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18 Apr

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April Snow Forces Cancellation

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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,

MLRA

 

Official Media Release

 

Link

Earth Day Clean Ups Cancelled Due To Uncooperating Weather

 

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.

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

19 May

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017!

 

Related Links
Earth Day 2016 Spring Clean Event
Don’ 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

 

22 Apr

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Don’t Miss The Earth Day Fun!

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Join The Fun…meet your neighbours.

Earth Day 2016s

Earth Day Special Guests

Councillor Maurice Smith will be making important announcements about Coultice Park along with Brian Kemp from LSRCA.

LSRCA will be there with information regarding their LEAP program for fixing septic systems, that ARE being inspected this year by the Town of Stouffville.

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the LEAP Program website

Christa Sharp will also be doing: Aquatic Discoveries with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.  Come out and discover a whole new world of living things!  Learn more about bugs, nymphs, and many more creatures that live in the water and their importance in our environment.

Lunch (Chili & Corn) courtesy of United Soils for all those who help us Spring Clean The Community.

Related Links

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

17 Jul

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Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer

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Thank you to all the residents that took time to attend the Coultice Park meeting Wednesday night.

Thank you to all the residents that took the time to attend the Coultice Park meeting Wednesday night. There was a great turnout with residents from all areas of the Lake in attendance.

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication

Here is a meeting brief

The town will be uploading the 3 designs, photos + info on their website within a couple of days and we will be posting them on the MLRA website.

Coultice Park  – 5 1/4 acres
Architectural Company – Landscape Planning Ltd
Rob Raycroft – Director Leisure Services
Maurice Smith – Ward 2 Councillor

  • 3 conceptual designs submitted – include playground equipment, splash pad and fitness trails
  • Local residents have opportunity to vote, provide input and questions regarding designs, concerns, and make suggestions.
  • Comment form was provided to submit back to town staff, as well as Rob’s email contact to submit afterwards
  • Park Budget = $1.3MM (splash pad costs @ $225,000 – estimated)

Project Schedule

  •  Resident Input Meeting = Wed July 15, 2015
  • Deadline for Resident Input/Feedback = Wed July 29, 2015
  • Award Request for Proposal + Preliminary cost estimate to Town Council for 2016 Budget – end September 2015
  • Town Council to approve full project budget = early 2016 (January TBD)
  • Park Construction Contractor selection = April 2016
  • Construction Begins = May 2016 (weather pending + site conditions)
  • Completion = October 2016

Unique to Coultice Park – given site location

  •  Recirculation – Splash Pad (recycled water via holding tank)
  • Parking Lot within park area

Resident Feedback

  • Very positive and excited park is almost here.
  • Suggestions – add washroom/change room to park, given unique location

Concerns

  • Increased traffic, congestion, access + safety along Ninth Line
  • Vandalism – town monitoring of park, illegal fishing, adjacent property owners

Contact

Rob Raycroft
Director of Leisure + community Services
leisure.services@townofws.ca
905-640-1910 X 2290

Related Links

Coultice Park Meeting
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
FANTASTIC NEWS!