The sidewalk on the east side of Keele Street, south of the King Road is being replaced and traffic has been restricted somewhat by the temporary closing of the curb lane. Presumably, sidewalk replacement on the west side of Keele will follow. This work will be greatly appreciated by pedestrians who have struggled with the poor footing for a long time.
When I approached this pair on a Sunday morning, the colt was stretched out and sound asleep under its mother's nose. When it heard me at the fence, it quickly and awkwardly got to its feet, ignored me completely, and went for the nourishment that only a mother could provide.
Pictured above (on the left) is my neice, April Dawn Georgekish Gull, posing with three of her friends from the Cree village of Wemindji, on the east side of James Bay, in Quebec. Beside April Dawn is Irene Otter. Beside Irene is Francine Moses and on her left is Nancy Danyluk. My impression of these northern ladies is that they are soul-mates when it comes to their northern native sensibilities, plus the collective, very long hair sends a message of which I am yet to learn about. The photo below shows my sister Denise Georgekish (on the right), her daughter April Dawn beside her and April's daughter Amberlane Gull. I have tremendous respect for these women, particularly for their strength in withstanding those northern Quebec/James Bay winters.
I had a very pleasant lunch this past Tuesday with a group of old King friends, which included Bert Archibald (pictured at right). Bert and I go back about almost 65 years in King. He was in Grade 13 at Aurora District High School and I was in Grade 9 at the same school. At lunch, Bert and I sat across from each other and reminisced about the old times in King City during the 1950s. We talked about school and teachers and swimming and skating on the East Humber River, which was right behind the King City Public School (now the Presbyterian church) on Keele Street North in King City. At one point, Bert told me that he and his family and friends used to ice skate in the winter behind the school. He amazed me by saying that he and the other lads would occasionally skate from King City to Lake Wilcox and back again. It was a distance of over eight miles in total. If the Humber wasn't completely frozen over in spots where the water tumbled over rocks and fallen trees, the boys would climb out onto the snowy banks of the river and walk around those spots, with their skates on, and continue the cold icy trek. Bert's recollection reminded me of swimming in the Humber River, as a kid, and I distinctly remember the water being well over our heads, which allowed us to run and dive off a big embankment. The water in that same spot today is about 12 inches deep! Oh, how the times have changed.
The King Weekly Sentinel reports this week that the inaugural King Caravan, scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until Saturday, July 7th from 4 to 8.30 p.m.
A magical evening showcasing King's history and diversity plus a community potluck, was upset by red tape and Laskay Hall restoration construction. A new lineup of entertainment and special guests will be on hand for the new date and info can be had by calling 416-825-4275. Pictures here show hectic activity on the outside finishing touches to the site, in particular the sidewalk connection between the museum and cultural centre and the Laskay Hall.
The wooden bridge over the East Humber River, at Humber Trails Conservation Area, west of Mill Road, in southern King Township, was partially washed out during the late-winter/early-spring of 2016. Visitors are warned not to use the hazardous, unsafe bridge to cross the river. Signs have been posted on site by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority absolving itself of any responsibility for mishaps involving the damaged bridge by members of the public. Sadly, this is the best public access to the historic 'Humber' in King Township.
The photo (left) show at trail counter that records traffic At Humber Trails with the intention of better trail planning and property management decisions. Surely, Humber Trails is a essential component of TRCA's raison d'etre, but it seems to have been completely forgotten. Good intentions do not necessarily make good trails.
I happened across this photo (above) on the internet a few days ago and knew that I had not seen it before. Originally, this was S.S. No.2 Springhill Public School, on the west side of Keele Street, at the north end of today's King City village. It dates from 1873. In 1951, the addition to the east facade (below) was added, long after the name had become King City Public School. I attended my Grade 8 year here in the mid-fifties. The name was changed to Doris M. Public School a few years later and in the late 1960s the School became the Presbyterian Church of King City. The original schoolhouse and now church is 145 years old and would appear to be heading for the 200-year-mark in another 55 years.
About 300 students and teachers from the first decade of King City Secondary School's history were re-united on Saturday, June 16th at the picnic grounds of Black Forest Garden Centre, on Keele Street, south of Kettleby. Early arrivals were greeted by KCSS's first-ever Head Boy, Ted Bird (pictured above). Pictured below are four recollective reunion revellers: (left to right) Lynn (Scott) Anderson, Linda (Cairns) Wallace, Jane (Abrahams) Ebbs, and Lee (Scott) Peters...twin sister of Lynn Scott Anderson (a.k.a. the Scott twins). The perfect event had perfect weather.
I stopped in at the Kingsdale Animal Hospital last Friday to get a bag of cat food for my puss and was greeted at the door by the 10-week-old pure white Golden Retriever, pictured above. His name is Lord Junior, or LJ for short. He was a sweetheart and had everybody in the place absolutely charmed. I was told by his mistress that all-white Golden Retrievers are rare. Apparently that's the case and according to Google they are much more common in the UK.
The peonies in the garden seemed to have got a late start this spring. Warm days finally came along but the nights have seemed be cooler than normal. Our white peony had only one single blossom in June, followed by a profusion of later-than-normal blossoming pink peonies. The red peonies are still mostly in bud. Nature prevails nevertheless and we are enjoying the colours immensely.
I spotted these bracket fungi at the base of a huge tree, on the south side of the Kettleby Road, just west of the cemetery entrance. I'm no fungus or mushroom expert, so I don't know what particular kind of bracket fungus this is. If you recognize it, maybe you can leave a message below.
Restoration of the historic Laskay Hall, now on the grounds of the King Heritage and Cultural Centre in Kinghorn, is nearly complete, even if slightly behind schedule. The grand opening and other scheduled events will occur this summer. The ancient facility combines its ancient heritage with much-anticipated modern conveniences, including air-conditioning, and expanded space in a new lower level. The restoration effort deftly combines historical sensitivities with new-world facilities and undoubtedly will be a constantly busy place in the future for old-timers and newcomers.
These King Township Parks Department employees had a very chilly day (9C) on Tuesday to plant flower beds. I saw them in front of the township offices in the morning and then later (above) at Centennial Park on Jane Street, between the 16th and 17th Sideroads. The work was cold, but the smiles were certainly warm.
Pictured above is a Red Squirrel having a long drink from one of our hummingbird feeders, in the backyard. The holes in the feeder are quite small and only accommodate the tiny beak and tongue of a 'hummer'. The holes are too small to accommodate a squirrel's tongue, so I have to assume that the squirrel is sucking/siphoning the nectar from the feeder. Linda says it's not the first time this squirrel has helped itself in this manner.
Pictured above is my neighbor Nathan, with his grandmother, from down the street, I've watched Nathan walk by the house every day for a couple of years but today he drove by in his car! He seemed very proud of it and the sunglasses were a cool touch.
Pine Farms Orchard on the 16th Sideroad, between Keele and Jane Streets, is already having young visitors who get to see what apples look like before they become apples. Hopefully they'll be back later in the year when blossoms have become delicious apples...ready to pick and eat.