By Joyce Ervin

The annual Touch A Truck event hosted by the Milan Public Library and Milan Parks and Recreation Department during Milan Main Street’s 3 rd Thursday event delighted youngsters and adults, as they viewed or climbed in and out of a variety of trucks, buses, municipal vehicles and other heavy equipment.
The event provides an opportunity to meet people who may drive the trucks, ask questions and learn how the vehicles are used in the community.
Some vehicles of notice were the University of Michigan Transportation’s blue and gold bus, the Milan Area Historical Society’s 1938 Ford fire truck driven to the event by Roger Olds, a former 1950s Milan Firefighter, Abate Michigan- Region 14’s motorcycles and heavy equipment trucks from the Washtenaw County Road Commission.
Milan Police officer Zach Wawsczyk brought a squad car and pointed out his gun, cartridges, taser and handcuffs to a very curious little boy.  Sean Meyer of the Milan Area Fire Department showed off the department’s bright red tanker truck.
Lily Estes, 4, was wearing a purple skirt and chose a grape-flavored Fruit Shoot compliments of the Milan Pepsi Beverage Company, when she viewed their semi delivery truck. The truck was manned by general manager, Ish Sahni and K.C. Cress, sales manager intern, who offered other flavors and Aquafina water.
Morgan, 4, and Wyatt, 6, Begley walked through the U of M bus.  Wyatt said he liked the bus, but his favorite truck was the hummer brought by the U.S. Army Ann Arbor Recruiting Station.  Morgan said her favorite was the Milan Area School’s bus she was looking forward to riding, when she starts school.
The event was held at the Milan Middle School, a new location for the event, provided by Milan Area Schools.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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