The scene was the Around the Bend Farm at Kettleby on Monday of this week (local election day). The occasion was a PA Day for two of our grandsons, the 'Bailey Boys' (above). There were many busloads of children and parents who joined the throng and it was organized bedlam. A good time was had by all of course and we bought a couple of bags of fresh produce plus a pumpkin. We stop by every week in the summer and fall for fruits and veggies. The boys particularly enjoyed the corn maze and the big hay-bale climbing castle.
On the way back to King City, we stopped along the 16th Sideroad at Pine Farms Orchard for apples and other goodies, and of course the Bailey Boys had to climb all over the playground fort and the over-sized lawn chair (see above). It was hard to say who enjoyed the outing more: the grandsons or the grandparents.
King's acclaimed mayor Steve Pellegrini and acclaimed councillor Cleve Mortellitti were the last to leave the council chambers on Monday evening after the election results were almost complete. Understandably, the two gentlemen looked very relaxed after an election that allowed them to watch from the sidelines.
Huge margin of victory for David Boyd in Nobleton
Peter Grandilli in Nobleton was the big loser on election night. He was trounced by newcomer David Boyd. The photo below taken of early results around 8.30 p.m. on election eve shows Boyd leading Grandilli by a margin of 3 to 1. An hour later the numbers for both gentlemen were doubled, with David Boyd still having a 3 to 1 margin. The loss by Mr. Grandilli was not unexpected by many King citizens, but the margin of victory was certainly a surprise for some, including yours truly. All other wards in the township returned their existing councillors - most by comfortable margins. Local newspapers will have all the details in a couple of days, and the results should also be on the township's website almost immediately.
Wednesday, October 22 marked the official opening of the Goldie Feldman Nature Reserve and hiking trail, in the Happy Valley Forest, on the King Ridge. The property is located on the 17th Sideroad of King Township, a few hundred metres west of the 6th Concession (Weston Road). The event was hosted by the Ontario Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. I did not learn of the trail opening in time to attend, but I walked the trail a few days later and some of what I saw is pictured below. The entrance sign to the property advises that pedestrian access is permitted and the phone number for more info is 1-866-281-5331. The entrance is on the south side of the 17th at #4093.
A few vehicles can park at the main entrance or on the 17th Sideroad.
Steps leading to the trailhead
Informal and rustic seating for groups
Local residents and their dog on the main trail
The natural highlight of the Goldie Feldman Reserve has to be the trees. Many eastern forest species of trees are represented. There are impressive specimens of Maples, Oaks, Ash, Beech, Basswood, Birch, Aspen, Hemlock and Pine. All of these species show many examples at the top end of their normal height range (trees up to 70 and 80' ) and a few specimens are even exceptionally taller, in the 100'+ range.
History buffs might be interested to know that the 1860 George Tremaine map of King Township shows the the Goldie Feldman Nature Reserve property being owned by Edward Pease. Mr. Pease owned the 100 acres on the south-west corner of the 6th Concession and the 17th Sideroad. On the north-east corner of the same intersection, 200 acres were owned by Septimus Tyrwhitt, the founder of Kettleby.
Here is another new painting by former King Township resident Phil Chadwick. This 'en plein air' painting is only 5" x 7" (see photo below) but up close the final rendering presents a strong colourful image of an Ontario lakeside, entitled Buzzard Lake Sunset Shore.
Following are Phil's online comments about the painting seen above...
"The line of showers and thunderstorms has passed Buzzard Lake allowing the sunset to illuminate the eastern shore opposite camp site 423. The lighting is magic for just a short time period and I wanted to illustrate capturing those colours in plein air. The camera cannot do justice to the brilliance and intensity of these very transient colours. Oils on burnt sienna oil tinted foundation panel - a small (5x7) slippery surface!"
Phil 'the Forecaster' Chadwick, in addition to being a former King Township resident, is a nuclear physicist turned meteorologist who has always been an artist. See more about this gentleman and his art atwww.philtheforecaster.blogspot.com. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
Acclaimed King Township Ward 1 Councillor Cleve Mortelliti gets to recycle a few of his election signs from the last election, as thank-you signs in King City. With the acclamations of Mayor Steve Pelligrini and Councillor Mortelliti, voters in Ward 1 are reduced to voting for just a school trustee. That could hamper voter turn-out in the ward.
It was 7 degrees celsius Tuesday morning and a bit windy and rainy. That didn't seem to dissuade a large group of hardy hikers from tramping on the Oak Ridges Trail, opposite the Pine Farms Orchard on King's 16th Sideroad, between Keele and Jane Streets. I counted approximately 24 vehicles, so the hike must have been very well-attended and while the weather may have been inclement, hikers could of course visit the apple orchard cafe for tea and tarts upon their return.....a very pleasant reward.
Just when I was beginning to think the new Bank of Montreal in the King Ridge Marketplace would not have 'drive-thru' banking, the structure pictured above popped up this week. It is a BMO remote 'drive-thru' banking unit, located approximately 100 metres north of the new Bank of Montreal unit (blue facade) seen at the right side of the picture. The new bank location is opening on Monday, October 27. I had been thinking for several weeks that the BMO did not have a 'drive-thru' unit in its plans, as no provisions seemed to be included in the newly constructed main building. Meanwhile, the BMO's next-door competitor, the Bank of Nova Scotia was already operating its 'drive-thru' service on the east side of its new location. So now 'drive-thru' banking will be a feature of both banks. The new BMO unit has a dedicated driving lane in part of the new parking area where its new 'drive-thru' unit is located. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you may remember Grant Peter from two weeks ago, out riding around King City, with his son Todd, and Todd's dog Lilo in Grant's rear basket. The photo I took back then inexplicably did not show Lilo in all her beauty. I caught up to Grant and Lilo again this past Thursday and took another picture with Lilo staring me in the eye. Just in case you're wondering, Lilo is on a leash in the basket and secure.
The white 'Ghost' pumpkins, pictured above, were on sale today at the Oak Ridges Food Market (Maple Grove and Yonge Street) in North Richmond Hill.
Pink pumpkins were discovered accidentally in the United States but quickly became a symbol and promotional item for breast cancer awareness in America. Pink pumpkins are now available in Canada at selected stores in the Loblaws family of food stores.
Photo by Barry Wallace
Traditional orange pumpkins are pictured in the above photograph which was taken last year on the 10th Concession of King Township, west of Nobleton.
I like to think I get around King pretty well and know what's going on...more or less. But the place above completely took me by surprise. I go up and down Jane Street fairly regularly, but I didn't notice what you see above until today. Three huge barns seemed to have popped up overnight. The sign at the entrance says Valhalla Equestrian Centre and that it is being built by Dutch Masters Design & Construction Services Ltd., a company in Barrie which states that it is the only exclusive builder of horse barns and facilities in Ontario. Meanwhile, if one goes online, one will come across a Valhalla Equestrian Centre in South Carolina. I presume there is a connection. We shall see. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace