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YRP solves Yvonne Leroux murder cold case

The York Regional Police Cold Case Unit is pleased to advise that investigators have solved the 51-year-old homicide of 16-year-old Yvonne Leroux.Yvonne Leroux was last seen alive at 10 p.m. on Nov. 29, 1972, walking in the area of Oakdale ...

King approves water, wastewater rates for 2024

King Township wants the water and wastewater rates to be fully cost recocerable in the next 10 years. That’s the goal as staff and councillors approved water and wastewater rates for 2024. The average homeowner can expect to see a 2.24 per cent annual increase of $43.05 in the new year. This includes the 3.30% increase from York Region for bulk supply and treatment of water and wastewater.

Council backs off on heritage district review

Public opposition has shelved the idea of creating a Heritage Conservation District for Schomberg. More than a dozen residents spoke at the recent council meeting, the bulk of which opposed the idea. And they didn’t even want to proceed with a study, something staff pegged at costing $300,000 over three years. Instead, councillors and staff said they will offer residents more information regarding heritage conservation. As well, there are a number of heritage conservation education workshops in November, which are being held by the Heritage Advisory Committee in partnership with the Township’s heritage planning staff.


A Main Street Christmas

A Main Street Christmas in Schomberg arrives this Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 4 p.m.
The event is presented by the Schomberg Village Association, a non-profit organization.
There will be street performers, carollers, children’s entertainers, fireside readings, crafts, holiday creations, an art and craft show and, of course, Santa Claus!
The event starts with the exciting Santa Claus Parade at 4 p.m. where local businesses and community groups in their creative floats march alongside several bands playing rousing tunes.

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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.

Annual Robinson golf tournament raises record amount

The third annual Andrew Robinson golf tournament continues to make an impact on people’s lives. The September tournament raised a whopping $92,000 this year. All monies raised from the raffle, silent auction and live auction go into the scholarship ($31,000) and the remainder goes directly to the Vitanova Foundation to assist with programming costs, food, shelter, clothing etc.

MPPs Stephen Lecce and Stan Cho preside over ground-breaking ceremony at Mary Lake’s 160-bed St. Rita LTC facility

Provincial government officials and local dignitaries announced at a ground-breaking ceremony in King City on Friday morning that construction of St. Rita at Mary Lake – a $60 million 160-bed Long Term Care facility – would be funded by the Province of Ontario. The event featured public addresses by Stephen Lecce (MPP—King Vaughan) and Stan Cho, Minister of Long Term Care. Prior to introducing MPP Lecce and MPP Cho, Board Member of the Augustinian Fathers Quinto Annibale noted the need for the retirement residence in King Township and its long-term attributes: “We hope that it will benefit generations to come. It shows how powerful the commitment is at Mary Lake to seniors’ health care.”

Iconic Wizard of Oz presented by Brampton Music Theatre

The yellow brick road is winding its way to The Rose with Brampton Music Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz! It promises to be a big hit and the nearby Rose is easily accessible by King and York residents. People of all ages can’t help but be amazed by this tale, and the stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved story about Dorothy Gale and her journey over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz also features the iconic musical score from the MGM film.

King’s official bird is the Black-capped Chickadee

The Black-capped Chickadee has been voted as King Township’s official bird.There are so many good reasons to have this bird represent King Township. Besides being ...


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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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.

KitchenAid raises the bar in cordless appliances

Our kitchens are busy places, filled with accessories and must-have gadgets to make our lives easier. A well adorned counter top is one thing, but we don’t need the tangled mess of cords. Top-notch producer KitchenAid has expanded its lineup with the new Go Cordless System. These definitely fill the gap and will soon be the necessary complements to every kitchen. First off, KitchenAid makes beautiful, well crafted appliances. Dare I say one of the best? They stand out because of their looks, quality and dependability. The company has extended these attributes to the Go series – they’re simply marvellous, well sculpted gadgets.

Cuisinart basket air fryer delivers it all

With air fryers becoming our go-to counter top appliance, it’s important to find one that simply does it all. Well, the offering from venerable Cuisinart is the new must-have item. Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays, or just heating up leftovers, their Air-200C is one lean machine.

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.

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.

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.


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