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Lisa who is the new recreation director at Cedar Beach is happy to be offering the community of Musselman’s Lake a selection of classes that are being held at the Cedar Beach Resort Pavilion. Classes will be held throughout the summer up until the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Recreation Centre (Pavilion/ Dance Hall) has a newly renovate space that occupies half of the hall for exercise classes.
A ’10-Class Family Pass’ that you can share with other family members as well as choose any classes is only $75.oo
A great initiative has been started to engage local teenagers that wish to earn their ‘ Community Credits’ for High School. A ‘Creativity4 Credits’ allows local youth to help our local community every Thursday at 3pm. (see schedule)
If you wish to register, please arrive 10 mins before the class you wish to attend.
Contact Lisa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Comments Off on Musselman’s Lake’s Official Unofficial Flower
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!
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
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!
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From the Reader’s Write section of the Stouffville Free Press
In the last couple of weeks Musselman’s Lake has experienced a fish die-off similar, but less severe in numbers, to what occurred in the spring of 2009.
There are a number of similarities between this fish die-off and that of 2009. As in 2009 the dying fish are almost exclusively black crappie, as well, both incidences occurred in the early spring when the Crappie are breeding.
Sunfish, a close relative, are seen mating and nesting as I write this. A water quality issue would affect more than one species of fish.
All of this leads us to believe that the crappie die-off that we have just experienced is caused by the same thing that caused it in 2009, namely, the unusually warm weather followed by a drop in temperature timed just when the crappie are breeding. This theory is further supported by the fact that almost all of the fish are of breeding size, the young fry are not affected.
If the Crappie were not spawning they would have stayed in the deeper cooler water and not been subjected to the water temperature fluctuations. As it is, the breeding fish stay in the shallow water and are stressed becoming prone to a bacterial infection by Columnaris flexibacter.
Columnaris is always present in fish, but typically becomes an issue only in stressed fish.
Postmortems in 2009 confirmed this as the cause at that time. Due to the similarities of the two die-offs, we have not performed postmortems this year, but are confident that the cause of the two incidents is the same.
There is potential ‘silver lining’ to this crappie die-off. Crappie are an aggressive species recently introduced to the lake (likely through release of baitfish). I have seen their young surround a sunfish nest and slowly eat all the eggs. As the male sunfish chases off one juvenile crappie another moves in and eats some eggs. The sunfish returns to the nest and chases off the new interloper while a third rushes in to eat some more eggs. In very little time the sunfish nest is empty.
Because of survival instincts like this, the crappie population has dramatically increased since they were introduced to the lake and is putting pressure on other species.
These periodic die-offs may be nature’s way of leveling the playing field.
Dr Brian Laing
Town and Country Animal Hospital
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As you may or may not know, United Soils Management’s Ninth Line landfill site is also a restoration project. USM was issued a fill permit as part of the Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project. The plan involves using quality fill to fill in the old pit and to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to as it was in the 1950’s – farmland with a woodlot.
The MLRA has been working closely with United Soils since the start of the restoration project and Alec Cloke has always been very open with us on an ongoing basis. United Soils has just applied for an amendment to their land fill permit to allow a small number of hydrovac trucks to empty at the site. The MLRA sat down with Alec Cloke to find out more information about this proposal.
Here are his answers to our questions.
The hydrovac industry is 15 years old and growing in leaps and bounds. To date, there are two legal places to unload hydrovacs in the GTA as a result hydrovacs are being emptied everywhere and there are no measures or any policing for testing. United Soils is organizing to cure that.
United’s application is for an amendment to a previously granted license. There will be no additional trucks on Ninth Line. Hydrovacs will be included in the approved number of trucks coming to that location.
There will be one hydrovac company allowed to come to United. The hydrovac company owned by Powell contracting operating within Stouffville will be responsible for policing over the protocol of all materials coming to the site. That is to say, that more than one hydrovac company may be coming to the site, but Powell contracting will be responsible for all of it.
The testing criteria for hydrovac trucks is equal to the protocol which already exists. The difference is that the material will be tested in a separate quadrant of our property. If the testing fails, the material will be removed.
If contaminated material comes to the site, it will not go further from where it was originally delivered and immediately removed at the shippers expense.
There’s a protocol agreement that administered by United soils and monitored by the town.
The first truck allowed on the site cannot be earlier than 7am and the last truck allowed on the premises cannot be after 6pm.
It’s easy for United Soils to adhere to that.
One must not forget that there’s a gravel pit working at the same location where there are no restrictions for early morning entry.
That operation closes at 4pm.
There are no additional risks. The testing criteria is the same.
Something that the public should understand is that the hydrovac and small quantity portion of the business is minor compared to what already exists. United is not going to put its current operation in jeopardy for the sake of hydrovacs.
It’s conducted by Golder and Associates. All reports are sent directly to the Town, so as in any other report which is public can be received by requesting the Town for it.
The Town has access to all information.
The maximum number of trucks which is approved to date is 600 but United is doing nowhere near that.
It is not coming from USM if it is before 7am on weekdays.
It’s important to note that the water on United’s property is NOT ground water, but captured storm water.
500,000 gallons per month are what is used for dust control on the site.
United has put up $333,000.00 cash securities to date.
This will grow over the next 3 years to one million dollars cash securities.
The way that the agreement is structured with the town is that it gets revisited annually in case there are deletions or additions in the agreement.
The MLRA would like to thank Alec Cloke for keeping our community updated on the project.
Comments Off on Natural Occurrence and No Cause For Alarm
Recently residents are again seeing a fish die off. This is something that we have seen before and again are looking into with the same vigour as before. The last die off was in 2009 and that information, including the results of fish autopsies can be found in the Related Links section below if anyone is interested. We would encourage all waterfront residents to please scoop as many dead fish as possible out of the water and dispose of them either through burying or the green bin.
This year we have seen very little algae so far but a much greater bounty of weeds coming to the surface. We have found that on years where the ice comes off early and the weeds can get established that we do not get an early algae bloom, in years like last year where there is a late melt followed by weeks of warm weather the algae can get a good hold. This is all natural and exactly what the experts tell us to expect. This has nothing to do with lake pollution and everything to do with the natural life cycle of a living body of water.
In 2014 we were very fortunate to have Geranium homes contract Hutchinson Environmental Sciences conduct the most extensive study of Musselman’s Lake ever. Please click on the report image to view this very extensive and enlightening report.
We will keep everyone posted with results of the investigation into this years die off.
Dr. Brian Laing, has been looking into this years fish die off, which consist 99% crappie and mostly breeding size.
They were breeding last week before the sunfish started mating season started. The recent unusual warm weather while they are breeding stresses them and makes them susceptible to bacterial infections.
This is a completely natural occurrence and no cause for alarm.
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Comments Off on Thank You Sponsors and Volunteers! Spring Clean Event was a BIG Success
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.
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.
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.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017!