Yearly: 2011

01 Nov


LSRCA Water Conservation Award Presentation 2011


Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) official presentation to the MLRA at the Awards Banquet.

Transcript of presentation made by banquet emcee Megan Cote to
the MLRA

“The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association is dedicated to making sure that the community of Musselman’s Lake continues to be a vibrant place where all can enjoy the lake. The Association has implemented a cutting edge community website to communicate with the residents and anyone having an interest in Musselman’s Lake. They have a complete environmental section that lists tips for shoreline improvements, how homeowners can be environmentally-friendly, and information on their enviro-smart street lights program to reduce energy consumption. They also hosted their annual Earth Day this spring. This is a full day event to clean up the Lake and the surrounding community. This involves not only removal of garbage and debris from the shoreline, but an in-lake clean up as well! Around 100 residents attend to help clean up and learn about local environmental concerns. Overall, the association is a dedicated group of people who are passionate about keeping their community a special place within the Lake Simcoe watershed.”

Filed Under: MLRA News

01 Nov


Watershed Heroes


“The LSRCA on October 27th included
the MLRA in its list of winners for
the ecologically prestigious
WaterShed Heroes Awards.”

By Charlene Jones

Participating in our annual Earth Day Clean-Up, many people shuffle onto Cedar Beach and our greater Musselman’s Lake shoreline, early on a designated spring morning, poking, shifting, moving, lifting and waking up the waters and roads from winter’s snooze. These folks have no idea they are heroes.

Charlene Jones, Councillor Ken Fernandez. Rick
Wigmore, Vice-Chair LSRCA Board of Directors-Bobbie
Drew, Jane Grinnell, Councillor Phil Bannon

The LSRCA on October 27th included the MLRA in its list of winners for the ecologically prestigious WaterShed Heroes Awards. The environmental equivalent to the Oscar’s, this year’s ceremony marked the 30th year of awards to community groups and individuals who, like our annual migrators to Cedar Beach, get up, get out and give back.

The Watershed of course covers the water that flows in and out of Lake Simcoe, our largest wet neighbor, and a giant of biological impact.

Janet Davies, Rick Wigmore, Jane Grinnell,
Councillor Phil Bannon, Charlene Jones

Marsden Gardens and Greenhouses provided the perfect setting, with decorative lights peeking from vines draped skillfully across wooden ceiling bolsters, indoor trees, and a large fountain whose tinkling splash provided a background of sound as clear and soothing as any four piece orchestra. This internal environment demonstrated the beauty and bounty possible when human awareness integrates with nature’s gifts.

Councillor Phil Bannon put forth the MLRA as a candidate for a Watershed Heroes Award and along with Councillor Ken Fernandez, presented a lovely sculpture to Rick Wigmore, President of MLRA, Jane Grinnel, Vice-President, and Charlene Jones, Co-Chairperson Fisheries Committee. These representatives accepted the award on behalf of the many who offer so generously every year of their time and resources, toward cleaning our lake.

Janet Davies of Cedar Beach was on hand to snap a few photos to preserve the moment. Ms. Davies’ generosity toward the MLRA constantly provides our organization with place and resources for our activities. We continue to be deeply indebted to her and her family for their generosity.

Many organizations, from the spiritual retreat center Loretto Mary Holme, located at the south tip of Lake Simcoe, to Highland Gate Golf Club, received awards for their efforts toward sustainable water use. Categories of Awards extended beyond water to include Soil Conservation Awards, Education Awards, the Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award, even Media Recognition Award.

One Tuan Yeap received a Conservation Award of Merit for donating 25 acres of land just outside of Uxbridge, for nature trails and hiking, in perpetuity to the LSRCA. The land will now be husbanded for future generations, providing a healthy portion of nature’s own balance to our fragile Oak Ridges Moraine. Now that’s generosity!

LSRCA 2011 Conservation Awards winners

Among the many people who came forward to accept their awards, the young conservationist Jeff Howard, whose list of volunteer activities on behalf of conservation roused a standing ovation from the audience, deserves special mention.

From an elderly gentleman who confessed to over forty years of active participation as a conservationist, to a group of teenagers called the Newmarket Team: Ontario Stewardship Rangers, the common bond of care about and concern for our natural environment resonated cross generationally, cross gender, cross ethnic divides to unite us as one community.

The spread of that community is impressive: from Six Finger Lakes, to Lake Couchiching, to our own Musselman’s Lake, the single uniting theme resounds: clean up the mess, help nature restore her balance, and whether we receive awards or not, we are all winners.

Proof of the positive effect we are having lies in front of our eyes. This year the lake waters have retained a crystal clear quality not seen for decades. Crayfish, another signal of a healthy balance is returning, appeared this summer after more than twenty years of no-show, and most convincingly, that sound, between a hand-saw and a bull horn, announced the presence of frogs!

Thanks to all the residents who make the effort every year to volunteer their time, resources and ability to bend and lift! You are truly Watershed Heroes! This LSRCA Award belongs to you in recognition of and appreciation for all your hard work!

We look forward to seeing you again, in April, at our next successful Earth Day Clean-Up.

Filed Under: MLRA News

25 Oct


“A Win-Win Opportunity”


The Latest In Canadian LED Streetlights Has Arrived At Musselman’s Lake

Rick Wigmore (MLRA president), Councillor Phil Bannon
and John Johnston (ProTerra LED, CEO) with new ProTerra
LED streetlight.

As part of the three-phase streetlight test launched by Councillor Bannon and the MLRA, a brand new LED streetlight has recently been installed on Byron Street. This is an exciting and innovative venture – not only is this light offering tremendous electrical savings to the town but it is totally recyclable as well (all non-LED streetlights contain mercury and lead and we, as taxpayers, must pay to have them safely disposed of).

The old inefficient streetlight that
was replaced by the LED
streetlight for testing.

Our three phase testing program began back in 2008 with the installation of Enviro-Smart streetlights on Highcrest Road . These were the same lights installed throughout the city of Calgary. The advantages were reduced power consumption (we replaced 175 watt lights with 100 watt lights) and new directional lenses that reduced light pollution dramatically.

Phase two involved the installation of a new High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight on Churchill Drive – along with new directional lens, reduction in power consumption to 100 watts, it also has a reduced mercury content. Now, the third and final testing phase has been launched utilizing brand new LED streetlight technology by ProTerra LED, a Canadian company.

Chris from Fellmore Electric has no problem
with this simple bolt on installation.

It’s no secret that there have been problems in the past with poor quality LED technology coming out of China. However, John Johnston of ProTerra LED has resolved all of these quality issues with a Canadian solution. The test light is only 90 watts but still extremely bright. We may be able to reduce the wattage to 75 watts or even as low as 50 watts which would represent an even greater energy savings than initially anticipated. These lights contain absolutely no lead or mercury and are totally safe for the environment which cannot be said for the two previous test lighting types.

Byron Street with the ProTerra LED test light in
the foreground

These lights are also longer lasting, instant on and produce better quality light with less glare (details are seen easier with greater clarity). Technicians from Fellmore Electrical Contractors Ltd. (contracted by the Town for all streetlight maintenance) installed the light and were really impressed with the small size and quality of the ProTerra LED light.

So please take the time to compare the three styles of lights and let us know which one you prefer.

We can now light our streets safely without undue light pollution and we can also save energy…a win-win opportunity.

Filed Under: MLRA News

18 Oct


Important Plan Amendments To Be Made


The Ballantrae – Musselman Lake and Environs Secondary Plan/Highway 48 Corridor Review will affect us all.

“Town of Whitchurch-Stoufffville Council originally adopted the Ballantrae – Musselman Lake and Environs Secondary Plan in 1994 as a basis for the planning and development of the Ballantrae – Musselman Lake area. The Plan has been amended a number of times to address various development proposals within the community and updates to address compliance with Provincial legislation. The most significant amendment brought the Plan into conformity with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The entire Secondary Plan area is located in the Moraine”

For more information please follow this link
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Filed Under: MLRA News

07 Oct


2011 Musselman’s Lake Hallowe’en Dance


This event just keeps getting better each year… Make sure you don’t miss it!

Halloween DanceWhen:
Saturday October 29, 2011 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Cedar Beach Pavilion , White Dance Hall
155 Cedarvale Blvd, Musselman’s Lake
(at the corner of 9th Line + Cedarvale Blvd)

Live DJ
Mike Feld @ Most Excellent Productions

Potluck Buffet…..Free Parking

CASH Bar – GREAT PRIZES – Costumes Preferred

$15.00 per person
(tickets available at the door)

Admission for Adults 19+ only

All proceeds donated to CCA + MLRA Community Associations

Filed Under: MLRA News

07 Oct


Community Rabies Clinic


The MLRA and Town & Country Animal Hospital are pleased to sponsor a Community RABIES CLINIC Sat. Oct 15, 2011 – 10am to Noon Ballantrae Community Centre

Rabies Clinic
What is rabies?

Rabies is a contagious disease. It can be transmitted to both people and animals through a cut or a scratch from an infected animal.

The disease attacks the central nervous system and, if left untreated, is always fatal. The chance of running into a rabid animal in Ontario is very low. But if you see or come into contact with an animal you think has rabies, call your local health unit or your family doctor immediately.

How do I know an animal is infected with rabies?

Most rabid animals show these signs:

1. They are extremely excited
2. They may attack objects or other animals
3. They may froth at the mouth
4. They may bite at anything

For more information about rabies please Click Here

And also

visit the Town and Country Animal Hospital website.

Filed Under: MLRA News

07 Oct


Let’s Dance!


“When you’re enjoying this year’s Halloween dance, you’re dancing on a long time tradition!”

By Catherine Sword
Co-ordinator of Public Services
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library

Nostalgia – a longing for something far away or long ago.

Let's DanceI’m reminded of a time early in my career. There was a volunteer at our library who told me she was an “Eaton’s girl”. Originally from Toronto she worked at Eaton’s and the company organized staff dances at Musselman’s lake. This is where she met her husband and they made their home in Stouffville.

If you’re interested, the library has a copy of Peter Young’s book, Let’s Dance: a celebration of Ontario’s Dance Halls and Pavilions. Page 30 has a photo and one page description of the history of Cedar Beach Park Pavilion.

Flipping through the book you’ll see a lot of photos providing an interesting snapshot on this era of pavilions and dance halls. It’s easy to understand why people look back on those days with nostalgia. Live bands. Romance. A war that tore at hearts.

When you’re enjoying this year’s Halloween dance, you’re dancing on a long time tradition!

Of course, I expect you’d also like a modern twist, so check out some other books available at the library, although act quickly! They get signed out a lot this time of year.

Halloween treats: recipes and crafts for the whole family

Susie Johns. The big book of Halloween fun

Ghostly Good time

Deborah Harding. Tricks and Treats: the ultimate Halloween book

Tim Burton’s. The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Okay. That’s a picture book, but so much fun to read.)

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell. Pumpkin Carving Book

Edward Palmer. Pumpkin Carving

Country Living’s, Pumpkin Chic: decorating with pumpkins & gourds

Vic Hood. Extreme Pumpkin Carving

Filed Under: MLRA News

09 Sep


What A Sizzling Send Off To Summer


Thank You For A Great Show Cedar Beach!

Fireworks at Musselman’s Lake – Photo by Angela Cleverdon

Everyone gathered in their backyards, on the shore, and in their boats to watch what has become a very popular annual event held by Cedar Beach. On Saturday the residents of Musselman’s Lake and the patrons of Cedar Beach were treated to an amazing fireworks display. Just when you thought the annual show couldn’t get any more spectacular, Cedar Beach has raised the bar and along with the artistry of Pyro- Mario Fireworks based in Stouffville and Most Excellent Productions from Musselman’s Lake, we were able to witness fireworks that were higher, brighter and more complex than previous years set to terrific music.

What a truly amazing show! Thank you Cedar Beach!

The photos are supplied courtesy of Lake resident, Angela Cleverdon.

Thank you Angela.

Filed Under: MLRA News

09 Sep


Park Plan Update


“Everything is still in order…”

We received an email from a concerned resident that said they had heard a rumour about the possibility that the Park Deal wasn’t going to happen. We contacted Councillor Phil Bannon for an update on the Park Deal and Councillor Bannon assures us that “Everything is still in order. Their council has just requested an extension to closing as they are still negotiating with Revenue Canada regarding tax relief.” So the good news is that the Park Deal has only been delayed which is to be expected in such complex negotiations. Once the negotiations are completed we will be moving into the planning stage that will include meetings and consultations with the residents.

With the support of Councillor Phil Bannon, Mayor Emmerson and Council, and with the full cooperation and positive input of the residents, we will all have a beautiful community park and lands that we can all be very proud of.

Filed Under: MLRA News