Over 2,000 streetlights in King Township will begin this week to be converted from HPS to LED types, improving visibility and safety, reducing pollution and using significantly less power. King City is first to get the new lights (see photo of Keele Street above) followed by Nobleton and Schomberg. The project is to be completed by the end of September and should pay for itself, through reduced maintenance and power consumption within nine years. During the light replacement phase, existing poles will be evaluated to consider any existing deficiencies (straightening or replacing).
A couple of new carved canines have joined the pack of mutts that have, for several years, greeted visitors and caught the eyes of passers-by at 16200 Hwy. 27, a little north of the 18th Sideroad, south of Schomberg. I wonder 'howl' they'll all get along?
This new shopping plaza will open this summer directly north and across the street from the Brownsville Junction Shopping Centre, no doubt creating more heavy competition for the commercial sales and service shops of nearby Main Street.
I spotted this lovely blossoming tree at the front entrance of the high school in King City on Tuesday, and decided to photograph it. I quickly noticed that the Canadian flag beside it was at half-mast. I slipped into the school and asked about the flag and was told by the office staff it was in sympathetic memory of the deceased in the latest high school shooting in Texas. Pax vobiscum.
The Humber Valley Dry Cleaning shop and the convenience store beside it, in the centre of King City is almost complete. Mark and Sarah Yoon who own both properties and who operated the dry-cleaning business for many years before letting a long-time employee take it over for several years, have returned to run the business. The physical make-over of the two buildings was partly funded by King Township's 'Partners in Progress' revitalization project. Will present customers still be seeing the friendly and hard-working Liberty? I've been told she will be working at the dry cleaning shop a few days a week in the near future.
Recent high winds have brought down several trees on the the Oak Ridges Trail and Oak Ridges Trail Association members have been busy doing maintenance work. Below are O.R.T.A. members Ed Miller and Bill Fines of King City working on downed trees.
Above is a photo showing the remains of a trail-side campfire. The Orta website states that camping is not allowed on the Oak Ridges Trail. That likely rules out campfires as well.
We've never had a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks nest in our yard or spend the summer in our backyard
but this may be the year. In the past they sometimes showed up for one day in the spring. This year, a male and female, plus a one-year old male have been with us for a week. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
The large plot of land on the north-east corner of Keele Street and King Road intersection has finally been razed of all previous structures, with the exception of the late Bob McLeod's historic King City Bakery (top left). The view in the picture above looks south-west from the rear of the senior's apartments, at the west end of Dew Street. Hoop Street, which curved through this property since time immemorial, has to all intents and purposes disappeared. No development plan have been put forth before the Township of King but one is surely in the works. One can hardly wait to see a proposal...a bold new vision of residential and commercial perhaps? The property is under the ownership of the same developer that owns the demolished auto repair site on the west side of Keele Street, a couple of doors south of Hogan's Inn. The same developer built the large subdivision at the end of Station Road, west of the GO Station.
I photographed the Wild Turkey, above, in a field just south of the King Road, on the west side of Dufferin Street. Wild Turkey hunting season in Ontario is April 25 to May 31.
Normally Wild Turkeys are very wary birds and do not wander out into large open spaces, especially alone. They prefer to flock together with others of their species, and run or fly for cover in forests or brush when alarmed. Since their re-introduction to Ontario several years ago, they have become immensely prolific.
The former King City Market building on the north-east corner of King City's 'four corners' bite the dust on Wednesday of this week. It was the last building on the site to be taken down, with the exception of the old King City Bakery. The building was built sometime in the 1950s and served as an IGA grocery store for many years. I believe plans to develop the site include restoration of the old McLeod bakery building plus new residential and possible commercial development.