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It happened just before Christmas in 2013 – an unexpected winter ice storm. It rained, then it snowed, then it rained again. Eventually drizzling December rain, gradually freezing with time, encapsulated all trees and shrubs with a thick layer of ice. I remember venturing not too far from home in the evening to the Superstore …

On this day, four years ago on April 11th, 2014 firefighters battled a devastating fire of the Aurora United Church that was located at the corner of Yonge and Tyler Street downtown Aurora. It was an emotional day for the people of Aurora. On this day I was out of town and I only saw …

This is the upgraded St. John’s sideroad in Aurora ON looking West. We went for a drive today in the morning to check out the area and to take a few street view photos after the major reconstruction. The grading is definitely different. We have a new underpass still in working progress. The cell tower …

Although not the most appealing image of a room in an abandoned log house, it is quite common for many deteriorated abandoned houses. What you see here is one of the rooms on the upper floor of the Petch Log house back in April of 2011. At that time this house stood alone on a …

It was an accidental find. The red barn’s roof with an emblem of a horse on the front face of the barn showed up in the view as we walked through Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area in late April of 2014. By mapping out the area today, the red barn with three other residential properties is …

Last time I checked, the hydro pole on Bayview Avenue just North of St. John’s sideroad in Newmarket was still tipping and the road was closed. A few traffic pylons were blocking the left turn lane on St. John’s sideroad going East and on Bayview Avenue going North drivers were forced to make a right …

Thompson’s Fine Furniture store used to be located on the West side of Yonge Street, downtown Aurora, just South of Wellington Street. The store closed its doors in 2009 and the property stayed closed for a few years. To learn more about the history of this building and its owners you can read this interesting …

A big change for the Aurora Armoury at the Town Park is happening now. The Aurora Armoury built in 1874 is one of the oldest armouries in Ontario, also called a Drill Shed for the 12th Battalion of Infantry or York Rangers. In addition, the building also served as an alternative community space, “Live at the …

An industrial building once a foundry where plows were made is now a warehouse for basketware and accessories. Bacon Basketware Limited, a basketware warehouse in Aurora’s downtown neighbourhood has been operating for many many years and evidently still is. This interesting industrial building that is located on Wellington Street, one block West of Yonge Street …

A snapshot of the Council meeting at the Town of Aurora ON Town Hall on April 9th, 2013. Shown in the middle is Mayor Geoff Dawe (1st Mayoral Term, currently serving his 2nd Mayoral term) looking over at something on Neil Garbe’s side, the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Corporation of Town of Aurora. Mr. …