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Schools remain closed for rest of the school year

Students in Ontario will not be returning to the classroom to finish off the school year. Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Tuesday that keeping schools closed for the rest of this school year will help protect the health and safety of students. This decision was based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at The Hospital for Sick Children.

King supports move to add councillor for Vaughan

King Township is supporting a move to add another regional councillor representing Vaughan. King councillors supported the move May 4, after receiving a request from York Region.

King’s Economic Development staff are here to help businesses

A shift towards establishing a formal King Business Concierge program is unfolding during this unprecedented crisis.King’s economic development staff have connected virtually with more than ...

Mini parade lifts spirits in Nobleton

The residents of Wellar Avenue (North) in Nobleton have been privileged to have the annual Nobleton Victoria Day Parade go down their street for more than 25 years. This year unfortunately the annual event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic restriction on gatherings. At the last moment on Victoria Day, the residents decided to keep their spirits high despite the rain, virus and cancellation by staging their own micro parade in the neighbourhood. Naturally, physical distancing was strictly followed. Family members watched from their driveways and front lawns as quickly decorated garden tractors were driven the short route. Some children on scooters, bikes and rollerblades joined in. Great fun was had by all participants and the spontaneous parade was enjoyed by passers-by and a few who came out of their houses to investigate the sound of tractors, whistles and air horns. King Fire crews also did a drive-by for residents. Thanks for all the smiles! . 

General News

Local entrepreneur adapts to the changes

A local entrepreneur, whose business was impacted like so many by COVID-19, has found a way to meet the challenges. Lisa Iafrate, of TaLii Towels, said the world changed forever March 5 and her online store stopped receiving orders for her unique absorbent towels.

King’s Beretta Farms – A small business success story

For many Beretta Farms customers, visiting the brand’s home base on 800 acres of rich, rolling hillside in the heart of rural King, is like stepping into another world. Whether it’s at one of the brand’s educational “Farm Days,” or during their bi-weekly farmers’ market, visitors are able to see exactly the kind of free-range fields their food is raised on. It’s this level of transparency that has led to the brand’s considerable success throughout their near 30 years in business.

Rockford’s dedicated to serving customers

Meeting challenges head-on during these times is key. And a strong customer base also helps. The venerable Rockford’s Bar & Grill in King City continues to serve, even through these tough times.

Taking care of the indoor air we breathe

he current global pandemic has taught us a great deal about hygiene and fighting bacteria. We’re becoming quite proficient at disinfecting all surfaces that we come in contact with. Being confined to our homes makes one thing perfectly clear – the air we breathe at home has to be clean and free from pathogens.

King’s Spark Innovations gives back during pandemic

We’re all facing a common enemy in COVID-19. It’s a battle we’re winning, thanks to the tireless efforts of the frontline workers and health care professionals.

The Country Day School makes hefty donation

The Country Day School donated 5,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Southlake Foundation recently. Southlake has held this donation drive since March 23.

Recording history of the pandemic

Times of distress are perhaps as important to record, if not more, as times of joy. In keeping with that idea, the King Heritage and Cultural Centre (KHCC) has launched a project titled Collecting Covid-19: Recording history in the midst of a global pandemic.

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.

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.

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.

Sports

Equestrian schools find slight hope in phase one

To say the COVID-19 pandemic has been a wild ride for equestrian facilities across Ontario might just be an understatement. Equestrian schools have continued to incur heavy losses and without adequate support from the Canadian government, the road was going to continue heading further south.

King City’s Formula 4 star itching to return

King City native and 15-year-old Formula 4 driver Nicholas Christodoulou continues to train as the NACAM Championship’s restart is in limbo. The Scuderia Martiga driver says he spends his time at home on his racing simulator, exercising and watching movies.

Nobleton’s Pecchia ecstatic for NCAA D1 hockey scholarship

Sports has a peculiar way of saying patience is a virtue. Years of hard work and little results on paper, might leave you helpless. It may bemoan a player to believe, this is not for them. When really, it could be. Once you break through the barrier that has stood in your way for so long it might leave others bemused; but not you. Some might say this player is a one-year wonder, but those critics have seemingly viewed their opinion from one perspective. The others, who recognize the tenacity, the grit and the determination through the confines of the numbers are the ones that will give you a call.

King City teen is off to Windsor

The Windsor Spitfires selected 15-year-old King City native Nicholas De Angelis, 36th overall in the Ontario Hockey League draft a few weeks back. The feeling of excitement and joy steadfastly led to utter relief for De Angelis and his proud family.

King Curling Club to host Provincial Wheelchair Championship in 2021

This is the moment the people of King have been waiting for. For the first time in over 50 years of existence, the King Curling Club has been selected to host the Provincial Wheelchair Championship in January 2021 at the Trisan Centre.

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.

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.

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.

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