The winner of the Mutt Show at this year's Schomberg Fair was almost smaller than the 1st Prize Ribbon it eventually won. There were not a lot of entries, but there were some real charmers, including the Boxer, at right, whose tongue was longer than his ears...or was it the other way around? Below, the winner, at left, gives a white Labradoodle a critical, once-over look.
The Mutt Show contestant above had a drink then flipped the water bowl over and rolled in the water, presumably to stay cool. Once again, the eventual winner (the cute little pooch, at left) gave its competition the once-over, before moving on to victory.
Here are a couple of European classic cars I spotted recently hereabouts. At top, in the Coppa's parking lot in King City, is a Rover V8 3500 S. These were built between 1968 and 1977 in the UK. and this is the first one I have ever seen. Meanwhile, below, is a 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina Driver which was getting a wash by its owner, on Weston Road in Laskay. North American-built classic cars are spotted often enough around these parts, but more and more classic cars from Europe are being seen also. That's my 15-year-old red Jeep Liberty in the background of the bottom photo. It was of the first 150 brought into Canada in 2002. While I think of it, am I the only person in King not driving a late-model Range Rover? Sheeeesh!
Like many people in King, I recently received a flyer announcing changes to the Go Train service between Toronto and Barrie, which over the next ten years will see a second rail line added to accommodate increased commuter rail service. The first thing that came to my mind was whether there was room for a second line under the Keele Street and King Road overpasses. I immediately thought that of course there was room for a second track beside the existing one. The photo below shows what appears to be sufficient space. The two overpasses were a huge project a few decades ago and conventional wisdom obviously dictated room for a possible second line. So it appears there will be another substantial project in the works but past foresight will mitigate future service disruption.
Environment Canada has concluded that the storm damage in the Holland Marsh last Thursday, May18, was consistent with an official 'Downburst'. Photos here reflect some of the damage reported which included, damaged and destroyed buildings, downed hydro and telephone poles, damaged fields and irrigation pipes, trees downed, and widespread scattered debris. The thunderstorms were severe and included high winds and large hail.
Environment & Climate Change Canada defines a 'Downburst' as a strong connective downdraft resulting in an outward burst of often damaging winds at or near the surface. The affected are may be less than 1 km to more than 100 km in horizontal dimension.
Seneca College's Canadian flag flying above Eaton Hall is more than flagging. In fact, it's torn asunder. One ragged half still flies atop the ship mast flagpole, while the other remnant lies on the ground below, beside the information plaque about the site. Replacing a flag here is not a quick and easy fix, but I'm sure it will be addressed in due course.
Long-time King Township resident, Mary Scott, celebrated her 95th birthday with nearly 200 family members, neighbours and friends at Laskay Hall on Sunday, May. 21. She is seen above with one of the many Scott relatives, Linda Wallace, of King City. Mary was smartly dressed for the occasion and carried off that royal blue fascinator hat with her usual aplomb.
The King Heritage and Cultural Centre is now surrounded by old and new houses in Kinghorn. New homes, in various stages of construction are seen in the background of photographs of the 1861 SS# 23 Kinghorn School, the 1851 King Christian Church and the 1852 King City Railway Station.