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Food Bank accepting monetary donations

The King Township Food Bank is accepting financial donations at this time. According to director Carol Ann Trabert, they are grateful for the spontaneous donations that have been coming in, but they are not encouraging food donations at this time. All the food that’s being packed has been in the depot long enough to not be contaminated in any way.

King cancels events

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, King Township has taken the following additional actions:• All public/private events at municipal facilities/parks up to ...

King has first COVID-19 related death

A 74-year-old man is King’s first COVID-19 related fatality.“On behalf of King Township council and staff, I would like to offer my most sincere condolences ...

Parade shows support
for health-care workers

The community showed its appreciation to front-line health-care workers by organizing a parade near Southlake Regional Health Care Centre in Newmarket last week. The cars were driven by community members and other frontline workers showing support and solidarity to our healthcare heroes. Thank you Rebecca MacRae and the group at Honk for Front Line Heroes (Southlake edition) for organizing this! The staff were truly touched.

 

General News

Keeping food supply chain open is vital, councillor says

Keeping the food supply chain strong, and supporting farmers is vital during these uncertain times. With closures and border restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus, protecting our food sources remains a priority. Councillor Avia Eek, a Holland Marsh farmer, is closely monitoring the situation.

Seneca steps up in fight against COVID-19 by donating equipment and supplies to hospitals

Seneca College students and employees answered the call to help local hospitals by donating more than nine hundred kilograms of essential supplies to help in ...

Local efforts boost Jamaican schools

Canadians love rallying around a good cause. And King residents top the list in charitable giving. When a Schomberg woman put a call out to help with a school project in Jamaica, the overwhelming local response warmed her heart.

Society cancels 170th Schomberg Fair

The members of the Schomberg Agricultural Society made the very difficult decision to cancel the annual spring fair. They decided to cancel what would have ...

King conference brings awareness to the importance of tree preservation

King kicked off the first of what is set to be a series of town hall meetings, with the inaugural theme “Is Every Tree Important.” A diverse panel of experts, each with their own professional and personal perspective on the topic, met at King City Secondary School to discuss the importance of conservation both in and out of King Township.

Rocco Macri made a difference at helm of Foodland

There’s something different in the aisles at Schomberg’s Foodland. The end of an era came as Rocco Macri, the likeable, community-minded franchise owner, decided to retire. Macri, who recently turned 68, decided to retire, after 45 years in the business, the last 11 in Schomberg. He’s loved every minute of his career, and it won’t be easy to say good-bye to a community he’s grown to love. He wanted to leave the store on a high note.

Progress being made in improving internet services

Efforts by YorkNET and leading internet providers are helping to improve underserviced areas of King Township. Securing broadband services to all of King has been a goal of local politicians and while it’s been a slow process at times, there has been “significant progress.”

King approves budget with 2.5% increase

King residents will see another 2.5% increase in their property taxes this year. King council passed its 2020 budget Monday night, setting the direction for this year, and through 2022. Councillor Bill Cober called the budget “responsive” and “responsible.”

King’s home prices drop while others rise

House prices in King Township experienced a bit of a dip in 2019, while the GTA market as a whole saw a modest increase. King was the only municipality studied to seer a decline in prices. A report released by Zoocasa compares how 2019 home values have increased relative to local household incomes in the GTA.

Mizzoni sizzles with his best album to date

Following up on worldwide exposure for his 2019 hit, King’s Len Mizzoni will release what he calls his best album so far. The prolific songwriter and musician is thrilled with “Forever” and its single “It’s You Always been You.” The album is set for a Feb. 3 release. Mizzoni said this album is a mixed bag – everything you could want in terms of adult contemporary tunes.

Sports

AlteX Academy takes drones to a whole new level

If you are driving down Lloydtown-Aurora road and happen to see a sign named “AlteX Academy,” it might be worth passing by and having a look at some of the high-tech, proverbial drones that are available. Yes, those things.

Country Day School snowboarders bring home the gold

The Country Day School can add a few more medals to their collection. The snowboarding program won the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) gold for the second year in a row. It was the fifth consecutive medal for the boys’ team and second consecutive for the girls.

King City Lions win third consecutive title

The King City Lions defeat St. Brother Andre Cardinals 4-2, bringing home the division one YRAA hockey championship for the third consecutive year. The irony is, it was the year of the firsts. The Lions won the title for the first time on home ice in Nobleton Arena and went the entire season undefeated in all competitive matches; never accomplished before by any other hockey team in school history.

Cougars knocked out in game 7

The Junior C Schomberg Cougars hockey club were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, in seven games against the Orillia Terriers. It was a well-fought series. Last Thursday, the Cougars returned home to Schomberg to defend their territory in game six.

NobleKing peewee Knights win title

They say three times a charm. In the case of the NobleKing Knights peewee team it was definitely true. The Peewee Knights made their way over the border to represent King Township and Canada at the 2020 Buffalo Winter Classic. The team was determined to make a mark after a disappointing loss in the finals at the recent holiday Silver Stick tournament and an early exit in their Ottawa tournament. The Knights were the only Canadian team in the tournament which added to the excitement of the event.

Bantam Red Wings win Wainfleet Tournament

The Nik Nak Nook and Schomberg Lions Club sponsored Schomberg bantam Red Wings returned home from the Niagara region late Sunday night with a new ...

King City’s Steven Li shares how hockey brought him to Canada

It might be cliché to re-iterate that sports brings people together. To stretch it even further, that sports is a lifestyle. To some, this is a mediocrity of the game. To others, it is the reality, that binds their whole motive in life together.

King City’s Christodoulou in 3rd NACAM championship

What does the life of a 14-year-old look like? Evolving personality, rebelling against your parents and choosing friends over anything else might summarize it, perhaps? Nicholas Christodoulou, a 14-year-old teen from King City, does have the normal life of a teenager. He also has a racing milieu, that separates him from the rest.

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