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Province prepares for reopening of schools in September

Queen’s Park has given the green light to reopen schools to students this September. Top officials, including Education Minister and King-Vaughan MPP Stephen Lecce last week announced the reopening of schools for in-class instruction. The government unveiled a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff, and provides school boards with unprecedented resources and flexibility, while accommodating regional differences in trends of key public health indicators. This plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and paediatric experts.

Survey to gather feedback on ways to improve walking and cycling in King

King Township is developing an Active Transportation Action Plan and is seeking public feedback.The development of an Active Transportation Action Plan was a key recommendation ...

Fire crews respond to car fire

King Fire and Emergency Services crews, along with Engine 361, Tanker 364, Tanker 365, and CH31 responded for a fully involved vehicle fire last week on County Road 27 just south of Line 3. Crews arrived on scene to find the vehicle off to the side of the road well involved in fire. The driver escaped the vehicle without any injuries.

 

General News

King mourns loss of Wilson Markle

The King community has lost a kind soul. Kingscross resident Wilson Markle passed away recently. He was 82. “I am extremely saddened by his passing, he was a good friend,” said King Mayor Steve Pellegrini.

King duo climbing the stairway to success, literally!

From the basement to the top floor, a King City duo are working their way to the top with their new business. Ben and Mark McLean created Benji Sleep, an online business with one simple mission – to provide the softest bed sheets, at a fair and reasonable price, directly to your door.

King doing its part to help with economic recovery

While all eyes are fixed on provincial and federal support through the pandemic, King Township has risen to the challenge. King officials and staff have been pulling out all the stops since the pandemic hit hard.

Resident helps people reconnect

A Kingscross native has found an innovative way to help people reconnect. Dana Clark created “Cool To Connect,” an interactive card game of sorts. Connection Cards, made by Cool To Connect, are an interactive and innovative set of 52 cards that will give you the tools to enhance your human-to-human experiences and connections.

Nobleton girl stars in ‘Feel The Beat’ Netflix film

Carina Battrick has had quite a few luxurious birthdays in the past two years. The Nobleton resident recently starred in a Netflix original film “Feel The Beat” released last month. “She had to audition and last summer, exactly a year ago, she was cast,” said her mother, Anna Battrick.

Harbridge joins Southlake board of directors

A dedicated King volunteer has joined the Southlake Foundation’s board of directors. Former president of King minor hockey Kelly Harbridge, is one of the three new board members.

Community mourns the passing of Rev. Sheilagh Ashworth

The King community has lost a truly unique soul. The Rev. Sheilagh Ashworth passed away Sunday morning (June 28) Sheilagh passed with the sun coming in the windows at Matthews House Hospice, Alliston. She was 50.

Council aiming for zero tax increase for 2021

King council understands the harsh economic realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To ease the burden on King households, councillors rejected a staff recommendation for a 2.88% tax hike next year. Instead, they directed staff to come up with a budget with an increase as close to zero as possible.

Schomberg Quality Meats celebrates 30th anniversary

Long-time residents of the area may remember Schomberg Quality Meats’ grand opening in 1990: with a line of people snaking down the street, eager to nab a $1 hot dog and pop, it was a certainly a sight to behold. Today, three decades later, Schomberg Quality Meats is celebrating another milestone, with no sign of stopping.

Ontario prepares for the safe reopening of schools

Hopes are that Ontario students will return to the classrooms this fall. School boards across the province are asked to plan out three different scenarios, and the Province has increased funding to allow them some flexibility.

Sports

Lions announce Grade 11 student as new captain

There’s a new body and mind at the helm of King City Secondary School’s hockey team. Graduating captain Carter Diceman passed the torch and the number 8 jersey over to Michael Critelli this past week.

Award winner Brent Morning is forever thankful

It was Brent Morning’s life-long dream to skate at Maple Leaf Gardens. He was getting used to his walker on skates, but when the opportunity presented itself, there was no question he was going to learn how to skate and make it happen.

King City Basketball Club wants more for local children

Alessandro De Simone is a real estate agent by day. But once the Steve Madden dress shoes make their way to the closet and the suit precipitously flies on to the chair after a long day, he is a basketball enthusiast; maybe even a connoisseur.

Cardinal Golf Club celebrates 30th anniversary in style

Since this year’s opening on Victoria Day, it hasn’t been the most picturesque moment to begin the 30th anniversary for Cardinal Golf Club. Remaining patient through this difficult time has finally turned into a grateful reward. Not only has the club made booking your tee-times simple through their app the golf course is ensuring the safety of its players more than ever before. Also, players can enjoy and the opportunity to play “foot-golf” beginning this Friday.

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.

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.

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