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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,



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Earth Day Clean Ups Cancelled Due To Uncooperating Weather


19 May

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Thank You Sponsors and Volunteers! Spring Clean Event was a BIG Success


Community stepped up on April 23, 2016. Six crews and a marine unit participated in our Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event


Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

The community cleanup was a huge success this year.

We want to thank Councillor Maurice Smith for helping to organize this year’s event and chairing the organizing committee.

Over 100 volunteers of all ages participated.

There were 6 different crews covering all around the lake and we also had the marine unit, on the water, with Kevin and Tyler doing the lake shore line.

Everyone started the day with coffee, hot chocolate & Tim bits donated by Tim Hortons.

All the kids wore protective bright fluorescent vests provided by the town of Whitchurch – Stouffville, who also made sure we all had gloves, garbage bags and the huge 40 yard garbage bin.

The York Regional Police escorted the 3 crew wagons with their new ATV’s.

Cedar Beach Resort provided their big parking lot again this year, as our base, as well as the bathrooms, picnic tables, tractors and wagons, garbage bins and a 20 yard recycling bin.


Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

Everyone collected garbage around the area for over two hours.

It is unbelievable but they filled the entire 40 yard bin and also the 20 yard recycling bin.

Ten tires were also collected and fifteen bikes were donated to Africycle.

At the same time the United Soils street sweeper covered many of our local streets picking up the sand from this winter.

Everyone had a healthy hot lunch courtesy of United Soils & Tiny Seedlings – corn on the cob and chili served out of their events trailer.

Donnlyn Home Improvements joined this year and handed out water and treats for the kids along the routes and at lunch. 

Charlinda’s Belgian Chocolates gave away chocolate treats with lunch and of course George at the variety store gave all the kids a free ice cream cone for participating.

York Regional Police set up a display and everyone got to check out the ATV’s and discuss road safety.


Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority set up a large display.

Christa Sharp and Brian Kemp of the LSRCA had an education area set up and discussed the living organisms with water right out of the lake. It was interactive for all the participants.

Small seedling trees – pines, cedars and spruce, were also given out to the participants to take home and plant.

Roger Carlsen, a new resident to the lake, and also a professional photographer, documented the entire event. (see attached photos)

Tents, music, power, & tables were provided again this year by Most Excellent Productions.

Earth Day 2016 is one that our entire community can be proud of.

Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers for making our lake a better place to live.



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MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013


11 Mar

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MLRA Annual Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event


12 Feb

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Snowflakes and Starlight is on February 20th!


A Magical Evening Of Skating Under The Moonlight With Music And Food.

Snowflakes and Starlight is only a week away!  Make sure that you have this marked in your calendar, it is all taking place at the Ballantrae Community Center on Aurora road. There is a lot going on so take a look at the schedule, you won’t want to miss any of the action.  The whole night ends with an amazing firework display!  Parking is limited so please plan ahead and carpool with your neighbours.

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15 Jan

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Snowflakes & Starlight Winter Carnival


This year’s Winter Carnival has been moved to the Ballantrae Community Centre at 5592 Aurora Road. It will be held on Saturday February 20, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm.


The MLRA is pleased to announce the return of the Winter Carnival after a year’s hiatus. Due to winter’s late start this year and concerns about ice safety, it has been decided that it would be best to move the event to the Ballantrae Community Centre.

Bring your skates!

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Snowflakes and Starlight Winter Carnival. The perfect winter celebration for the entire family

11 Sep

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Ballantrae Fall Fair


Pancake Brunch, Pie Contests, Farmer’s Market, Music and More!

Join us for a Pancake Brunch, Baking Contests, Farmer’s Market, Music, art activities from The Latcham Gallery, and heritage races from the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre! Also enjoy inflatables, interactive carnival style games, Sport activities with Coach Steve and horseshoe pitch from Tiny Seedlings!  www.townofws.ca

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Ballantrae Fall Fair


01 May

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Community Pulls Together On Earth Day


MLRA Earth Day Community Clean Event Was A Great Success


Earthday_inheritWe 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 25th was a great day here at the Lake 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!

This event was made possible with the help of:Photo6

Tiny Seedlings for providing the fantastic catered meal that we all enjoyed.

United Soils for providing the garbage bins and garbage bags and staff to help clean up.  United soils also graciously donated their Photo3sweeper to remove as much sand and debris left over from winter and keep it from washing into our precious lake.

George at the Coolest Little Ice Cream shop for all of his help.

Mike and Most Excellent Productions for doing all of the sound and keeping us entertained.

Cedar Beach Resort for providing a great location to host our event and all of the equipment and staff.

We would also like to thank Ravenshoe group for all of their online support and their help in keeping our community up to date and informed!Photo2

This year we collected a staggering amount of garbage out of the lake by our water teams and off the roads and ditches that surround our community.  In total we removed 2 full bins totalling over 40 yards of garbage!

We also collected 10 great bikes that were donated that same day to Africycle and will be on their way to Africa making a huge difference to the children those bikes reach.

We collected 47lbs of used batteries that were taken to a recycling center and that we kept out of our landfill.  The sweeper made great progress and removed tons, literally tons of material from our roads that will never wash into our lake.

Well done everyone! We have a lot to be proud of.  Without the great support of all of you this event never would have happened, pat yourselves on the back!

Stay tuned to the website for important updates as we keep you informed on what is happening in our community.


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MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013


22 Apr

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Happy Earth Day


International Earth Day is today. Our Community Spring Clean is now only a few days away and we have some exciting news!


We have been working with Tiny Seedlings and they have graciously offered to donate a fantastic lunch for everyone who helps out.  This year it won’t be the usual, hot dogs.   This year we get to warm up with homemade chili and corn on the cob!  Thank you Tiny Seedlings!

United Soils has not only offered to supply the garbage bags and gloves that we needed but will also be supplying 2 garbage bins for all the waste we are going to collect.

One of our concerns for the Lake is water runoff and the sediment that it carries into the Lake.  After a long winter there is a lot of sediment along the sides of the roads that needs to be picked up.  When we presented this concern to United Soils they once again stepped up to help our community and offered to use their street sweeper to clean the areas of concern!  The sooner we can get the gravel and sand off the road, the more of it we can keep out of our Lake!

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8th Annual MLRA Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event

We will be collecting used bikes for Africycle, if you have a used bike laying around please drop it off knowing that it is going for a great cause.  There is more information about where these bikes go after you donate them at www.africycle.org.

Are you collecting used batteries but don’t know what to do with them…..bring them by and lets keep them out of the landfill, let us dispose of them for you!

If you have a boat that you can’t get out of the water or a dock that is garbage don’t leave it in the lake, email us and we will come by and help you remove it.

Cedar Beach Park will be providing large recycle bins for everything from metal to plastic, lets keep as much out of landfill as possible.

Can’t wait to see everyone Saturday morning, come early for coffee and we get to end with a great lunch and entertainment by Most Excellent Productions!

Should be a fantastic Day!!

Don’t forget, today, that is actually Earth Day please take time to think of our community and our environment and what YOU can do to make a difference.

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MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013