Yearly: 2012

02 Nov

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The Last Halloween Dance.

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Individuals Give The Whole Community a “Black Eye”!

R.I.P. Halloween DanceWhile we had hoped to be writing about what a great time and success our 8th Annual Community Halloween Dance was, we are saddened and disturbed by the senseless situation that befell this year’s event. What has always been a fun and much anticipated community fund raiser, bringing friends and neighbours together, deteriorated into a brawl between two groups of young drunken, immature buffoons. We have chosen not to use the term “men” or “women”, or even children, as we do not believe it applies to any of those who instigated or fueled this ridiculous “punch-up”. What a shameful disgrace the lot of you are!

For those who didn’t attend the community Halloween Dance or left early, 10 – 15 young individuals, perhaps more, presumably emboldened by alcohol decided to turn a great annual event into their own fight-night. These reprehensible individuals have managed to take a truly fun and meaningful event and ruin it for everyone else. And for what, to show what brave fighters they are? Last year one of the identified troublemakers shoved a retired man into a young girl – pathetic! In reality, they are nothing more than simple-minded morons whose IQ matches their shoe size, and even that might be a reach! They obviously have no sense of control or respect for themselves or others. Even with hired security staff, and some of the attendees helping out, the situation elevated so quickly that there was little that could be done to halt the madness.

The organizing committee works so very hard and goes above and beyond to ensure each year the dance is a bigger and better event. On behalf of the entire community and all those that have enjoyed many years of fun at the annual dance, we would like to extend a truly heart-felt thank you to Lisa White and the Cedarvale Residents Association, Kyle and Morgan Jenkin and the team at Cedar Beach, Mike Feld and his fantastic crew at Most Excellent Productions and the MLRA Executive for all your efforts. It has not gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated by many.

It is with a tremendous amount of regret that the organizing committee has made the decision that this year will be the last Community Halloween Dance. It is an unfortunate decision, but the need for the presence of police cars and ambulances has convinced us it is simply not worth the risk to life and property to allow this fund raiser to continue. What a shame. It’s just another sad example of how a few rotten apples can spoil the whole bunch.

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15 Sep

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New Gateway Signs

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Community Of Musselman’s Lake

New Gateway Signs, Community of Musselman's Lake
Musselman’s Lake new community gateway signs. Photo – Dan Wigmore

We are sure that you are well aware by now…our amazing new signs have been installed.

The MLRA would like to thank all the residents who participated in our poll that assisted Town Council in making their decision to have the signs read, Musselman’s Lake.

We complimented Mr. Whitehouse and his staff on the look and production of the new blue community signs, which we think most residents agree, look outstanding. Mr. Whitehouse thanked us for our favourable comments and indicated it was a collaborative effort between town staff and the sign contractor.

Many thanks to Councillor Phil Bannon and Town Council for reaching out to the community to get our input as to the name that we preferred to have on the signs before they proceeded with this project.

Times like this make you appreciate the community that we live in. Once again…Residents, Councillor, Town Council and Town all worked together as a team to ensure the betterment of our community.

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30 Aug

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Grimm Story

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In honour of the 200th Anniversary of the 1st publication of the brothers Grimm’s folk tales, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is holding a writing contest

Adult Writing Competition
In honour of the 200th Anniversary of the
1st publication of the brothers Grimm’s folk tales,
the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is holding a writing contest.

1st Prize: $100 2nd Prize: $50 3rd Prize: $25
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Eligible Writers:

  • a member of the WCYR, WCDR, WCSC, and/or
  • those who hold a valid WSPL library card
Theme: Grimm inspired postcard story:
folk tale or fairy tale
Fee: $5 per entry;
one entry per writer
Maximum: 300 words
Deadline: October 1, 2012
How to submit an entry:
Mail: send story and $5 entry fee (cheque) to:
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
Att’n: “Grimm Postcard Story”
30 Burkholder Street
Stouffville, ON., L4A 4K1
Or,
Email: csword@whitchurch-library.on.ca
Subject Line: “Grimm’s Postcard Story”
Attachment: in Word or write story in body of email
Deliver $5 entry fee before Oct. 1 to the:
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library

Requirements:

Cover sheet: Include title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, & number of words.

Story: Must be typed in a 12-point font and double-spaced, on white paper.

NOTE: The author’s name should NOT appear on the actual entry, only on the cover sheet.

All winners will be invited to read their story on the WhiStle Radio program “Shelf Life”, and will receive a limited edition chapbook of winning stories, produced letterpress by a local private press.

Stouffville Library Logo

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16 Aug

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Sign Of The Times

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New community sign update

Cartoon of Musselman's Lake Sign
Special thanks to Walt Radda and the Stouffville Free
Press for this cartoon. Imaged supplied by and used
with permission from the Stouffville Free Press.

This week the Musselman’s Lake Residents Association (MLRA) followed up with Mr. Paul Whitehouse, Director of Public Works for Whitchurch-Stouffville on the status of the new community signs. Mr. Whitehouse informed us that the sign contractor had visited the sites along with town staff to confirm the locations. The contractor was proceeding with locates and Region approval. The good news is they anticipate the signs will be installed within the next two weeks.

We complimented Mr. Whitehouse and his staff on the look and production of the new blue community signs which we think most residents agree look outstanding. Mr. Whitehouse thanked us for our favourable comments and indicated it was a collaborative effort between town staff and the sign contractor.

Many thanks to Councillor Phil Bannon and Town Council for reaching out to the community to get our input as to the name that we preferred to have on the signs before they proceeded with this project.

Times like this make you appreciate the community that we live in. Once again…Residents, Councillor, Town Council and Town all worked as a team to ensure the betterment of our community.

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14 Aug

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A Big Thank You

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A big thank you to Charlene Jones for her lovely article about the Free Press on the MLRA website.

A big thank you to Charlene Jones for her lovely article about the Free Press on the MLRA website.

Musselman’s Lake is a historic and beautiful corner of Whitchurch-Stouffville, with a caring population who work hard to enhance their community. Best of all, they know how to have fun and they always provide a warm welcome for this townie whenever I drop by for a visit.

Keep up the good work and keep those stories coming in!

Kate G.

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10 Aug

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“THANK YOU” to Kate Gilderdale and all at the Stouffville Free Press. .

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“Her continued interest in creating friendly and informed relations between the people, who live in the many small communities that comprise the Township of Whitchurch Stouffville, remains a model of how positive communities are built, and how they thrive.”

By Charlene Jones
Stouffville Free Press
One of the needs we all feel in modern life, one that often rises but is seldom fulfilled, is the need for community. We all long to belong.

Here at Musselman’s Lake we enjoy the good fortune of belonging. We belong to this hidden jewel of a community and whether we chose to act on invitations to help with the Earth Day spring clean-up, dance the night away at Hallowe’en, or enjoy the Winter Carnival as volunteer or attendee, we all reap the good feeling of knowing we participate in an exemplary community. We are also supported by the excellent reporting and coverage of the Stouffville Free Press, under the editorial eye of Kate Gilderdale.

The mandate of the Free Press includes dedication to the positive, upbeat events, the happenings that bring us all together in a way that lights up the best in us. That is what Kate Gilderdale and the Stouffville Free Press continue to offer to all of us at Musselman’s Lake. The Stouffville Free Press’s Ramblin’ Ruth column is a prime example of this. Ruth LeBlanc is a resident of Musselman’s Lake and her entertaining column often captures life at the Lake in an upbeat and humorous light.

Kate Gilderdale
Kate Gilderdale, editor of the Stouffville
Free Press, tours Musselman’s Lake

Kate’s recent coverage of our Name Survey indicated we are included in matters involving not just our immediate area, but that we count to the larger town of Stouffville. Her continued interest in creating friendly and informed relations between the people, who live in the many small communities that comprise the Township of Whitchurch Stouffville, remains a model of how positive communities are built, and how they thrive. The Free Press under the ever vigilant Ms. Gilderdale, serves honestly and without bias, when researching and reporting on events here at Musselman’s Lake and the surrounding communities. Ms. Gilderdale serves to bring our community into more clear focus for our neighbours in Stouffville and the whole Township of Whitchurch Stouffville.

For all her continued help in covering our activities, in particular for her support on our Lake Watch Program and with the survey to determine our official name, we send a communal “THANK YOU” to Kate Gilderdale and all at the Stouffville Free Press.

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24 Jul

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Lake Watch Life Rings

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You may have noticed…

You may have notice the new additions to the Lake’s landscape. As part of our ongoing Lake Watch initiative, the MLRA has installed Lake Watch Life Rings at six different sites around the Lake. These life rings are attached to 50 feet of line and mounted on five foot high aluminum posts so that they can be easily seen and accessed in an emergency. The MLRA Lake Watch initiative of Rescue, Prevention and Education was sparked by the tragic drowning last year of two young girls.

Councillor Phil Bannon helps Ian Feld and Mike Murphy with an installation.
Councillor Phil Bannon helps Ian Feld and Mike
Murphy with an installation.
Ed stands by the newly installed life ring on his dock.
Ed Ulbl stands by the newly installed life ring on his dock.

Please take a look at the photo slideshow for more lake watch life
ring photos!

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18 Jul

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It’s Official

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Our Community Is Musselman’s Lake

It’s official! Town Council passed a motion to move forward with our new community signs saying Musselman’s Lake on them.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our informal survey.

Musselman's Lake Sign
The new signs now will be consistent with the current roadway signs.
Musselman's Lake SignNew signs will look like the one shown here for Bloomington

We will keep you updated as to when the nice new Musselman’s Lake signs will be installed.

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04 Jul

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The Results Are In!

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The Informal Survey voting reveals a clear preference

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. The informal survey revealed a clear preference to using the apostrophe “s”. We will forward these results to Councillor Phil Bannon so that hopefully our new signs will read “Community of Musselman’s Lake”. See Letter to Phil Bannon below.

Musselman's Lake Sign
The new signs now will be consistent with the current roadway signs.
Musselman's Lake SignNew signs will look like the one shown here for Bloomington

Copy of letter from Rick Wigmore to Councillor Phil Bannon

Good Morning Councillor Bannon,

As you are aware the Musselman’s Lake Residents Association has been polling the community to find out whether the residents prefer our community to be known as Musselman’s Lake or Musselman Lake.

We conducted the poll both on-line for those with computers and by mail to capture those residents without a computer. 171 Residents participated in the poll (152 on-line and 19 by mail). The results were overwhelmingly in favour of calling our Community “Musselman’s Lake” with 138 Residents (81%) preferring “Musselman’s Lake” and 33 Residents (19%) preferring “Musselman Lake”.

We would appreciate if you can let the Mayor and Council know that the residents have decided that the community going forward should be known as Musselman’s Lake. The Residents have also expressed that they would like this name to appear on the beautiful blue community signs that the town has been erecting throughout Whitchurch-Stouffville at the entrance to each community. We would also appreciate it if you could let us know a timeline for erecting these new signs at Musselman’s Lake. We are also happy that these signs will finally reflect the same name as the Ministry of Transport has had on their signs for years and there will be consistency and one name “Musselman’s Lake”.

Thank-you for awaiting a community decision before proceeding with the new signs.

Best Regards,
Rick Wigmore

President,
Musselman’s Lake Residents Association

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in this Informal Survey. We will keep you informed on any updates on the status of our new signs.

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