Joseph Noble, the early 19th century storekeeper for which the the village of Nobleton was named, must be spinning in his grave this week, at the spelling of his namesake village on the Trisan Centre reader-board in Schomberg. As an old newspaperman, I'm reminded of a phrase heard occasionally in my early years when people knew they were going to be quoted in the local rag: "Say what you want about me, but spell my name right".
I have noticed this odd structure being constructed over the last two or three weeks, on the south side of Hwy. 9, between the 8th Concession of King and the western boundary of the Holland Marsh. I have no idea what its purpose might be and there is no sign associated with it. The exact location is on the south-east bank of the Holland River (west branch) where the river goes under the Hwy. 9 bridge. The photo above looks west along No. 9, towards Schomberg. If you know what this structure is, maybe you can leave a comment here as to its identity.
Here's a new road sign I hadn't seen until today. Mill Road, running south of the King Road, between the 7th and 8th Concessions, has a supplementary sign announcing that the Mill Road is also a gravel road. I believe Mill Road has been a gravel road for approximately 180 years and now I am a little curious about the origin and reason for this sign.
If you're planning to have lunch or dinner in the front patio of Hogan's Inn, on Keele Street in King City, be prepared to share the space with this charming, almost-to-scale, horse and rider. The lovely statue serves to underscore Hogan's horsey heritage as a 19th century hotel stable and a scheduled stop for the horse-carriage service from the train station, at the south end of the village, to the centre of the village. The carriage service was particularly useful to shoppers returning to King Township from shopping in Toronto and to travelling salesmen laden down with their wares and samples.
The old Herman McBride house on Clearview Heights, at the south of King City, in behind Clearview Motors & Service Station has been slimmed down to make room for a second housing unit on the samebuilding site. Originally, a request had been proposed to completely dismantle the the old McBride house and build two new houses on the site. The request was not granted however, and now the west portion of the McBride house will remain and a new house will be built on the east half of the lot. Apparently, this planning compromise is supposed to please parties on both sides of the development issue. Let's hope that what's left of the McBride house is affectionately restored and that the new house is of a complementary design. The property for the present King City United Church, located a block north on Elizabeth Grove, was donated by the family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman McBride back in the early 1960s. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
Chipmunks are omnivores and eat everything from grass to nuts, fungi to worms, seeds and insects, to frogs and fruit. This one in the backyard today seemed to be checking out the barrel containing young strawberry plants. It will have to patient as the plants have only just started to sprout. Here's hoping it doesn't start eating the leaves before the blossoms appear.
I've pictured this gateway in this space a couple of times over the past few years and commented about its artistic statement. Right now, the lily has been gilded with the addition of two huge planters evoking thoughts of spring. I would not presume to call this the grandest gate in King but it would certainly make the short list. It is located on the west side of Weston Road, between Churchill Avenue and the 18th Sideroad.
Parking for Go Train riders in King City continues to be a frustration, despite constant expansion of available spaces. The latest partial solution is to occupy unused spots in the King City United Church parking lot on Elizabeth Grove, just east of the firehall. When the photos shown here were taken on Friday morning, May 3, just three vehicles were taking advantage of the new arrangement. However, with the growth in local housing and increased GO Train ridership, it's probably just a matter of time before the parking lot is full to overflowing. For the church, this may be a case of better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
I casually asked someone this week if they knew what the former Chinese food restaurant, on the King Road in the middle of King City, was going to be when renovations
were complete and it re-opened. My friend
replied that it was going to be a plumbing supplies store. I gasped: "you're kidding?".
My friend was not kidding and we had a spirited discussion about the wisdom of such an undertaking. We agreed the store seemed too small and that there was too little parking, plus it should be a chic retail store of some sort, or a speciality restaurant with Vietnamese food.....yeah, Vietnamese food! With the hopes of so many villagers hanging on the revitalization of King City's business core and attractive retail development, a plumbing supply store seems a bit of a disappointment. Maybe the plumbing info is a ruse and there is something chic in the works. Oh well, we shall see what we shall see.