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04 Aug

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Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up Comes to Musselman’s Lake

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Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Hello Everyone, we hope you are having a safe and fun summer so far.

Even though we have our very successful annual Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event every spring, we jumped at this offer from the great people at Desjardins Insurance to include Musselman’s Lake in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. It is much appreciated!

Cedar Beach Resort has once again stepped up and will be managing all the garbage/recycling from this event as they have been doing for us annually on Earth Day. Thank you Kyle Jenkin and the whole Cedar Beach Resort team for their continued commitment to the betterment of our community.

 

More information below.

 

“DESJARDINS to help clean up Musselman’s Lake!

On August 22, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm,  employees of Desjardins’ office in Aurora will be walking along the banks of Musselman’s Lake to help take action against shoreline litter.  They will be participating in “The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup”, a conservation initiative by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Canada) and the Vancouver Aquarium, which encourages people across Canada to remove shoreline litter and help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them.

Last year, this program collected 445,915 cigarette butts, 25,045 beverage cans, 31,541 plastic bottles, 16,860 plastic grocery bags, and 35,005 plastic and foam containers.

There will be approximately 20 volunteers from Desjardins visiting our community, and they will be walking by our lake’s sand banks and roadways while cleaning up litter that can have a devastating impact on our wildlife and local ecosystem.  When you see them outside during the afternoon of August 22, please do not hesitate to say hello!

Desjardins, a leading cooperative financial group in Canada, has a stated mission to contribute towards improving the economic and social well-being of local communities”

12 Jul

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Musselman’s Unofficial Official Flower

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If you live at Musselman’s Lake you are used to seeing the many Lilies that are abundant in our community.

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!

Musselman's Lake Tiger Lilly

Musselman’s Lake Lily in bloom

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

Tiger Lillies blooming this week in a Musselman's Lake backyard

Lilies blooming this week in a Musselman’s Lake backyard

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!

 

23 Jun

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CANADA DAY & Strawberry Festival

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CANADA DAY Free Bus Shuttle from Lake to Strawberry Festival

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL INFORMATION

The Strawberry Festival this year is even more special than ever with it also including CANADA 150 Celebrations on CANADA DAY!

This year for a variety of reasons the Festival has been moved from Main St. to Memorial Park.  This has created a concern over a lack of available parking for the number of people who attend this wonderful event.  The Town of Stouffville has set up a bus route to get people moved around the Town.  Our Councillor, Maurice Smith has successfully lobbied on our behalf to have a shuttle bus included in this route, from the Musselman’s Lake area into Town!

This is fantastic news for all of us who live around the lake!  The schedule is below, as you will see there is a bus running for us from 9am until the last drop off, after the fireworks at 11:45pm.

Canada Day Map & Bus Shuttle

Musslemans Lake_Ballantrae Canada Day_Strawberry Free Bus Shuttle

Thanks Maurice for all of your continued hard work and making sure we get included in the Town events!

Have a safe and wonderful Canada Day Weekend everyone!  Happy 150 CANADA!

 Related links

Special Free Strawberry Festival Bus on July 1
Strawberry Festival
Canada Day Map & Bus Shuttle
Town of Stouffville CANADA 150 events
CANADA 150

23 Jun

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A Legacy Community Park

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A Long Time Coming: Coultice Park a Reality

By Charlene Jones

Coultice Park Musselman’s Lake. Stouffville Review website photo

The past met the present and predicted the future on Saturday June 17th at the former Wagon Wheel Ranch on Ninth Line. Many faces reflecting our community gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, the grand opening of Coultice Park. These faces showed the history of our area, and as one person said “This park has been in the works at least 15 years.”

Coultice Family at the Coultice Park Opening June 17, 2017. Maurice Smith website photo.

Councillor Maurice Smith spoke to the same theme, beginning and ending his short talk with the words “It has been a long time coming.”

Natalie Coultice-Matthews description of her father’s past, his beginnings as a chicken farmer, his short stint as chinchilla farmer and his destiny as horse ranch owner created waves of sympathy from the crowd.  It was Jim Coultice’s vision to leave a legacy for the future.

Looking around at children exploring the gym equipment, teenagers sauntering in small packs through the crowd, the parents, grandparents and elders of our community for whom this park has been a dream it is clear: Jim Coultice’s vision has left us all richer by far.

It’s a gift that will keep giving for a long time coming.

15 Jun

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A Dream Come True…

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Grand Opening of Coultice Park at Musselman’s Lake!

Come and join in the celebrations of our long awaited and much anticipated new park!  Family fun and festivities start at 10am on Saturday, June 17th.

Our exciting new park is located at 14769 Ninth Line.

Parking available courtesy of  Cedar Beach Resort in their parking lot. A courtesy shuttle will be running from George’s Variety store to the park for those who would rather not walk.

Festivities will include:
Balloon animals for the kids
Face painting
There will be a demonstration of the various fitness stations within the park.
Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSCRA) and members of the Coultice family will also be in attendance.

Rain or Shine the fun will go on.

As you can tell by the number of related links…this has been a long time coming.

Related Links

$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park
Coultice Park Design Update
Coultice Park Meeting
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.
Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park
On Tuesday February 26th Mayor and Council voted to extend the park agreement closing date to July 18th 2013.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Phil Bannon Updates Residents On Community Park
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With The Most Recent Update On The Park Plan.
 Community Park Update
 “Acquisition of Parkland and Open Space-Community of Musselman’s Lake” “Approved”
 REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
 WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
 FANTASTIC NEWS!
 Another Step Closer
 Historic Meeting Trivialized by Stouffville Sun-Tribune
 Fantastic News!!!
Informational Meeting
 Town Meeting
 

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)

 

 

Peaceful Sunrise2_Ian Feld

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

Click on image for Photo Album

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.

MLRA Earth Day 2017 flyer1

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!

Related links

Canadian Red Cross – Hypothermia and Cold Water