13 May

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Earth Day 2019 – Another Successful Cleanup


Despite cold and wintery like conditions, Earth Day 2019 was a fantastic day and we filled a 40-yard garbage bin!

Without the help from our corporate sponsors, our event would not be the same.  A special Thank you to:

1) United Soils for providing “dusty” the street sweeper and all of the staff that helped clean up.  Dusty collected loads all morning and the roads around the Lake look a lot better and that is a lot less sediment that will end up in the lake!

2) TIny Seedlings, for providing the wonderful chilli and corn

3) Town of WS for the garbage bags, garbage bin, reflective vests and for all of the help from Councillor Smith for help put this together.

Thanks to Iain Lovatt for coming by and offering his support to our day

4) Thanks to MXP for the music and tents

5) Thanks to York Regional Police and the ATV unit for all of their help and thanks to the Auxiliary Police for helping clean up.  Having the police presence while we are on the roads is instrumental in keeping the event safe and having drivers slow down around our kids.

6) Thanks to Cedar Beach for providing the location, the equipment and the staff that allows the MLRA to host this amazing annual event.

7) Thanks to Donnlyn’s roofing for the water and all of their help.

8) Thanks to Tim Horton’s for their donation of hot chocolate, coffee and Tim bits

9) Thanks to Kevin and Tyler as our designated boat crew who spent the morning in the freezing water and pulled out a spectacular amount of garbage and debris.

Most of all thanks to everyone that came out and helped, it was a cold snowy day and we couldn’t do the event without all of you.


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26 Apr

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Earth Day Clean Up – Saturday April 27th @ 9am


Join the Fun and Meet your Neighbours!

Mayor Iain Lovatt and Councillor Maurice Smith will be joining us for our annual Earth Day cleanup of the Musselman’s Lake community.

We will be meeting @ 9am at Cedar Beach Resort

For those who help ‘Spring Clean’ the community, we will be serving Coffee, Donuts and Hot Chocolate, courtesy of TIM HORTON’S

Lunch will be served courtesy of UNITED SOIL MANAGEMENT

Please bring any unwanted bicycles as we will be donating them to AFRICYCLE.org

Most Excellent Production will be entertaining us throughout the event.




Filed Under: MLRA News

27 Mar

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Lake Update re Water Level


 Water Level in Musselman’s Lake

Lake Inlet Culvert – water flows out of the Lake here when levels are high

In the spring of 2018 the MLRA approached Councilor Smith regarding the high water level of the lake and what seemed to be a simple cause.

Dryland Marsh Culvert – Lake high water levels flow out into the Dryland Marsh

Dryland Marsh that Lake overflows into

Seemingly over time the culvert that is in place on the west side of the lake was partially obstructed and that was leading to higher then normal water levels.   The culvert is the only outlet for the lake and if it was not for the culvert the lake could potentially rise until it breached Lakeshore Road and flowed Southwestward throughout that wetland.The solution seemed simple, but of course as things go it has been anything but.  Councilor Smith continued to keep us updated as he worked with Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority, Ministry of the Environment and the Region, apparently “adjusting” the level of a lake is a big deal.  All of these agencies seem to forget that the culvert was in place for a reason and that it is existing and simply needs cleaning. As it turns out others who live around the lake were also approaching Councilor Smith about their concerns regarding the high water level.

Councilor Smith has made progress and I am happy to quote him in the progress.

“I now have a commitment that the town will take on the responsibility and not await input from the Region. This leaves us with just having to deal with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA).  As you are probably aware LSRCA have ultimate authority over the lake.”

“It has also been determined that the culvert in question has deteriorated over the years and as such the project will/must include;

— Culvert replacement

— Road reinstatement

— Clearing the significant amount of sediment from the downstream area

— Design and installation of a control structure to regulate flow and water levels”

“Staff will be exploring grant opportunities for the cost of this work.”

“I wish it was just a straight forward clearing of the culvert and moving on but it appears it will be a bigger and more costly job. However, from my point I am satisfied there is finally a priority put to the project and it will be resolved in the best manner for the long term.”      Councilor Smith.  March 2019.

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25 Mar




Update From Councillor Maurice Smith



At our meeting on February 26 town council had an opportunity to discuss in detail the Town’s 2019 Operational and the Capital budgets. These budgets represent the cost of town operations and are separate from those of the Region and School Boards. All three have an impact on our annual tax bills.

There are many different aspects to the local budget documents. Some of the highlights are as follows;

  • Operations will consume $71.0 million of the tax dollar invoiced by the town and an additional $17.9 million has been set aside for various capital projects.
  • The increase in this budget from that of 2018 will equate to an estimated additional $31.00 for the average detached single family home with a property appraised value of $625,000.
  • An estimated $61.00 total property tax change per home includes the combined Regional, Town and Public School Board.

One of the major changes in the Operations portion of the budget which directly benefits our Ballantrae area, is the approval to hire four additional firefighters. This additional staff will allow the Ballantrae Fire Station to transition to a complete full-time 24/7 service. To accommodate this additional service certain modifications will be required at the current fire-station structure. My fellow councillors supported assigning $825,000 in the Capital budget for this purpose. I have agreed to be the council representative on the steering committee for this project.

Approval was also provided for a $1.9 million Grant to the W-S Public Library.

Approved Capital projects such as the following will be completed in Ward 2. The street lighting systems along Aurora Road will be changed before year-end. The first significant change will be the traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 48 where advanced left turn signals will be installed. Thereafter street lights will be installed on Aurora Road extending the two KM section from the Ballantrae Community Centre west to Grayfield Drive.

Funds were also made available to complete the rebuild of Felcher Park. Grand reopening is scheduled for early summer. $350,000 remains in the Leisure Services budget for outdoor pickleball courts.

Further details and supporting documents are available online at townofws.ca/budgets

Maurice Smith
Councillor Ward 2
Town of Whitchurch – Stouffville
905-640-1910 Ex 2102


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25 May

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Successful Community Teamwork


Nine Years Of Community Persistence Yields Results

On Friday May 11th the house at 18 Coultice Drive was removed from the property. What happened?

Last year the MLRA was contacted through our website by a very concerned member of the public.  The party involved had seen pictures of a house for rent on VRBO and were drawn in by the beauty of Musselman’s Lake and wanted to spend the weekend away.  What they found when they arrived was a house occupied by numerous families, no running water and no hydro. The prospective renters were appalled at the living conditions and reached out to the MLRA for help.

The MLRA in turn contacted our local Councillor Maurice Smith to see what the Town could do.  As it turned out the Town was very familiar with the owner of this property as there had been numerous by-law infractions with police also involved over a span of many years.

Our Councillor knew that intervention was needed immediately and had the Fire Prevention staff involved to assess the safety of the situation. Using their expertise they deemed the house unfit for occupancy.

After nine long years of the residents in the area having put up with everything that has gone on at number 18 Coultice, with the combined resources of the Fire, Police, By-law departments and Town Staff working so hard behind the scenes, an uninhabitable house owned by someone who felt the rules did not apply to him, has been taken down. Lets hope it’s a fresh start for the residents of the area.

Sometimes it is easy to get frustrated with the speed that the Town moves, but the determination of  Councillor Maurice Smith  to keep pushing the ball forward and through the court system is greatly appreciated.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Councillor Maurice Smith, our Fire Dept.and Police, By-law Dept., and Town Staff for a job well done!

02 May




Celebrate Victoria Day with Family Fun, Fireworks, and Food Trucks.

The safest way to enjoy Victoria Day fireworks is not in your backyard, but at the Town’s fireworks display. It is being held at the Ballantrae Community Centre, 5592 Aurora Rd on Sunday May 20th from 8 – 10 pm with a Rain Date of May 21st.

18 Apr

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April Snow Forces Cancellation


Regretfully Earth Day Spring Clean Event Has Been Cancelled

MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean 2013

The MLRA has been running fantastic annual Earth Day events since 2006.  Back in 2013 we held our Earth Day Community Spring Clean even despite a light dusting of snow but for the first time in our history, we have been faced with unprecedented weather that will not allow this event to take place.  Although the weather this weekend will be some of the best weather we have seen this year, the area has not yet recovered from the ice and snow storm from a couple of days ago.  With the ground still covered in a heavy layer of snow and ice, we won’t be able to see the litter to clean up and we are concerned about the safety of everyone involved.

This will be the first time that this event has been cancelled.

The Earth Day event has grown over the years and has become the largest Earth Day clean up in the region. The best part is that you really can see a difference walking around the lake after the day has passed.

This year, as always, we had dedicated sponsors who showed their commitment to the community by supporting this very special event. We would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support. United Soils has been a devoted sponsor over the years with supplying free food and their street sweeper. The street sweeper lifts tons of sand off our roads before it can wash into the lake. Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority was also excited to be back with their children’s education program and their teams on hand to answer questions for the residents. Tim Hortons from Stouffville once again stepped up and was going to be on hand with their coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits to get us going in the morning.

Our Councillor Maurice Smith has been an integral part of the planning of this event and was once again on board with full support from the Town of Stouffville providing the garbage bins, vests, gloves and bags that are so important for this event.  Councillor Smith coordinates the police that are on hand to make sure everyone is safe while we walk the roads.

Last, but not least, Mike Feld from Most Excellent Productions and Cedar Beach Resort were once again going to provide all of their equipment and people free of charge so that this event could take place.

This is truly an amazing community that we live in and we are so very grateful for the continued support we receive from the residents and  local business owners. We will never be able to thank you enough for all your help and support through the years.

We may not be able to host a formal Earth Day event this weekend, but once the snow melts, please get outside and take a moment to help Spring Clean our community.

Thank you,



Official Media Release



Earth Day Clean Ups Cancelled Due To Uncooperating Weather


16 Apr

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Join The Fun…Meet Your Neirghbours


Earth Day “Community Spring Clean” Cedar Beach Pavilion, Saturday April 21, 2018.

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Blast From The Past

04 Aug

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Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up Comes to Musselman’s Lake


Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Hello Everyone, we hope you are having a safe and fun summer so far.

Even though we have our very successful annual Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event every spring, we jumped at this offer from the great people at Desjardins Insurance to include Musselman’s Lake in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. It is much appreciated!

Cedar Beach Resort has once again stepped up and will be managing all the garbage/recycling from this event as they have been doing for us annually on Earth Day. Thank you Kyle Jenkin and the whole Cedar Beach Resort team for their continued commitment to the betterment of our community.


More information below.


“DESJARDINS to help clean up Musselman’s Lake!

On August 22, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm,  employees of Desjardins’ office in Aurora will be walking along the banks of Musselman’s Lake to help take action against shoreline litter.  They will be participating in “The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup”, a conservation initiative by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Canada) and the Vancouver Aquarium, which encourages people across Canada to remove shoreline litter and help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them.

Last year, this program collected 445,915 cigarette butts, 25,045 beverage cans, 31,541 plastic bottles, 16,860 plastic grocery bags, and 35,005 plastic and foam containers.

There will be approximately 20 volunteers from Desjardins visiting our community, and they will be walking by our lake’s sand banks and roadways while cleaning up litter that can have a devastating impact on our wildlife and local ecosystem.  When you see them outside during the afternoon of August 22, please do not hesitate to say hello!

Desjardins, a leading cooperative financial group in Canada, has a stated mission to contribute towards improving the economic and social well-being of local communities”

12 Jul

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Musselman’s Unofficial Official Flower


If you live at Musselman’s Lake you are used to seeing the many Lilies that are abundant in our community.

By Charlene Jones (Originally posted July 2014)

Two kinds of brilliant orange, strikingly tall lilies can be identified around our lake. They both bear the name “Ditch Lily” from their shared preference for growing around ditches.

The first variety, called Common Wildflower Lily, or Day Lily is not really a lily at all. It belongs to the Latin group Hemerocallidaceae and if you can pronounce that, come over and teach me, too!

Musselman's Lake Tiger Lilly

Musselman’s Lake Lily in bloom

These plants are nearly indestructible. If you have an area in need of strong, I mean really strong, roots, such as a hill, or part of your garden where other kinds of foliage fail, try the Common Wildflower Lily.You will notice it growing in large clumps, dotting the roads and by ways with its plain orange blossom. The single blossom, on top of a long, woody stalk with many buds, but only a single blossom, lasts one day and has no scent. These blossoms with their trumpet shape and striking color are known to attract hummingbirds. Dig down in spring or fall where you find these flowers growing wild, wash and transplant, covering their roots with enough soil to keep them dark, then watering fully. They like company and enjoy being planted together, much closer than many other flowers like. But beware. The roots on this plant grow thickly and will not be easily disturbed. For more on this google Ditch Lilies and read laments from many who have tried to release their soil from the clutches of this determined plant!

The other variety is called Oriental Lily. This is the true Tiger Lily although it too is called Day Lily. If you think the names are confusing so far, consider this: Tiger Lilies do not have stripes. They have spots and so are sometimes referred to as Leopard Lilies!

Tiger Lilies bloom orange or reddish orange with dark brown speckles covering the petals. The petals curve backwards and the bloom faces downward. The blooms form in clusters where several bloom at one time resting on the tip of a heavy stalk that is covered with short spiky leaves. This kind laces the garden air with the smell of lily, lily, lily. Their reddish tinge and brown speckles no doubt gave rise to the superstition that if you smell a Tiger Lily, you will receive freckles!

These lilies need more gentle handling in the beginning. The Oriental Variety require you to separate small bulbs called bulbits from the axils of leaves of a thriving plant. Remove the bulb scales from the bulbits and grow them in moist peat, in a cool, dark place until small bulbs form. Start them in a nursery and later transfer them outside. Once the Oriental Variety are established and thriving, theyʼll drop their own bulbs with no help from you.Caution

Tiger Lillies blooming this week in a Musselman's Lake backyard

Lilies blooming this week in a Musselman’s Lake backyard

Although both Oriental and Common WIldflower Lilies are extremely hardy and seldom suffer from insects or disease themselves, both may carry diseases that affect other lilies and flowering plants, so if you are going to transplant from a wild group, you might consider carefully washing their roots before bedding them in your soil.

These plants are also toxic to cats, who may vomit, demonstrate lethargy, even develop kidney failure from eating them. On the other hand, rabbits and deer find the orange flowers a delectable treat! To keep these wild animals from eating away at your prizes, or nibbling on other treats from your garden, try mixing a solution of 20% egg with about 80% water, and spraying this over your lilies. Deer and rabbits hate the smell of eggs!