A new spate of homes in King City is under way at the north-west corner of the King Road and Dufferin Street. This tsunami of housing will be joined in the near future by an adjoining retail shopping centre located directly at the same corner, on the frontages of King and Dufferin. Reports of a Sobey's supermarket, in the new shopping centre, have been widespread for months but I have not heard of an official confirmation yet.
This year's Laskay Raspberry Social will be held on Tuesday, July 9th, between 6.30 and 8 pm. at the Laskay Hall, on Weston Road, south of the King Road. It's usually a sell-out, so reserving tickets in advance might to be a good idea. Call 905-833-0222.
I usually drive along the Holland Marsh canals in northern King Township about once a week. I hardly ever see boats of any kind on the waterways there. In fact, I usually see more snowmobiles on the canals in wintertime, than boats in summer. But today was one of those rare occasions when someone was making his way in the direction of Bradford, in a long kayak with an outrigger. The weather seemed perfect: sunny, light breezes and 20`C. The new and improved canals are wider and deeper and could in fact be used for multi-lane kayak racing.
20 red-light cameras are being installed throughout York Region in an effort to catch drivers running red traffic lights and to hopefully reduce the number of such offences, as well as accidents. Two of the 20 such installations are near to King City. Both are on the King Road, one at Dufferin Street (photos above) and one at Bathurst Street. Both of these intersections have been identified as having more than average the number of T-bone or right-angle collisions. All cameras should be operational by the end of June or early July. We have been warned.
This mangy and motley Red Fox stopped by the back lawn of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on Monday afternoon and spent several minutes scratching at its threadbare coat. Rumour has it that a family of foxes has been occupying a nearby den, on the King Road in the centre of the village, for the past year or two.
I was told by a normally reliable source, during yesterday's King City Festival, that the old deconsecrated Baptist church on the south-west corner of King Road and Fisher Street, and which served for the past many years as a real estate office, is to become an Italian bakery and coffee shop. Cappuccino, yes! Ahhh, the further greening of King is under way. Now, if we could just find alternate routes for the huge trucks that rumble through the village.
The Holland Marsh in upper King Township is in its annual transition from black to green, as the dark muck soil gives way to emerging green plants. June is the month when black and green tones contrast vividly in the marsh. The picture, at every turn, boasts of the bounty to come.
Above - West of Hwy. 400
Monster machines and workers on their hands and knees are essential to what will be, hopefully, the perfect production of produce on which the Holland Marsh has built an international reputation.
Gardening has been a joy this spring, although some might say we have had too much rain. Nevertheless there has been a remarkable combination of gardening karma going on and gardens in early June are looking like July gardens. Foliage in particular has been fast and abundant and a joy to behold. There's no problem keeping King green this year, so far.
St. Alban's Anglican Church, on Highway 27, north of the King Road, in Nobleton, is going to close its doors. Earlier this year, the 150-year-old church was given until the end of May to reverse declining membership. The attractive old church and adjacent cemetery have been favourite landmarks in the village for most residents, over the years. I heard of the closing while attending the King City United Church Fish Dinner this past Thursday evening. It was the topic of discussion for many old-timers at the dinner.
A business that survived for several decades (Nobleton Truck Wreckers) near the middle of Nobleton, has moved to Barrie, Ontario. The site has been completely cleared and a sign on the King Road frontage says that a proposal to build 144 housing units has been submitted to the Township of King.