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Nov
24

Great News!

Chestnut Park's Got a New Website!

Check it out here: http://www.chestnutpark.com/

For anyone familiar with the old site, I think you'll find this one to be a vast improvement in both design and basic functionality.  I personally am very happy to see this change.

Here's the page for our Stouffville listing

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Nov
23

Mid-Novemeber Stats

TREB Reporting More Strong Growth So Far in November

In the first two weeks of November, 3,666 sales have been reported in the GTA - an increase of 84% over last year. Average sale price for these two weeks is also up 10% year-over-year to $415,066.  More positive news for sure, but again, these numbers are really more of a reflection of how frozen the market was last year, than how strong the market is this year.  This increase of 84% in sales is really just the Toronto market returning to it's normal levels of activity.

Increased interest in ownership housing has been widespread throughout the GTA and
across all housing types,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Tom Lebour.
“However, it is important to point out that we are now making comparisons to the fall of
2008 when we experienced a marked decline in sales and average price”

"Increased interest in ownership housing has been widespread throughout the GTA and across all housing types,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Tom Lebour. “However, it is important to point out that we are now making comparisons to the fall of 2008 when we experienced a marked decline in sales and average price”

“Sales and average price in the GTA this winter will be well above levels reported throughout the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009," according to Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis. 

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Nov
11

November 11th, 2009

 Remembrance Day 2009 RCAF

On this day, more than any other, Mary-Jo and I take time to remember and honour the memory of her father, George Clinton Keefer.  We'd like to send our deepest respect and thanks to all veterans - past, present and future - and their families.

                            George Clinton Keefer                          

George Clinton Keefer

(1921–1985) DFC*, DSO*, CG, NFC

Born in New York of a Canadian mother and an American father, George Clinton Keefer spent part of his childhood in Charlettown (P.E.I.). After receiving a scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Yale University, he enlisted in the RCAF in October 1940, receiving his “wings” in April 1941. His flying instructor at Cap-de-la-Madeleine (Qc) wrote of Keefer, who had soloed after only four hours: “Exceedingly keen; no cockiness; absolutely no fear …and has lots of dash and pep”. These characteristics would define him throughout his life. He graduated at the head of his class and was quickly posted overseas to an Operational Training Unit and then to RAF Squadron No 274 flying Hurricanes in the Middle East. He would return to Europe in May of 1943 and fly Spitfires with the RCAF’s 416 and 412 Squadrons. During the course of the war, Keefer would rise to the rank of Wing Commander, fly three tours of operation and account for 12 enemy aircraft destroyed, 2 probables, 5 destroyed on the ground, with 9 others damaged and over 60 enemy vehicles and ground installations destroyed. He became one of RCAF’s most highly decorated officers with awards of the DFC and bar, DSO and bar (one of only four in the RCAF to be awarded so), The Netherlands Flying Cross and French Croix de Guerre with Gold Star.

Keefer remained with the RCAF until 1947, serving at the Air Force Staff College in Trenton (On) and the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. In 1947, his natural leadership abilities would secure him a General Manager’s position at CAE in Montreal until 1951, when he joined the procurement division of Canadair, also in Montreal. Similar to his career in the military, he would continue to be promoted and left Canadair in 1968 as Vice President. That same year, he purchased Plastal Manufacturing (today Avior), a commercial and aerospace manufacturer of composite parts located in Granby (Qc). With his connections throughout the industry, Plastal was able to acquire major contracts for composite parts such as: cabin windows, air ducts, glare shields, wheel bins, flight simulator windows, etc. These contracts were secured for such programs as: the Canadair CL-215 Water Bomber and CL-600 Challenger; De Havilland Dash 7 & 8; McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and MD-80; the Pratt & Whitney Helicopter Division, etc. With his great vision of the future, leadership abilities, dedication and tenacity, Keefer would establish the organization as a world leader in the field of composite parts and was a great inspiration to all of those around him until his untimely death in 1985.

Inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Museum and Hall of Fame on November 13th 2008.

Keefe (left) & John Lane, 4th June 1942.  After seeing a flair over the North Africa desert, Keefer landed & met a downed & stranded SAAF pilot (John Lane).  The 2 men squeezed into the cockpit of Keefe's Hurricane and flew home.  This photo shows the pair - demonstrating for the press - how it was done.

More information on my remarkable Grandfather can be found here at the Aces of World War II website.

                                 

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