Mayor and elected officials sworn in Monday night in Milford
Milford Mayor Ben Blake was sworn in Monday night to his fourth term, following the Nov. 7 elections.

City Clerk Joanne Rohrig was sworn in for another term as well, as were elected members of city boards and commissions.

The evening was filled with music and stories about Milford history: Platt Technical High School Principal Scott Zito, a professional musician who once played with Grace Slick, performed America the Beautiful on the piano and sang. Also on the program for the evening were Sydney Maher of Foran High School singing the National Anthem, and the Milford Concert Band performing several numbers.

Milford's Poet Laureate Mick Theebs read a poem written for the occasion, and local kindergarteners led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

All in all it was a very Milford night, capped off by Blake's speech, which was really a hometown salute to the city he loves. He talked about leading school children on tours of City Hall, how he tells them about the history and the people who helped make Milford history. He told the audience that when the children ask him why he wants to be mayor, he tells them that he wants his children and other people's children to have the same chance he had — to grow up and excel in a great city, Milford.