreation, that IS nearby (if you can enjoy it while your home and other property is being broke into----no kidding, there were people breaking into cars in driveways on a regular basis in Milton-Freewater (and we lived in a "decent" part of town! To deter thieves, we began letting our dog sleep nights in our vehicle!) I no longer live in Milton-Freewater and regard the time I spent there as a very expensive lesson and lost time.
JOY

AOL

#7 Nov 30, 2007
Dallas wrote:
Can anyone tell me about the workforce here, the entertainment, crime, drugscene, good places to fish,an all around mental tour of Milton Freewater. I have recently found my brother; who I had lost touch with and want to move out west, So give me some feedback..........
Milton-Freewater Info:
http://www.mfchamber.com/buyersguide/index.ht...

http://www.city-data.com/city/Milton-Freewate...

http://www.inlibertyandfreedom.com/oregonsher...

Also, 48% of the population is Mexican. How many are illegal.....anyone's guess.
el honta

Walla Walla, WA

#8 Dec 15, 2007
I currently live in Milton-Freewater and have lived in MF for 9 years. I'm a student at Mc Loughlin High and it is a fine school. The only problem I know about MF is the lack of authority. A Wee Bit O' Heather, a popular restaurant on Highway 11, i believe, was involved in a gang incident and since then, I have not felt safe in this town. The cops were supposed to be checking it out but they were obviously too lazy to do so. It pisses me off about how lame this town can be. We need better cops in town.
PEG

AOL

#9 Dec 16, 2007
el honta wrote:
I currently live in Milton-Freewater and have lived in MF for 9 years. I'm a student at Mc Loughlin High and it is a fine school. The only problem I know about MF is the lack of authority. A Wee Bit O' Heather, a popular restaurant on Highway 11, i believe, was involved in a gang incident and since then, I have not felt safe in this town. The cops were supposed to be checking it out but they were obviously too lazy to do so. It pisses me off about how lame this town can be. We need better cops in town.
I grew up in Milton-Freewater. Was the all American City for years. Milton-Freewater from one end to the other had many stores, that even people from Walla Walla, etc., did their shopping there. Also, was extremely clean. Homes/lawns, etc. kept up. No crime. Compare the town to the 60s/70s......it has went down the crapper. Hardly any businesses, homes and lawns are not kept up.......and hopefully I will not be called a racist, but the town has become "Little Mexico." Crime has went up.......drugs, etc. Seems the majority of businesses have closed their doors.
Loved Milton-Freewater......Now you couldn't give it to me. More and more illegals move in every day.....and the crime rate goes up. We can place the blame on the fruit farms and vinyards wanting cheap labor.
Walla Walla River Ranch

Walla Walla, WA

#10 Jan 23, 2008
Howdy Dallas,

I have lived in Milton-Freewater just over 5 years now. I see everything that is mentioned in previous post happening here. My wife is the city public defender, and can't believe some of the things she see going on in small town M-F. Myself, I moved here from Pendleton, OR and there from Asheville, NC. Winter weather here is warmer and dryer than the southeast US. I have not found a better place for small town living, and outdoor recreation (fishing, hunting, horseback riding, hiking). Job market here is slim. Walla Walla, WA is 10 miles away and has all anyone needs for entertainment to stay busy everyday of the week, and probably find a decent job. If you are looking for a job here -from everything I have seen and heard- stay away from Sykes, unless you live like Dilbert. If you are a fly fisherman... when you get here lookup bluemtnflycasters.org for a heads up on places to go, best fishing outside Alaska.
GPM

Lewistown, MT

#11 Feb 18, 2008
Interesting, Dale that you agree that M-F is in the toilet but then go on to state that you haven't found a better place for small town living. Isn't this a contradiction?
TTG

Mcminnville, OR

#12 Apr 24, 2008
This town is gossipville, USA. In fact, most of the small towns in the area that's like the main staple of activity. You may try to live like its a small town but it will feel like you live in a fishbowl!

Then throw in Meth and alcoholism which are rampant in the area and you will find the crime to support the habits.

Walla Walla is a much better place to live. They have a famous hot air balloon festival there every year in the fall. More expensive to live there but you will probably feel safer too.
El Honta

Walla Walla, WA

#13 May 3, 2008
PEG wrote:
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I grew up in Milton-Freewater. Was the all American City for years. Milton-Freewater from one end to the other had many stores, that even people from Walla Walla, etc., did their shopping there. Also, was extremely clean. Homes/lawns, etc. kept up. No crime. Compare the town to the 60s/70s......it has went down the crapper. Hardly any businesses, homes and lawns are not kept up.......and hopefully I will not be called a racist, but the town has become "Little Mexico." Crime has went up.......drugs, etc. Seems the majority of businesses have closed their doors.
Loved Milton-Freewater......Now you couldn't give it to me. More and more illegals move in every day.....and the crime rate goes up. We can place the blame on the fruit farms and vinyards wanting cheap labor.
I agree with you 100%.

However, I am happy that a Wee Bit O' Heather is back up. It's always been my favorite place to eat and socialize.
GPM

Lewistown, MT

#14 May 9, 2008
In Milton-Freewater there is a lack of community pride. Weeds and trash are everywhere. Many businesses and ex-businesses are mini-junkyards, for example the former Kim's Cleaners in Freewater and the former Shockman's lot next to the fish ladder. Graffiti is everywhere and represents the Hispanic "culture". Watermill Winery and Blue Mountian Cider have set the standard for M-F but I don't see M-F responding. No doubt these business will live to regret their decision to invest in the community.
just let it die

Spokane, WA

#15 May 18, 2008
Born and raised...yep, I do lament its shape now vs. then. This town is a very good example of just what happens when corrupt men get their way to fatten their own wallets.All at everyone elses expense. I like the rest of the crushed civic culture that once smiled here, pray only for I.C.E. to come purge the pestilence. If there's a God...let them come soon :)
Milton born and raised

Richland, WA

#16 May 18, 2008
I love the Milton of yesterday and its present potential.
The community has many great attributes which include agriculture and outdoor recreation.
You can access employment in Walla Walla but not pay the over the moon real estate prices there. Three colleges 10 minutes from M-F. Wow! Great features.
Milton lacks leadership and diverse economic stimulus.
There is no economic development plan; there are more dying businesses than new ones. It's hard for a town to thrive without a tax base.
It's a typical small town where no hard questions are ever discussed and is more than 50 percent migrant.
The beginning of the end of Milton's golden era started with the opening of the year around migrant labor camp.
Diversity and cultural differences are not addressed--they just swell and grow and create tension and workforce dysfunction.
There are no historians in Milton; no one ensuring Milton's traditions don't die.
It is part of the drug corridor due to the proximity of the Interstate and all the rural areas where druggies can hide and transport.
I love Milton's family aquatic center and the newly reopened drive in.
I hate how children must move away in order to feed their families and have a future.
Milton born and raised

Richland, WA

#17 May 18, 2008
Oh and I hate how the mayor is also the richest guy in town and his pet projects are the only major ones that get approved for development. Once he makes his change, discussion is over and its back to rubber stamping consent items on the council agenda.
treasonous

Spokane, WA

#18 May 18, 2008
Yes, the truth on Milton-Freewater is that its dying.It was dying in fits before the late seventies...Local Fruit farming can indeed be thanked for its accelerated demise...Thanks Walt, Jerri,Ron and Tom. WE know the culprits....Just be sure to smile as you spend it, and thank you so much.
Transplanted

United States

#19 May 18, 2008
Milton-Freewater School issues?
Milton born and raised

Richland, WA

#20 May 19, 2008
Milton can't get a school levy passed. Why? Seniors on fixed incomes, long time residents who resent supporting migrant students arent interested in investing more tax money for a new school.
There are pockets of brilliance on the teaching staff and pockets of mediocre. School leadership is conventional,reactive and needs shaken up.
HS principal a super nice guy but could use training. More a fetch a stick than figure out whats next kind of leader.
Lots of diviseness in town about supporting change in the school.
It honestly comes down to cultural differences in the community not addressed.
If I had to do it over, I would send my kids to DeSales in Walla Walla.

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