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18 May

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THINK Water Safety

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Be Safe And Always Think Water Safety whether in a lake or a swimming pool.

The MLRA wishes everyone a Happy and SAFE Summer!

 

MLRA Lake Watch Water Safety

Always think water safety and wear a life jacket when on or near water.

 

As part of the MLRA Lake Watch initiative, the MLRA added a “Water Safety Tips” section on the home page. Also as part of that same initiative we are going to continue to post articles and information about water safety on the MLRA website to help educate residents and visitors to the Lake about water safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never Without My Life Jacket

– Canadian Red Cross

 

Please make sure that you read the posting below thoroughly and pass the information along. Also please make sure that any visitors that you may have to the Lake are aware of WATER SAFETY. You may save a life!

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Related Links

Lake Watch Life Rings

 

12 May

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She’s Very Photogenic

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She’s a Beauty, Isn’t She? Our Lake is so photogenic.

Beautiful Sunset_ Christine Ulbl

Beautiful Sunset courtesy of Christine Ulbl

(this photo was taken this week)

 

 

Scenic Sunset_ Dylan Gallagher

 Scenic Sunset courtesy of Dylan Gallagher

(this photo was published in the Stouffville Freepress last year)

 

 

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Peaceful Sunrise courtesy of Ian Feld

Ian took this photo on International Peace Day a couple of years ago.

More of his photos taken that day can be found here

Peaceful Sunrise On International Peace Day

28 Apr

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Community Springs Into Action On Earth Day

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MLRA Earth Day Community Clean Event Was A  Success.

Never Too Young

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The MLRA would like to extend a our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone from our community who came out to help support our annual Musselman’s Lake Earth Day Community Clean-up.

Saturday April 22nd was a great day here at the Lake despite the cold weather and through your efforts and generosity we all made a positive, noticeable difference to our community and the environment.

Thank you all for your contributions and for dedicating your time and hard work to help make our Community Clean-up a success and a day to remember.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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This event was made possible with the help of:

Most Excellent Productions

Cedar Beach Resort

Tiny Seedlings for it wonderful food

United Soils, for “Dusty” the sweeper

Tim Hortons

The Town of Stouffville and Maurice Smith for all of their help

George at the Coolest Little Ice Cream shop for free Ice Cream

 

Pic From The Past

MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean 2013

MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean 2013

 

17 Apr

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JOIN THE FUN…meet your neighbours

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MLRA Earth Day “Community Spring Clean” Event.
Cedar Beach Pavilion on Saturday April 22,  2017 from 9am to noon.

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Earth Day Blast From The Past…

Related Links

Don’t Miss The Earth Day Fun!

Community Pulls Together On Earth Day

JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS

WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

14 Apr

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ICE IS GONE BUT THE WATER IS STILL ICE COLD

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Information from the Canadian Red Cross

Hypothermia and Cold Water

In cold weather you should wear multiple layers of dry clothing, a wind or waterproof outer layer and a PFD or lifejacket.

coldwaterkillsCold water protection gear can also be worn. Some examples are:

  • Wet suit
  • Dry suit
  • Immersion suit
  • Survival suit
  • Exposure coveralls

What happens?

  • Your skin and blood temperature in your arms and legs drop quickly
  • You start shivering
  • You may have trouble breathing and be unable to use your hands
  • The temperature of your heart, brain, and other organs drops gradually
  • You may become unconscious, and if you are in the water, you may drown
  • If your body temperature drops further, you can die of heart failure

What are the signs?

  • Continual shivering
  • Poor coordination of movements
  • Slowing down and falling behind
  • Numb hands and feet leading to stumbling and clumsiness
  • Dazed, confused, careless or forgetful behavior
  • Slowed or slurred speech; slow response to questions
  • Dilated pupils
  • Decreased attention span

Increasing your odds

  • Try to get your body out of the water. Climb onto the boat. Haul yourself onto a log or dock. Grab onto a floating object. Cold water depletes body heat faster than air.
  • If you are alone and if you are wearing a Canadian-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD), slow down body heat loss through the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP). The HELP position can increase your survival time by 50%.
  • Cross your arms tightly against your chest and draw your knees up. Remain calm and still. Do not try to swim. Unnecessary movement will use energy that your body requires to survive. Practice the HELP position with a friend in warm water!
  • If you are with other people wearing PFDs, everyone should ‘HUDDLE’. You may increase your group’s survival time by 50%.
  • HUDDLE with everyone’s chests and sides close together. Intertwine legs and extend your arms around the people next to you.

How do I prepare?

  • Wear a Canadian-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
  • Some PFDs provide insulation against cold water.
  • Wear a whistle on your PFD or clothing. A whistle can be used to signal for help.
  • In cool weather, wear rain gear over and/or wool clothes under your PFD. Wool insulates even when wet. Wear layers of clothing and a hat. As much as 60% of body heat loss occurs from the head.
  • Carry matches in a waterproof container. A fire can help you warm up after exposure to cold or can help you signal for assistance.
  • Bring high-energy food (e.g. chocolate bar) containing sugar.
  • Check with your local weather office before you head out. Be alert to changes in the weather that could influence your safety.
  • Be prepared. Don’t go out alone. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • It is always a good idea to leave a trip plan before going out on the water. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. A trip plan can be left with your local Coast Guard, a marina, friend or relative. Do not deviate from your filed trip plan.
  • Know your craft and how to handle it in both calm and rough conditions. Do not overload.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol. It doesn’t warm you up and will interfere with your ability to make critical judgments.

Never Without My Lifejacket!

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Canadian Red Cross – Hypothermia and Cold Water

23 Feb

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Don’t Take A Chance With Your Life

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Know The DANGERS Of Ice

Ice Thickness

Ice Safety – Know The Dangers of Ice

Ice Factors

Many factors affect ice thickness including: type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as:

  • Water depth and size of body of water.
  • Currents, tides and other moving water.
  • Chemicals including salt.
  • Fluctuations in water levels.
  • Logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun.
  • Changing air temperature.
  • Shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice.

Ice Colour

The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength.

  • Clear blue ice is strongest.
  • White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice.
  • Grey ice is unsafe. The grayness indicates the presence of water.

Check with local authorities before heading out. Avoid going out on ice at night.

When You Are Alone On Ice

If you get into trouble on ice and you’re by yourself:

  • Call for help.
  • Resist the immediate urge to climb back out where you fell in. The ice is weak in this area.
  • Use the air trapped in your clothing to get into a floating position on your stomach.
  • Reach forward onto the broken ice without pushing down. Kick your legs to push your torso on the ice.
  • When you are back on the ice, crawl on your stomach or roll away from the open area with your arms and legs spread out as far as possible to evenly distribute your body weight. Do not stand up! Look for shore and make sure you are going in the right direction.

When You Are With Others On Ice

  • Rescuing another person from ice can be dangerous. The safest way to perform a rescue is from shore.
  • Call for help. Consider whether you can quickly get help from trained professionals (police, fire fighters or ambulance) or bystanders.
  • Check if you can reach the person using a long pole or branch from shore – if so, lie down and extend the pole to the person.
  • If you go onto ice, wear a PFD and carry a long pole or branch to test the ice in front of you. Bring something to reach or throw to the person (e.g. pole, weighted rope, line or tree branch).
  • When near the break, lie down to distribute your weight and slowly crawl toward the hole.
  • Remaining low, extend or throw your emergency rescue device (pole, rope, line or branch) to the person.
  • Have the person kick while you pull them out.
  • Move the person to a safe position on shore or where you are sure the ice is thick. Signal for help.

Canadian Red Cross

19 Jan

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MLRA Has Been Honoured For Its Work

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Mayor Altmann and the Mayor’s Community Fund committee are to be commended for honouring the essential work, groups and organizations do in the community.

Kyle receiving award from Mayor Altman

Kyle Jenkin on behalf of the MLRA is receiving award from Mayor Altmann

On Wednesday December the 14th, the MLRA was one of 36 recipients of a monetary award from the Mayor’s Community Fund. This fund is used to recognize groups and organizations that are involved in the betterment of our community. Kyle Jenkin and Lisa Gallager-White attended the celebration at the Royal Canadian Legion and accepted the cheque on behalf of the MLRA.

The MLRA will be using these funds for environmental projects. Along with other monies that we continue to raise through various fundraising campaigns the funds will enable us to monitor and maintain the health of our amazing Lake and community.

LSRCA Watershed Heroes award given to the MLRA

LSRCA Watershed Heroes award given to the MLRA

Thanks to the MLRA membership, and the community, this is not the first time the MLRA has been recognized for its work. The LSRCA in 2011 honoured the MLRA by awarding it one of the ecologically prestigious Water Shed Heroes Awards.

Is there is a project that you feel we should be looking at?

Have an idea for a project?

Please feel free to email us with your idea to mlra@musselmanslake.ca

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support

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MLRA Is Being Honoured

Watershed Heroes

Stewardship Plan Captures Two!

GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE

11 Dec

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Share, Care and Be Aware.

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With Longer Nights Upon Us Please Take Extra Care To “See And Been Seen”.

The Lake Road is even more dangerous during our long dark winter nights. We have decided to re-post this article again as a reminder that…”The Lake Road Is Dangerous”.  Please share, care and be aware.

The Lake Road is Dangerous

BUT… We Are Our Own Worst Enemies

CopsThe road around the Lake was built as a cottage road. It was never intended to hold the volume of cars, pedestrians, runners and cyclists that now use it. Even though, through the years road safety has been improved dramatically around the lake (reduced speed limits, improved guardrails and intersection re-engineering), there is still one major problem that has always been with us and still is the greatest threat to everyone’s safety. That problem is speeding. Councillor Bannon reacting to residents’ complaints about speed arranged for the York Region Police to set up speed traps. Over 80% are local residents!

Based on this data…we are our own worst enemies.

The immediate solution, to making this road less dangerous lies with the residents, both drivers and pedestrians. The immediate solution lies with all of us putting our neighbour’s safety first rather than the fact we might be late for work or an appointment. Even though through the years the road has become safer, it is never going to be totally safe unless we all slow down. The solution lies within each of the residents as drivers respecting the safety of the pedestrians and also pedestrians respecting the drivers. Both pedestrians and drivers must play a major role in this common sense safety equation.

Common sense tells us that…

  • It is not safe to speed especially on narrow, multi-use, community roads.
  • It is not safe when pedestrians and cyclists do not dress to be seen and blend in with the scenery.
  • It is not safe for pedestrians to use this road in inclement weather.
  • It is not safe to have inadequate street lighting (certain residents have threatened to shoot out proper new lighting).

Please treat our lake road as a cottage road. It is neither a pedestrian board walk nor a typical road but serves our community as both. We have a very unique community with a very unique road, which with some effort can be shared safely by all.

Drivers need to slow down and also realize that the speed of 40kph is the suggested and posted MAXIMUM speed. That doesn’t mean you have to travel at 40kph when meeting other cars and/or pedestrians on the road. Please recognize this is not a safe speed for sharing this narrow road with other traffic and SLOW DOWN.

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Pedestrians please help out the drivers for not only your safety but also theirs. Do not walk 3 and 4 abreast and around corners please be extra cautious and walk single file. Dress to be seen. Wear bright and reflective clothing in order to be readily seen by the drivers. It’s a safety statement rather than a fashion statement. At night, you should be wearing reflective clothing and carry a small flashlight. Help the drivers to see you and they will in most cases instinctively slow down and give you room going by.

Please avoid walking the dog or especially the kids on this road when it’s raining or snowing. It’s a very difficult road to share with vehicles on the best of days but, in bad weather you have the added risk of not only the vehicles have less traction/visibility but, also you are more likely to slip which could be fatal if a car happens by at the same time.

If our community as a whole takes safety seriously, both pedestrians and motorists will immediately find that this cottage road in our community becomes less dangerous. Everyone has to recognize that it will never be totally safe and that safety starts at home. Please respect the dangers of our local roads and be safety conscious for your own safety and for the safety of our whole community who walk, hike, bike and drive the roads on a daily basis.

Maybe we can all learn to share this unique road so we can enjoy it without our safety being threatened.

Share, Care and be Aware!

03 Nov

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Most Excellent Halloween

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Thanks for a Fun and Spooky Halloween Dance!

Special thanks to our host The Legion (great space) and Most Excellent Productions for a great show!

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