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ASK Studio Tour

One of my favourite annual event is the ASK Studio Tour.  Unfortunately the urgent necessity of stopping the spread of COVID means that we can’t go to the studios but we can still see the art.  We can purchase a piece for that bare wall, or perhaps a new piece to replace the one you have been looking at for 14 months as you work remotely!  Or, we can purchase a beautiful shawl or basket.  The virtual tour officially opens April 11 although it has been open for previews already for a couple weeks.

What is the Story Behind That Photo?

Do you like to tell stories?  Are you inspired to make up a story when you see a painting?  If so, I think you will be interested in this ASK event:  timeless tales writing contest.  Seven intriguing images from King’s past are waiting for York Region writers of all ages to tell it like it wasn’t. Pick one, and let your imagination go wild. The best of the best in each of 4 age categories, from children to adults, will be awarded prizes.   Here are all the details and all historic photos.  Entries can be submitted up till May 31st.

King Community Clean-Up

Its wonderful spring and it is time to clean up the public areas of our beautiful King:  the streets and paths you enjoy walking on, the parks and the roads.  As always, we each need to be careful as we do the clean up, particularly when picking up garbage on streets and roads; and of course this year we need to practise social distancing and to wear masks if working with others.  Township will have clean-up kits for pick up at 4 locations on Friday April 23rd; and Township will pick up your garbage filled bags at the location you register on Monday April 26.  Here are all the details:  where to pick up supplies and where to register for garbage pick up.  

Gypsy Moth: the offense

In late summer 2020 many people remarked on how the canopy of trees was being eaten away by gypsy moths.  Some tried to swat & capture the moths; and before that there was effort to trap  the caterpillars on tree trunks.  As we start to have warmer temperatures it is now the time to scrape off the eggs which have been laid on the tree trunks by last year’s moths.  The photos to the left are what the eggs look like now.  A King City resident, Bill Patterson, published an article published in King Weekly Sentinel with the full story on the cycle of these moths; and very importantly how anyone can help to reduce the infestation this year and the damage to our trees.  As he reports oak trees are the favoured diet but few tree species are truly protected.  Once the eggs hatch it is too late. Here is  his article.


Refreshed Community Improvement Plan

On Council March 29 agenda there is the proposed  refreshed Community Improvement Plan (CIP).  As expressed earlier when the draft was presented to Council in February I believe the CIP is “good” for King and I am very pleased with its evolution in terms of increasing the eligibility for grants.  As indicated in the report the fundamental motivation is to incent property and business owners to make changes to foster growth.  Appropriately the focus has been and continues to be on the village cores; but in the refreshed CIP there is recognition that there is economic activity outside the village cores both in the hamlets and at farms throughout the Township.    Its also recognized that heritage properties within the village cores contribute to the attractiveness of those cores and accordingly grant eligibility should extend to them.  I am impressed with the precinct concept; once a property owner understand which precinct they are it is pretty easy to determine which grants are available and the details. I am also very impressed with the speed with which this has been done as our small business have been so seriously affected by the pandemic; and I note that some portion of the grants is for projects to make improvements to address safe safe social/physical distancing measures.  To access the Staff report and all the appendices click here and scroll down to 7.1. 

As the meeting is being conducted virtually it is necessary to register to make a deputation; alternatively you can send an email.  To register or to email your questions and comments do so at [email protected] by March 29 noon.