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Every year in conjunction with Earth Day, MLRA volunteers go around the lake helping our community members clean up their shoreline. If you need help, send us an email and we will come and assess your situation and see if it is something that we can help with.
The MLRA, 8th Annual Earth Day “Community Spring Clean” Event Cedar Beach Park, Musselman’s Lake – Sat. April 25th, 2015 from 9am to noon.
Due to overwhelming community support the MLRA is having it’s 8th Annual MLRA Earth Day Event! Wow…hard to believe that it’s been 8 years for this extremely successful community event. Please come out and enjoy the fun! Bring the whole family.
CLICK on IMAGE to view Earth Day photos from last year’s event
The MLRA would like to thank everyone for their continued support. It is much appreciated.
This is a great time to be living at Musselman’s Lake…talk about exciting times!
After enthusiastic volunteers did an exceptional job on the cleanup, everyone who attended the MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean Event was treated to a great BBQ lunch and to one good announcement after another.
Residents have been given saplings every Earth Day to take home and plant. Some of the trees from the MLRA’s first event are now over 6 feet tall
A clean-up crew heading back in for the BBQ lunch after a job well done
The first announcement came from Cheryl Shindruk, Senior Vice President of Geranium Corporation, the developer for the Copperstone Project on Lakeshore. Geranium as part of their community involvement not only agreed to sponsor a $40,000 study of Musselman’s Lake but provided the services of a leading Ontario limnologist. Cheryl told the residents how pleased Geranium was to participate in this study for the betterment of the community and how excited they were to be building here.
Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. with Cheryl Shindruk, Senior Vice President Geranium Corporation
Along with Cheryl was Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., who together with Dr. Tammy Karst-Riddoch conducted the 1 year study and prepared the report, titled “Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake”. This unique report is filled with complete scientific data and analysis which you would expect but also explains in layman’s terms what happens to the Lake with each season. Plus, the report explains how seasonal changes that we as residents have observed are completely normal for a kettle lake. Dr. Hutchinson made an excellent often humorous presentation on how the lake changes and what they found. (Short version: lake is in very good shape but Chloride numbers should be monitored as they are a little high.) Both Cheryl Shindruk and Rick Wigmore were presented with bound copies of his report by Dr. Hutchinson. (Executive summary and full report will be posted on this web site)
Councillor Phil Bannon, who as everyone knows by now is running for and would make an excellent or should we say “most excellent” mayor stepped up to the podium with more exciting news for our community.
Rick Wigmore, President of the MLRA & Councillor Phil Bannon celebrate the unveiling of the Coultice Park sign
It’s Official…the community park “Coultice Park”, after 8 long years of negotiation is finally going to be a reality. Besides our community, no one can be more jubilant than Councillor Bannon about the announcement. Councillor Bannon had made it his personal quest to ensure the Community of Musselman’s Lake got the park that it so deserved. There will be an official announcement at Town Council May 6th. Phil thanked the Coultice Family for their perseverance in seeing this amazing land deal through to a close. Mayor Emmerson and Town Councillors were also thanked for their part in seeing this dream become a reality. In this case reality exceeded the dream as not only are we getting the 5 acre community park of our dreams but…also an additional 136 acres of prime ecological land to be managed by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority. This park deal is a legacy that can be handed down from generation to generation.
Councillor Bannon continued with the exciting announcements. A new restaurant is coming to our Lake. Opening up soon at Cedar Beach will be the Fishbone Bistro that many are familiar with in Stouffville. This will be a great new addition to our community.
Another announcement was made by Phil Bannon that is going to have a positive impact on our community. The town had reached an agreement with the owners of the Water Tower property to erect barriers and fencing to keep ATV and motocross bike trespassers off the property and return this area back to the peace and quiet that we had there before the invasion of trespassing off road vehicles and the noise associated with them.
All in all it was quite an eventful Earth Day and one to be remembered! Everyone left tired but feeling good about themselves and our community by what we had accomplished.
MLRA Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event Videos and Photos
CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE FOR MLRA EARTH DAY PHOTOS
Can’t remember when we had another Earth Day with so much to be thankful for and so many people and companies to THANK!
A big THANK-YOU goes out to everyone who showed terrific community solidarity by coming out to spring clean, the roads, ditches, and the shoreline in our community on such a wet cold miserable day. There were around 100 residents who did our community proud by actively participated in the massive spring clean-up with around 50 who stayed for the BBQ lunch and announcements.
Kyle Jenkin of Cedar Beach for location and equipment
Geranium Corporation for sponsoring the Lake Study
Mike Feld and Most Excellent Productions for the venue set up including microphone, speakers, tents and musical entertainment
Ian Feld of AquaVantage Marine who took care of picking up the Food and Tim Horton’s, plus providing a truck and trailer for the clean-up,
Stouffville Tim Horton’s for coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits
Alec Cloke and United Soils Management who provided the food and the “most excellent” hot dogs
The Town and Town Staff for the bird houses, the trees, the gloves, the road sign, the bins, etc.
The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association who organizes and promote Earth Day and especially all the residents who eagerly gave of their time on a cold damp day.
Ravenshoe Group who supplies the MLRA website and event photography.
Gibson Printing who supplied the flyers, the new MLRA banner and signs
P.S. Would like to send out a special THANK YOU to Kevin Wigmore and the residents that helped him using their own pontoon boat. This Musselman’s Lake Marine unit laboured on and in the very cold water to pull debris of all types out of Lake. Your extra efforts were very much appreciated.
JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND HEAR FIRST HAND THE RESULT OF THE MOST COMPLETE & IN-DEPTH ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT ON MUSSELMAN’S LAKE. ALSO SURPRISE GUESTS WILL BE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT.
Cedar Beach Park, Musselman’s Lake – Sat. April 26th, 2014 from 9am to noon. Rain or Shine! (please plan to bring your raincoat if necessary)
Yes, it’s that time again. Time to come out and “Spring Clean the Community”. Join the fun…meet your neighbours. Most Excellent Productions will once again be supplying music and entertainment to energize and enlighten you. There will be coffee, donuts and a BBQ lunch provided to those who help “Spring Clean The Community”. Councillor Phil Bannon has also arranged to have some free tree saplings available for volunteers to take home to plant.
Earth Day Special Guest
Cheryl Shindruk, Executive Vice-President of Land Development-Geranium Homes, Shauna Dudding, Vice- President of Land Development-Geranium Homes, Rick Wigmore, President-MLRA, Dr. Neil Hutchinson. President-HESL. Councillor Phil Bannon
This year we are going to have a special guest at our Earth Day Event. Dr. Neil Hutchinson, Ph.D. President, Principal Aquatic Scientist Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. will be presenting to us the much anticipated Geranium Homes’ Sponsored Lake Environmental Report. This report is the most complete and in-depth environmental study of our jewel of a Lake that has ever been undertaken to date.
Dr. Neil Hutchinson is a highly qualified limnologist (a scientist who studies bodies of fresh water such as lakes and ponds with reference to their physical, geographical, biological and other features), who is well respected both locally and internationally. We are estremly lucky to have someone of his caliber not only prepare the Lake Environmental Report but also to present it to us personally at our Earth Day Event.
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT
Cold wind and blowing snow wasn’t enough to keep away this year’s crew of hearty volunteers at our annual “Community Spring Clean.”
By Gord Collins (story and photos)
Guest contributor, Gord
Collins at the MLRA Earth
Day Spring Clean Event
Cold wind and blowing snow wasn’t enough to keep away this year’s crew of hearty volunteers at our annual “Community Spring Clean.” This reporter isn’t from Musselman’s Lake or Ballantrae, but I enjoyed getting into the action and seeing the spirit of the event.
Some of your community members literally put their bodies into it, sliding down hills to get at paper and plastic. It was cold and wet but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm.
The cleanup went well. Over a year, a lot of garbage such as paper, bags, bottles, cans and other items clutter the shoreline and roadside. The presence of such items makes it unsafe for all residents and it detracts from the beauty of Musselman’s Lake. We didn’t get three dumpsters this time, we are down to only one and that shows people are getting the message about not littering.
Another valuable outcome for the event is enabling community members to set a good example for the younger generations. Nothing speaks louder than actions. The kids see community involvement is not only fun, but serves a valuable end goal — a cleaner environment for us all and pride in our community.
This year, United Soils Management and Tim Horton’s sponsored the event with food and drinks. And the Town of Stouffville Leisure Services department chipped in with a free bird house building tent. They also supplied young pine and spruce saplings for volunteers to plant anywhere we liked.
The weirdest things found this year were 20 empty bottles of Polar Ice and a dead muskrat. Oh, and someone found a $20 bill, so there are benefits to volunteering.
Mike Field of Most Excellent Productions kept everyone thoroughly entertained not only with his great music and comedic commentary but also with his extensive skills in barbecuing “Timbits” and hot dogs. Quite a character…he also personalized hotdogs with impromptu decorating techniques.
The bird house building tent was a big hit with the kids. They enjoyed hammering together the precut pieces of a real bird house. Town of Stouffville Leisure Services department’s Maureen and Ashley guided all of them and myself in putting together some surprisingly nice looking birdhouses.
Cedar Beach Trailer and R.V. resort again supplied the MLRA with not only the location for this event but also tractors, hay wagons, heavy equipment and operators required to handle some of the larger/heavier debris found. Kyle Jenkin and the Cedar Beach crew are to be commended.
Phil Bannon the local councillor for Whitchurch/Stouffville attended the event too and thanked everyone for their contribution. Phil is instrumental in bringing people together and building support for events such as this one. Rick Wigmore updated everyone on the progress being made on the United Soils Management, Lee Sand & Gravel pit fill and restoration project. He then thanked everyone for coming out despite the chilly weather and also thanked all the corporate sponsors that make the event possible.
We’re looking forward to next year’s Earth Day Community Spring Clean. Come on out and enjoy the fun!