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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.

Reflective Clothing

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!

Click on image to view the photo album

Click on image to view the photo album

 

26 Aug

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Back To School Safety

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CAA’s Safety Tips for Back-To-School

 

Start the school year off right with these safety tips from CAA

CAA – Canadian Automobile Association

A boy wearing glasses sits in front of a chalkboard with the words Back to school written on itThe smell of freshly sharpened pencils and just opened packages of loose leaf paper will soon be filling the air as students gear up to go back to school. While new supplies and old friends may be the focus for your child, it’s important to make sure they start the year off safely by reviewing these important tips before the first day of classes rolls around.

Route Reminders

Children walking or biking to school need to be familiar with the route they will be taking. Choose a direct route away from busy streets, and make sure you practice the route with them a few times before school starts to make sure they’re comfortable. Make sure they have a travel buddy – a friend, sibling or neighbour – so they aren’t making the journey alone.

Mind Your Step

Remind children to pay attention to their surroundings when walking or biking. That means no texting while walking or bilking, and leaving headphones in their backpacks so they can hear what’s going on around them. Review traffic safety and remind your child to wait at crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street!

Stranger Danger

Make sure your child knows not to talk to strangers and never to get in a vehicle with someone they don’t know, no matter what they say. Tell them not to venture away from school grounds and to tell a teacher or another adult they know right away if an adult they don’t know tries to talk them into leaving with them.

School Bus Safety

Discuss school bus safety with your child and remind them how important it is to stay seated for the entire trip. Make sure they know to never walk in front of the bus unless the driver has indicated it is safe to do so.

Backpack Basics

Check your child’s backpack to make sure it fits them properly and isn’t too heavy. Backpacks can cause back issues and falls if they aren’t adjusted properly or are too heavy.

Tell an Adult

Discuss bullying with your child and work with them to develop effective coping strategies, Make sure they know not to give in to a bully’s demands or retaliate, but to say stop, walk away and tell an adult.

CAA – Canadian Automobile Association

 

05 Aug

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Cedar Beach Resort opens activity program up to the community

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Yoga, Line Dancing and Pilates are just a few of the activities being offered to the community.

Community Activities logo1 (320x222)  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: lisa@yogayama.ca

Community Activities_August timetable

 

04 Aug

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Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update re Amendment

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Amendment to Site Alteration & Fill Management Plan Amendment for Small Quantities/Hydro-excavation Fill

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Further the Town Public Meeting on  June 23, 2016 and/or the June 30, 2016 Open House hosted by United Soils Management at the site at 14245 Ninth Line

Q and A re Amendment to Site Alteration & Fill Management Plan 22jul16

 

Related Links

Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update

Annual Open House at United Soils

TOWN COUNCIL’S DECISION BENEFITS OUR COMMUNITY

GRAVEL PIT RESTORATION PERMIT

A Very Informative Meeting

Gold Standard For All Ontario

A Game Changer Interview

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (part two of three parts)

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (final part of three part interview with the MLRA)