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MOE launches Investigation into St. Rita at Mary Lake LTC Development

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has launched an investigation into the proposed St. Rita at Mary Lake LTC development. The investigation was requested by a coalition of King Township activist groups including Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM), the Kingscross Ratepayers’ Association, and Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT).

Naming rights for new recreation centre on the table

King Township is looking at how to name the new Township Wide Recreation Centre. Staff noted the building is on track and nearing completion and they’re looking at putting a value on the naming rights.

King-Vaughan MPP Lecce announces $1.2M in provincial funding for King Township road projects

Member of Provincial Parliament for King-Vaughan Stephen Lecce brought good news to the Township of King last week, when he announced $1.2 million in funding for local road maintenance projects. The allocation of funds is part of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund which is dedicated to the renewal and rehabilitation of essential infrastructure. The Provincial Grant is earmarked for rural communities.

Parking banned on stretches in Schomberg

Parking will be banned on a section of Main Street and Western Avenue in Schomberg. Council voted to make the move, supporting a staff recommendation. Parking will be prohibited on Main Street, on both the north and south sides, 122 metres west of the intersection with Cooper Drive, to 208 metres west. It will also be banned on Western Avenue, both sides, from 245 metres west of the intersection with Main, to 395 metres west.

 

Bird count draws enthusiasts

Birds were identified and tallied in the Dufferin Marsh for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Held annually, this event is held around the world with thousands of participants and millions of birds identified. Councillor Mary Asselstine joined the group, happy to contribute as citizen scientists to the data collection. Participants saw 13 species of birds including a Cooper’s Hawk and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

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Debut novel by King local ‘makes a splash in the thriller genre’

A King City resident is drawing on her experience as a first-time mom for her debut novel. Brianne Sommerville’s debut thriller “If I lose Her” is due out March 5. The novel will appeal to fans of domestic suspense novels as it explores a mother’s battle with postpartum depression, trust and the shadows lurking close to home.

Retired officer shares knowledge with Mexican counterparts

When you serve the public, you never completely retire. A retired police officer from King has decided to share his knowledge and expertise with Mexican law enforcement personnel. Doug Ransom, has done some ride-alongs with the Chapala Police in Mexico.

King’s new Township-Wide Recreation Centre first in Canada to achieve ‘Zero Carbon Building Design’ certification

King’s new Township-Wide Recreation Centre is the first combined aquatics and ice-sports community facility in Canada to achieve Zero Carbon Building Design Certification by the ...

King ranks in top 100 of most livable cities, according to study

King Mayor Steve Pellegrini was thrilled to share the news that King shines among the most livable cities in Canada. The results came from data collected by the Globe and Mail. They gathered information about 439 cities across the country, spanning a variety of categories including economy, housing, health care, education and climate.

Caledon residents embarking on aid mission to Dominican Republic

A Bolton woman and Caledon teachers are embarking on a new humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic in the new year. Several years ago, students from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton participated in an annual mission trip to El Seibo, Dominican Republic. The group assisted native Dominicans as well as the Haitian community there, staying at a missionary centre run by the Daughters of Mary (les Filles de Marie). Also joining them were students and staff from Father Michael Goetz secondary school in Mississauga.

Environmental activists disparage development of Mary Lake LTC

There was anger in the air followed by an impassioned call to action at the King Bible Church at a special public meeting convened by five environmental activist groups. The seminar was entitled “Beneath the Surface of Mary Lake: A Microcosm of Ontario’s Struggles with Greenbelt Preservation and Citizen Engagement” and over 125 concerned citizens attended the lively and informative event. There was, indeed, much citizen engagement during the evening, especially during a rapid-fire Q and A session in which one exasperated and ardent audience member literally asked the panel of speakers: “What do you want us to do?”

King businesses honoured with Chamber awards

The King Chamber of Commerce continues to lead and serve. Its breadth of membership, now surpassing 320 members, brings a cornucopia of talent to the table. More than 300 submissions were received for the annual business excellence awards and the winners were in the spotlight last week at Carrying Place.

King man gets full support on Dragons’ Den

A King entrepreneur is laughing all the way to the bank. And he has some high-profile partners. Mike Dunlop appeared on CBC’s reality show Dragons’ Den, pitching his unique product – Dragonfly Wingman. When he first appeared before the five-member panel of would-be investors, laughter erupted at his quirky invention. But after hearing Mike’s story and popularity of the product, they went all in and joined Mike in his company.

Nobleton Lions Club honours John Ciarallo for his decades of distinguished community service

Long-time Nobleton No-Frills owner John Ciarallo, who was renowned for his contributions and support of the King Food Bank, was honoured recently by the Lions Club in a ceremony that extolled the virtues of selfless service to community.

Astronaut tours Bolton facility ahead of space mission

A mission into space starts on the ground. And praising the efforts of the Canadian space industry is all in a day’s work for astronauts. Canadian Mission Specialist Jeremy Hansen toured Canadensys Aerospace Corp. in Bolton, along with Canadian Space Agency (CSA) representatives, getting a first-hand look at local talent and genius.

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King Rebellion U18BB triumphs with season tournament sweep

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, the King Rebellion U18BB hockey team secured a season tournament sweep by clinching victory in all three ...

Schomberg U18 Red Wings win Dunnville tournament

The Schomberg U18 Red Wings won five straight games in Dunnville to claim the championship of the 25th annual Albert Schram Local League hockey tournament.The ...

Schomberg’s Micaela Aguiar advances to quarterfinals as the number 1 seed in Ms. Health and Fitness Global Competition

Schomberg resident Micaela Aguiar is ranked #1 heading into the quarterfinals of the 2023 Ms. Health & Fitness Competition. The winner of the competition will be featured on the cover of the Muscle and Fitness HERS magazine and pocket $20,000 U.S. After five elimination rounds, the dedicated local fitness and yoga instructor was still leading the international event. Aguiar – who described herself as a “shy and introverted person” during our meeting at The Grackle Coffee Shop on Main Street – is nonetheless “super excited and nervous simultaneously to have passed through five phases of the competition from Top 50 in the world to Top 15 to Top 10 to Top 5 to the quarterfinals of the competition.”

Zhou and Zhang strike silver for CDS at OFSAA Mixed Doubles Badminton

The mixed doubles team of Rayna Zhou and Zhi Wei Zhang captured OFSAA silver medals at the provincial high school badminton championships played at Trinity College School in Port Hope. Zhou and Zhang inscribed their names last week into the historical records of Country Day School by winning the Cyclone’s first-ever OFSAA medal in badminton.

CDS Cyclone track team captures 8 gold medals at CISAA Championships in Toronto

CDS Cyclone Track and Field Coach Denise Steadman was pleased with her team’s results at the CISAA Championships at York University last week. Eight of her athletes captured gold medals at the meet in Toronto, but she was even more impressed with the level of individual achievement beyond the podium: “We had so many great performances. Our focus is to get personal bests at track meets and one of our athletes – Reese Falkenberg –  dropped an incredible 7 seconds off her personal best in the 400m hurdles.”

U18 Rebels win York-Simcoe championship

Another week and another championship for King Township Minor Hockey.It was an exciting night last Wednesday at the Nobleton arena. In front of a packed ...

U12AA King Rebellion captures York-Simcoe M.H.L. Championship with a pair of Final Four shutouts

King’s 12AA rep team continued its winning ways on the weekend. The Rebellion ran the table in a convincing manner at the York-Simcoe Minor Hockey League Final Four playoff tournament by shutting out both their opponents. A 7-0 win over Barrie in the semi-final on Saturday secured a berth in the YSMHL final. In the championship game on Sunday afternoon, the Rebellion used back-to-back goals in the second period and a stifling defence to earn a 2-0 win over Richmond Hill and hang a York-Simcoe championship banner at the Nobleton Arena.

U12AA King Rebellion runs roughshod over Richmond Hill and Stouffville in 5-0 and 4-0 playoff

When the U12 King Rebellion AA hockey team took to the ice for their playoff game at Ed Sackfield Arena in Richmond Hill on Wednesday, they did so amid the cacophony of bell-clanging hockey moms impelling their sons to victory. “The Rebellion Ringers” rang their red bells in raucous unison off the ice and King’s powerhouse squad took care of business on the ice as they defeated the Richmond Hill Stars 5-0 in opening round York-Simcoe playoff action.

KTMHA makes ‘major’ move to AA level for the 2023-24 season

March is a significant hockey month in Ontario as regional and provincial championship tournaments begin in earnest. Randy Shepherd is focused on his King Township teams’ present performance as the playoffs ramp up, but he also has his eyes firmly on the future. The president of the 500-player organization released his organization’s strategy last week to advance the King Township Minor Hockey Association and its member teams.

Curling club rolls out red carpet for Scots

The Strathcona Cup is being ranked by Bob Belcher as one “one of the best events held at the King Curling Club ever.” He also concluded that “it’s right up there with the club’s inaugural opening ceremonies in its first year and the Wheelchair Provincials that we just hosted.” This was a very significant event where curlers are only allowed to participate once so it truly is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to play in and represent your country. Approximately 1,500-1,800 Canadian curlers are participating against the 60 visiting Scottish curlers within the 3-tour group schedule.

Product Showcase

Yeti drinkware really hits the spot

We’ve come to rely on our portable beverage containers, for both work and play. Iconic portable drinkware maker Yeti has upped the ante, and adds some new items to their lineup. Yeti recently expanded its barware line to include a cocktail shaker, beverage bucket and wine chiller, and launched new soft coolers before the holidays.

NIXY’s parka is an outdoor game-changer

Enjoying the outdoors does come with certain challenges. Staying one step ahead of Mother Nature, and being comfortable in our surroundings is the key.

Customers welcome return of the McRib

Good things are worth waiting for. McDonald’s has answered the call and brought back the iconic McRib. The McRib boasts a tender and juicy boneless pork patty dipped in tangy BBQ sauce, topped with slivered onions and tasty pickles, all served on a toasted homestyle bun. That’s what legends are made of.

Bluetti launches two new power stations in Canada

If you’re going off the grid or prepping for an emergency, Bluetti’s portable power stations stand ready to silently power your gear for hours – or even days – at a time. With the uncertain and unpredictable weather lately, being prepared is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Don’t be kept in the dark, but grab one of these potentially live-saving power units for you and your family.

Tetley provides solace in a hectic world

There’s nothing like sitting comfortably in your favourite spot, with cupped hands, enjoying a freshly-brewed tea. Tea-lovers and occasional drinkers have a new reason to rejoice, thanks to an offering of five new flavours from Tetley.

Tineco’s smart wet-dry cleaner outshines the rest

We’ve been reminded to work smarter not harder. It seems Tineco, the creators of a new smart vacuum – have taken that to heart and a whole new level. For them, smarter equals cleaner. And the Floor One S7 Pro floor cleaner is proof.

Venom Go really hits the spot

As enthusiasts ramp up their exercise routine, or newcomers start their program in the new year, it’s important to listen to your body. Aches and pains are inevitable and are not limited to athletes. Weather-related ailments, joint and muscle pain are common this time of year. But Hyperice, and its Venom Go wearable heat and vibration device, has you covered, literally from head to toe.

About Vintage combines past, present into one solid timepiece

Some great products have amazing back stories. About Vintage by Skov Andersen is no exception. This strong contender in the microbrand watch market rose out of friendship. And the ties that bind have led to a lasting, innovative success story. Two childhood friends – Thomas and Sebastian both shared a common passion for watches and an entrepreneur’s itch to create. That was the recipe of this Danish watch brand’s global path. It began with a dream, the dream of being creative, independent and creating something from scratch. The duo hoped to one day create “the perfect watch collection.”

Hasbro lineup sure to please this holiday season

Santa needs some help in making spirits bright. And that help comes from iconic toy-maker Hasbro. The company is celebrating a century of creating memories for generations of children and their families through the wonder of storytelling and imaginative play!

Take a chilly dip with your own personal Cold Pod

We all need a little help with our aches and pains. For those who are active, including fitness enthusiasts, treating your body well is paramount. Professional athletes have been using ice baths for some time. They are no longer extreme or unconventional, but rather part of mainstream therapy and after care.

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