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King Township is a Winner!

by Greg Locke

“It’s my honour to inform you that King won the National Award, Steve”

At 11:20 a.m. this last Saturday October 3rd, these were all the words necessary for Steve Pellegrini, Chair of  the King Blooms Committee, to tell the world what had just been announced at the Communities in Bloom national conference in Vaughan, Ontario, “Sent from a screen that is 2″x3″, or in other words, my blackberry.”

Pellegrini, former 2-term King Township Councillor and previous Mayoralty candidate, was estatic with the outcome, as were the members of the King Blooms Committee including Lynda Rogers, Blair Day, Barb Niemeyer, Carol Ann Trabert and Janet Orr.

Greg’s River Flows Through It (2001) was selected as the 2009 branding piece of King Blooms, King Township’s committee of the national Communities in Bloom organization.

Below is an excerpt of the official Communities in Bloom award description:

2009 National Edition

Township of King, ON

Winner of the 10,001 to 20,000 Population Category

5 Blooms

Special Mention: Conservation of Farmland and Old Growth Forests

The Township of King has won in the 10,001 to 20,000 population category of the 2009 National Edition of Communities in Bloom, receiving a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention ­for the Conservation of Farmland and Old Growth Forests.

Between Toronto and Barrie, The Township of King has been described as the ‘Lungs of Toronto’: nearly 70 percent of the land is on the Oak Ridges Moraine, a protected area, while the rest is protected by Greenbelt. Agriculture is the way of life for many in the township, and the Moraine has a unique concentration of environmental, geological and hydrological features that make its ecosystem vital to south-central Ontario.

Communities in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of green spaces in urban settings.

Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the Communities in Bloom program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.

For more information:

Township of King: Steve Pellegrini  905-874-2328  905-841-9312 steve.pellegrini@brampton.ca

Communities in Bloom: 514-694-8871 : www.communitiesinbloom.ca

Congratulations to everyone in King Township and the King Blooms Committee for a job well done!

Greg with River Flows Through It and King Blooms Banner 2009

For more on the history of this year’s King Blooms banner, click here.

See River Flows Through It here. See the full banner image below.

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King Blooms Banner 2009

Greg’s River Flows Through It (2001) has been selected as the 2009 branding piece of King Blooms, King Township’s organizing committee of the national Communities in Bloom organization.

Greg with River Flows Through It and King Blooms Banner 2009
King Weekly published an interview with Greg on his inspiration for River Flows Through It, used as the King Blooms Banner 2009.

The image below is a sample banner for this year’s organization – it will hang on light standards in all major towns across King Township to promote awareness of this campaign from May through October.

On the request of the King Blooms Committee, Arts Society King (ASK)  selects one piece of art each year from a King Township artist, preferably from a medium not featured previously.  This will be the fourth year ASK has been, well, “asked” to perform this duty.

ASK’s Board was impressed by the work’s metaphors of the history of our rural area (by the gothic window shape); the natural colours utilized to convey a sense of our community’s passion for nature and preservation; and the flowing clear bands of glass signifying the interrelationships, power and beauty between them.

Greg is delighted to have this work featured so predominantly within King for the majority of 2009.

See River Flows Through It here. See the full banner image below and further down, the Banners proudly displayed on Main St. Schomberg.

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