2018 Birdathon

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May 20, 2018

To say I was excited to get up at 4:45 am would be an exaggeration but I thought it would be a good idea to hear the dawn chorus. After breakfast in the dark (need my energy) I slipped out to the backyard to be greeted by all the eager early birds. To my disappointment the dawn chorus was a dud. Only the usual suspects were singing and even that was thin. This was a fore-shadowing of my whole day. I cannot remember the last time I had to work so hard for so few birds.

I could always count on Robins. They had been singing since 4:00 am. And the Grackles had already claimed their territory by the feeders making the Chickadees, Nuthatches, Mourning Doves and Red-winged Blackbirds wait their turn. I didn’t spend long in the yard but made my way along the ridge north of the Dufferin Marsh. I was greeted by a plethora of Yellow Warblers and Catbirds. A Swamp Sparrow was singing in the same place it does every year and I was lucky to see it up close, head tilted back and “chipping” with abandon. My husband Gary used to say it sounds like a Singer Sewing Machine. Does anyone remember what that sounds like? There were lots of Swallows diving over the marsh and one of them was a Roughed-winged Swallow. That was a satisfying bird.

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Official Plan – Part 2

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April 19, 2018

I want to look at the core area of Schomberg and how the draft Official Plan will affect the character of the historic village.

The draft Official Plan (draft OP) recognises the core area of Schomberg, extending along Main Street from Dr. Kay Drive at the north end to the river at the curve at the south end. Casual observation on this stretch of Main Street shows a mixture of uses including single family residential, apartments, stores, bars and restaurants. In the draft OP this area is designated mixed use which includes both commercial and residential uses. On the surface this seems appropriate until you look at the list of permitted uses. The list does not include single family residential uses.

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Heritage in King Township

April 5, 2018

When I moved to Schomberg I was attracted by the heritage character of the village, especially Main Street, and could see all the potential for a healthy vibrant community. The village was unique and charming and seemed like a little oasis in the otherwise urbanising landscape. Heritage character is what makes our communities distinctive and alive, reflecting the traditions, history and life of the people who once lived there.

The villages and hamlets of King have many properties and structures of heritage significance. In fact, places like Main Street Schomberg and Kettleby are defined by their heritage character. So what does it mean to own a heritage property in King Township?

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