Steel is up for three new businesses at The King's Ridge Marketplace in King City. I don't know if the news is official yet, but the info was passed on to me by one of the King's Ridge merchants. The new structure is between Tim Horton's and the LCBO. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
Things are not always as they seem as they seem, are they? No, and garbage collection in King City has not been taken over by monster lifting cranes. This rig was delivering heavy cement building forms to a home under construction, next door, and parked itself hovering above our garbage.
ThisAmerican licence plate caught my eye, a day or so ago, outside The Roost Cafe on Keele Street in King City, and I noted with interest that, to my knowledge, I had never before seen a Utah licence plate in our village. King City and Utah are a mere 3,000 kms. apart. Two phrases on the licence plate reminded me that many Americans do not understate things, when pride of country is on the line. The phrases were "Greatest Snow On Earth" and "Life Elevated". I hope your stay in King City was pleasant, folks. Come again.
I've no idea what a vampire facial is, but I'm told Kim Kardashian is promoting them, so they must be a hot item. Anyway, they are available in King City. The advertising reader-board above was spotted in the village, on Doctors Lane, at Keele Street.
Construction of the new King Township municipal offices is now well underway, at the west side of the village, but there is not much to see yet that resembles a monument to local municipal government. Completion will take place in 2018.
The Tamarack tree is an evergreen that turns yellow in the fall, like many deciduous trees. It also loses its needles the way deciduous trees lose their leaves in fall. It is also know as the Eastern Larch, Black Larch, Red Larch, American Larch and Hackmatack. Wikipedia says the word tamarack is an Algonquian name for the species and means "wood used for snowshoes".
King City Cemetery was started 130 years ago, in 1887. Elizabeth McClure Gilliam in her 1975 history of King, entitled Early Settlements of King TownshipOntario,tells the story of Mr. R. Kirbyson who was one of the first caretakers. He was paid $1.00 for a ten-hour day. One year his wages amounted to $33.75, but as he had taken hay off the land and the hay was valued at $24, his pay that year was reduced to $9.75.
Some folks are calling it an amphitheatre and others say it is a bandshell, but whatever it is to be called, it is well under construction and will be a delightful alfresco musical venue in the spring of next year. When the type of structure is nominally described it will probably be only at matter of time before it is named and dedicated to a well-deserving historical or modern-day personality, or an event, etc. If I close my eyes and listen carefully, the grounds of the King Heritage & Cultural Centre are already alive with the sound of music.
This photo of my wife Linda's Scott ancestors is not a Remembrance Day photo, as such, but I thought I would present it here and now because it has a direct connection to the WW1 era and there is an excellent WW1 exhibit currently on display at the King Heritage & Cultural Centre. It was taken on Jane Street, south of Kinghorn, at the home Lewis W. James Scott. I do not know the exact date of the photo, but judging by the three family members in uniform, it was early in the 1900s. The elderly couple in the centre of the back row are James and Edith Scott and there are four generations of their family in the photo. The soldiers are husbands of James and Edith's granddaughters. This house still stands today on the west side of Jane Street, south of the Kingsbridge Centre. There are a number of Scott descendants still about in the King area.
Locale Restaurant, at the four corners in King City, will celebrate five years in business, early in December. It was a success from its opening day on December 11, in 2012, and is thriving to this day. Success begets success it seems because the folks at Locale are opening a new restaurant on Yonge Street in the south end of the Town of Aurora. Opening should be some time in November, but certainly before the end of the year. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
Please indulge me, dear reader, while I show you a Hallowe'en photo of three of my grandchildren, who live near Ottawa. Looks like little brother, Malcolm, caught his sisters, Brawley and Emondine, stealing Hallowe'en treats.
Kelly Matthews is about to release her second book on King Township lumineries; this time about Sir Henry Pellatt, of Casa Loma and Marylake fame. The Road to MARYLAKEfalls on the heels of her very successful first book: EATON HALL Pride of KingTownship, published in 2015. The new book launch will take place this Wednesday, November 1 at Marylake Shrine, north of King City. There is great anticipation by the readers of Kelly's first book, which has become a popular and definitive local history publication. Please comment if you wish.
Winter solstice (first day of winter) is still eight weeks away, but four Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis)arrived in our backyard early yesterday morning. Lind spotted them at breakfast time. There are two males and two females: the first of many more hopefully. Such lovely little creatures!
King City resident, Wilson Markle, submitted the photo above to the King Weekly Sentinel's photo contest recently and it was among the winners which appeared in last week's newspaper. The photo, with its interesting and eye-catching perspective, was taken on the King City Trails at sunset, from Manitou Drive. Nicely done, Wilson.
Many people are familiar with the three old pictures, at top, but they may be new to other viewers. The railway ran between Schomberg and Yonge Street in Oak Ridges for 29 years in the early 1900s. The picture at the bottom is a recent picture of the old railway station in Schomberg, now a longtime residence in the village. A portion of it can be seen in the 2nd picture above, at the right side of the photo.