04 Sep

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What a BLAST! Cedar Beach Annual Fireworks Display


 On Sunday September 6th, 2015 at dusk, Cedar Beach is once again ending the summer season with a BANG!

Cedar Beach Fireworks

Cedar Beach Season Ending Fireworks Display

This display is their exciting way of saying THANK-YOU! to their patrons for the business and to the residents for their support.

Patrons are invited to gather on the beach and residents are encouraged to view the outstanding display from the many vantage points on the shore or from their boats. Boaters are encouraged to cruise slowly to reduce the effect of waves and to stay close to the shoreline away from the Fireworks Launching Barge for safety.

Note to Boaters:

The display will be set up on a barge and towed to the middle of the Lake. Once the barge is in place please keep your boating activity to cruising around the perimeter of the Lake and also keep your boat wake to a minimum. There will be boats out BEFORE the display at dusk to help you maintain a safe distance from the barge and the fireworks.


25 Aug

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Back To School Safety


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


21 Aug

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Website Improvements


This website is being continuously improved to better serve our community

Recent changes to our website

This MLRA website is being continuously improved to better serve our community

This MLRA website is being continuously improved to better serve our community

  • Under Town Council we added a Twitter feed on council proceedings from WS Town Hall
  • Added a Links section with important links residents may need
  • Twitter Feed called Town Tweets was added to the sidebar. Feed from Town.
  • Local news feed was added to the sidebar. Links to Stouffville.com
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville news feed added to sidebar. Feed from York Region/WS
  • Community Links on sidebar now include links to the Cedarvale Community Association (CCA) and The Coolest Little Ice Cream
  • Photo slide show added to sidebar.

14 Aug

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Proposed Airport Will Affect Lake


“Whitchurch-Stouffville may not be Pickering but a large-scale urban airport, built in close proximity, would have a major effect on this community.” – Stouffville Free Press.

Originally published in the Stouffville Free Press – Feb 6, 2015

Courtesy of the Stouffville Free Press. Proposed Pickering Airport. Click on image to enlarge

Courtesy of the Stouffville Free Press. Proposed Pickering Airport.
Click on image to enlarge

There will be a flight path right over our Lake but not only the residents of the Musselman’s Lake area should be concerned but all of Ward 2. We should should be asking our politicians to make it very clear where they stand on this issue.

14 Aug

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“It’s Time For Action”


In 1972, Federal Government expropriated 18,600 acres (75 square km) of some of the richest farmland in Canada. The 2015 Federal Election promises to be pivotal in deciding the future of this prime land.

The Federal Lands - proposed Pickering Airport

The Federal Lands – proposed Pickering Airport

There will be a flight path right over our Lake but not only the residents of the Musselman’s Lake area should be concerned but all of Ward 2. We should should be asking our politicians to make it very clear where they stand on this issue.

Please watch this very informative video below. It will make your jaw drop.

How has our government been been allowed to do this?

Important Update from “Land over Landings”


CLICK ON IMAGE for Update from “Land over Landings”

14 Aug

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Fond Memories of Cedar Beach & Musselman’s Lake


Long ago and far away

From The Stouffville Free Press

by Maurice Smith

One of my earliest childhood memories is of travelling from the west end of Toronto with members of our church group aboard a gaggle of orange school buses, en route to a place in the country for our Sunday school picnic.


Musselman’s Lake old road sign

For all the seven and eight-year-olds on those buses, it seemed we would never arrive at our destination. Eventually of course we landed on the shores of that faraway haven: Cedar Beach, Musselman’s Lake, located north of a place called Stouffville. That kettle lake was the destination of many such convoys in the 1940s.

Who would have thought that years later, I would be living here and writing about that very place? A place where you would not only be able to swim, but also to enjoy the amenities next to the pavilion built in 1929 by George Davies.
Mr. Davies decided to build a cottage on acreage he owned along the north shore of the lake on land which he had been farming. Without a firm set of blueprints, his cottage soon turned into his pavilion.
I wonder if he ever imagined that what he built in that summer of ’29 would become the focal point of a very large recreation business. Or that his pavilion, in the waterfront park, would one day be surrounded by mobile summer homes, pass its 85th anniversary and be operated by four successive generations.
During the 1930 and 1940s the pavilion became the place to play and to dance the nights away. Most nights of the week you could dance on the sprung hardwood floor to music provided by the big bands of the day such as Bobby Gimby, Jack Crawford or Bert Niosi. If you could not make it to “the lake” on a Saturday night, you could tune into a Toronto radio station and hear live broadcasts from the pavilion.

Historic photo of Cedar Beach, Musselman's Lake

Historic photo of Cedar Beach, Musselman’s Lake

In the 1960s, George’s son Vern and Vern’s daughter, Janet, expanded the trailer park portion onto the east side of Ninth Line. This area was formerly an apple orchard and Evans Drive, the street going into the trailer park, is named after the original owner of that orchard.
Another aspect of the Davies’s business was the renting of boats for an afternoon paddle around the lake. When they realized that the boats were not being rented after dark, because it was cooler – so I have been told – they came up with the idea of providing pillows and blankets for those moonlight trips.
On most summer Sundays the parking lots were overflowing with vehicles by 10 a.m. During the week kids would simply ride their bikes up to spend a day at the beach. In those days the entrance fee to the private beach was ten cents. However, Vern would waive the fee for those who had come on their bikes. As he often observed, “If kids ride all this way just for a swim, they deserve to have it for free.”
During the 1960s, after the big band era had passed, a country and western music theme was introduced to the pavilion’s repertoire and once again the building came alive. On average 400 patrons were squeezed in every weekend.

The store across from the pavilion was built in the early 1930s. It housed a grocery and butcher store for many years. Today it is operated by Mr. George Karpouzis as an ice cream and variety store catering to the needs of tourists and trailer park residents.
Although Fishbone by the Lake restaurant now occupies the waterfront area of the property during the summer months, today the pavilion itself sits dormant.

Maurice Smith can also be reached at: mauricefp@rogers.com

Photos from the MLRA Photo Library.

07 Aug

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Community Leader On The Move


by Charlene Jones

We will miss the Gilderdale’s and all they have done to enrich our lives here in the small burb

Kate Gilderdale, editor of the Stouffville Free Press, tours Musselman’s Lake

Kate Gilderdale tours Musselman’s Lake

Communities develop profile through the people who live in them. In this sense, we in the greater Whitchurch Stouffville area are less than who we collectively were, for the recent move of Ms. Kate Gilderdale and Dermot (aka Mr. Wallethead) to the bustle of downtown Toronto.

Yes, we wish them well. Yes, we genuinely hope in our hearts they find sympatico and good wine in every corner of their new digs. And yes, somewhere deep down we miss them and regret their move, for our own sake.

Kate’s decision to stay on with Free Press when it grew from its previous incarnation was motivated largely by her commitment to positive news, the kind of intelligent news and reporting that lets a community see itself in the best light. By focusing on that best light the Free Press under Kate’s editorial eagle eye supported our sense that we in Whitchurch-Stouffville have blessed and prosperous neighborhoods, enjoy friendly exchanges with most everyone, even those with whom we disagree, and thrive under the generosity of one person to the other. This light surely sustains one in the darker moments of any life! We extend our best wishes to Mr. Bruce Stapely who has stepped up to fill in as editor of the Free Press.

Kate is also the moving force behind Starlight Cinema at 19 on the Park, a project she undertook with characteristic determination and quiet refusal to be acknowledged!

As a personal friend, Kate offers many qualities I admire. Perhaps first among the many is her outstanding wit. As a British native she often seems disinclined to understand how unique her wit is and how much joy it brings to all situations. But then, that’s another of Kate’s great personal qualities: her humility. The first to crow about others, to admire the talents and abilities of those around her Kate’s natural attention lay on the goodness in other people. We will miss the Gilderdale’s and all they have done to enrich our lives here in the small ‘burb; we wish Kate every moment of well deserved fulfillment in her newest role as Grandmama!

Kate Gilderdale has now ventured into the Toronto reading scene by making an appearance at Vino Rosso, 995 Bay St. Toronto on August 1st.  She did Stouffville up proud as she read from her great humorous columns to an appreciative crowd. Spontaneous clapping and laughter followed her words as she tickled and entertained all present with her gift of self-deprecating humour. Rumour has it that she has been asked back for a return engagement.


The Gilderdales’ Last Gasp


The Gilderdales’ Last Gasp
By Kate Gilderdale

Vintage-Whine-pic-702x336@2xLike Frank Sinatra’s long goodbye, the Walletheads’ farewell to Stouffville was a protracted affair, which included an unforgettable celebration hosted by the Free Press and other lovely FOGs (Friends of the Gilderdales).
Tuning out the rising panic associated with moving after four decades in one spot, we also rashly decided to hold a ‘goodbye to the house’ party at the old homestead for family and friends from the city who had been regular visitors to the ’ville over the years.
The event was scheduled for nine days before the big move and several people questioned our sanity. It would be a breeze, I insisted. We’d order in and everything else would take care of itself.
By the time I had begun to think rationally about the affair it was too late to cancel, so I turned to my stalwart friend Lynn for advice about what to serve. “Funeral sandwiches,” she said, without missing a beat.
I pointed out that even though I’m sort of retiring, I’m not ready to throw in the towel completely, but apparently the name is often used to describe food which is easy to serve. Our old friend, Wikipedia, explains it thus:
“The common thread among funeral food is that it is typically simple, warm and versatile, which could explain where funeral sandwiches got their name.”
Another site, cleverhousewife.com, offered recipes for these delicacies under the snappy little header, ‘Nothing to mourn about here’. Of course, even I wasn’t deranged enough to think I’d have time to make them myself, so I ordered from a caterer and asked my daughter to collect them on the big day.
As the party approached I became more and more convinced that we would need other stuff to offset the funereal fare, so I picked up dips, chips, cheese straws, nuts, olives and a slew of other ‘just in case’ substitutes.
“I’ll just put them out on serving plates or in bowls,” I said blithely to Mr. Wallethead, momentarily forgetting that all the serving plates and bowls were triple wrapped, boxed and stashed in the garage awaiting their journey to a new life in the city.
As it turned out, both our farewell celebrations did have one element common to a funeral – it was like being at your own wake. People said lovely things about what we meant to them and how much they would miss us; my esteemed editor and two co-conspirators wrote and sang a brilliant and witty version of My Way, re-titled Kate’s Way; and one long-time friend created a poster for guests to sign at the house party (see photo).
In the months leading up to the final bash, we had been madly divesting ourselves of four decades worth of junk, magazines, paperbacks, broken furniture, paint cans and chipped mugs dating back to the last millennium.
When the party was over, we had amassed another mountain of recyclable containers, cups and plates, which will necessitate a final farewell trip to the dump before we set out on what we hope will be Kate and Dermont’s Excellent Adventure.
By the time you read this, we will be in our apartment, surrounded by boxes, bedding and books, and wondering where on earth we put the corkscrew.

17 Jul

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Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer


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


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


Rob Raycroft
Director of Leisure + community Services
905-640-1910 X 2290

Related Links

Coultice Park Meeting