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Final draft Village Urban Design Guidelines

A multi-year effort has resulted in King’s draft Village Urban Design Guidelines. Councillors were presented with the final draft Monday night, but comments and input is still being accepted by staff until Oct. 13. The guidelines include a series of design criteria and graphics that outline the design features and elements that will shape development in King and its villages.

Main Street’s revitalization a success

Visitors to Schomberg’s Main Street have more than doubled in recent years, boosting the local economy. Part of the success behind the trend is the Main Street Revitalization Strategy and the work of Economic Development department staff. Staff reported on the success story to council recently, noting Economic Development successfully leveraged grant funding from Rural Economic

Councillor wants ‘heritage district’ for Schomberg

King will look into developing a “Heritage Conservation District Plan” for Schomberg. Councillor Mary Asselstine presented the motion at council Monday night and members of the public were largely in favour of the move.

‘The Beharriell Briefings’ a public event in honour of former resident

The Beharriell Briefings is an annual King Township-wide speaking showcase in the fall, open to King residents and school students of all ages, that takes ...

Check your smoke alarms!

Fire Chief James Wall is calling on all residents of King Township to test their smoke alarms on Sept. 28 as part of Test Your Smoke Alarm Day. Be prepared to be “Saved by the Beep” with a working smoke alarm.

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Southlake celebrates ‘game-changer’ in local cancer care

Providing quality care close to home has been the mandate of the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake Regional Health Centre for more than a decade, but this week the Centre celebrated as a “game changer” for both the hospital and anyone in York Region and South Simcoe on their cancer journey now and into the future.

Famed equestrian, realtor Moffat Dunlap passes away

A medal-winning equestrian, and real estate professional, Moffat Dunlap, has passed away. The well known and respected King resident left an unrivalled legacy in the equestrian and real estate fields. His King-based firm specializes in luxury country properties across the GTA, and in particular, King and Caledon.

King Animal Hospital Acquires Ontario Equine Hospital

The King Animal Hospital has announced the strategic acquisition of the Ontario Equine Hospital as part of their mission to ensure every animal has access ...

Entrepreneur says LILA composter is ‘world’s best’

nnovators take pride in their work and the leaders behind a Vaughan company are shouting the praises of their newest product. George Yin, CEO and co-founder of VCycene Inc., says their LILA composter is in a category all on its own. The major competitors are simple dehydrators (crushing and drying process) that cause massive electrical bills and produce dirt that has to go into the green bin anyways.

Local businessman has ‘epic adventure’

A local entrepreneur marked his 65th birthday in epic fashion. Rory MacKinnon, owner of the Schomberg McDonald’s, decided to take a bike tour of Europe with a long-time friend who also turned 65. The tour was organized by a company called Peak Tours out of England. They specialize in supported Bike and Walking tours in the UK, France, and Spain/Portugal. They came highly recommended, MacKinnon said.

George Burt honored at 14th annual ‘Portraits of Giving’ reception

The poignant inscription on George Burt’s recognition board succinctly distilled why residents and dignitaries were gathered to honor the master wood turner, teacher, book shop owner, craft show circuit artisan, and philanthropist at the King Township Municipal Centre recently.

Costume-clad crusader makes people smile

Everyone needs a smile, especially when driving these days. A King City resident loves riding motorcycles and enjoys cruising the open road. That many not sound special. But what is, is that he does in costume. “To make things interesting, I have a selection of costumes I’ll throw on just make things entertaining. Brings a smile to people’s faces and I’ve been told so many times that ‘You made my day,’” said the man, who goes by MotoBrew. “I love it! If i can ride around having the time of my life and all at the same time make some strangers’ days, then I consider it a win.”

Resident presents radio with a ‘side of hot sauce’

A King resident’s love of jazz has propelled him into the spotlight, meeting and interviewing some of the top names in the industry. Snowball’s Ronnie Littlejohn hosts The Gumbo Kitchen Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on JAZZ.FM91 or online at

Deliberate fire costs taxpayers thousands

A deliberately set fire in one of the washrooms at Memorial Park will cost the Township thousands in tax dollars. On June 2 around 5 p.m., a fire was deliberately set in one of the washrooms at Memorial Park in King City. This placed this washroom out of service until further notice. Damage is pegged between $5,000 and $10,000.

Caledon farm marks 5th anniversary

The sunflowers continue to bloom at a Caledon landmark. Campbell’s Cross Farm marks its 5th anniversary this year, attracting visitors from far and wide to one of the largest sunflower farms in the GTA. Run by the husband and wife team of Mike and Josie Gallo, Campbell’s Cross Farm has exploded into a must-see destination. It has become a renowned location for day trippers and those celebrating important milestones.


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.

Nobleton player crowned World Junior champ

As Dylan Guenther slotted home the game-winning goal in overtime against the Czech Republic last week, it wasn’t solely a victory for Team Canada but it was also a big victory for Nobleton and King Township.

CDS student committed to play D1 hockey in Providence

In her youth, Hannah Clarke was always an arbiter for competition. She was never one to back down from a challenge and even if that meant going up against her brother Caleb and his friends.

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Power stations are a must in an emergency

Portable power stations are definitely a must for today’s survival kit. People can have power on the go – with help from the sun – when disaster strikes. Front-line emergency personnel urge every home and family to have a survival strategy and kit just in case.

Who can resist a ‘mighty’ breakfast sandwich?

In the expanse of breakfast meals, variety seems to be lacking. Not anymore. McDonald’s Canada answered the call with its time-limited Mighty McMuffin®. This hearty sandwich is made with a freshly cracked Canada grade A egg and tasty, processed cheddar cheese on a toasted English muffin. It comes with sausage and double bacon – answering the call for those seeking just a little bit more for breakfast.

Making the Right Choice for Power Outages and Outdoor Adventures: Solar or Fuel Generators?

By Amanda YanIntegrated Generators play a crucial role in providing power during emergencies, such as power outages, as well as ensuring a reliable power ...

Retro in the field: Muzen is simply Wild

A nifty little speaker makes the great outdoors more enjoyable. The Muzen Wild Mini Bluetooth speaker packs the perfect punch of rugged, indestructible reliability with a remarkably bold sound for its size.

Woof Concept unites fashion and function

For most dog owners, nothing’s too good for our four-legged family members. When it comes to gear – harnesses, collars and leashes – all too often we choose the most cost effective. But these are not always the most comfortable, attractive or suitable. Canada’s Woof Concept has raised the bar, offering head-turning dog gear.

Aegis body cam has a multitude of uses

We are leveraging technology in every way possible. There are a host of personal gadgets that are innovative marvels, offering real world applications. One is the Aegis 100 Body Cam by MyGekoGear, an Adesso company. This small, but mighty wearable camera goes way beyond law enforcement or personal safety. It’s a great little companion. It’s not inconspicuous but it’s small enough to appear just part of your everyday apparel or outdoor equipment. It’s packed full of features, way more than you’d expect. It’s also tough a nails.

Unique experience awaits at Illuminated Escapes

Humans are drawn to the water, and there’s a new twist on enjoying an intimate night on the lake. Illuminated Escapes, which runs kayaking experiences at GTA spots this summer, provides light-up, clear bottom kayaks. Whether you’re seeking a calming afternoon on the water or a romantic, star-lit cruise for two, this has to be on your to-do list.

Spyra – Summer fun with the ultimate in squirt gun tech

Regardless of your age, squirt gun battles are synonymous with summer. Why not make a bold impression with what has to be the ultimate water blaster on the market? The Spyra Three water blaster is a beast of a weapon, sure to win any back yard or waterfront battle. With 3 game modes you’ve got 3 times the power, 3 times the juice and 3 times the “epicness.” This model is the latest from German maker Spyra Tech. The company has literally reinvented the water gun in this high-tech version.

Craftsman blower an integral part of our yard equipment

Canadians are more intent on maintaining their properties. To do so, we need several vital pieces of equipment in our shed. One of them is a leaf blower. While primarily used to blow leaves, it can go beyond that task and handle general yard cleanup duties.

Tickless provides peace of mind

We do our best to watch over and protect our four-legged family members. Owners want to ensure their pets are happy and healthy. But danger lurks, in the form of ticks and fleas. We protect our dogs with shots but there’s a small, mightly gizmo that keeps them safe 24/7.


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