10 Jul

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SLOW THE FLOW

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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation (LSRCA) Offers Environmental Grants For Your Property

Landowners take advantage of LEAP funding to upgrade your septic system, install a rain garden, plant trees or more! A wide variety of projects qualify. To find out more, attend a FREE workshop on July 29th at 7p.m. Ballantrae Community Centre, 5592 Aurora Road. RSVP to Lori McLean, 905-895-1281 x272, l.mclean@LSRCA.on.ca  |  www.lsrca.on.ca/leap

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10 Jul

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Lake’s Official Unofficial 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

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!

 

03 Jul

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REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM

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Thank You Coultice Family!

2014- Coultice Park Dedication 007 (640x301) On behalf of the Town…in the Council Meeting on June 24th, Councillor Phil Bannon and Mayor Emmerson thanked representatives from the Coultice Family  for their perseverance in seeing this amazing land deal through to a close thus enabling this dream become a reality. In this case reality exceeded the dream as not only are we getting the 5 acre community park of our dreams at Musselman’s Lake but…also an additional 136 acres of pristine environmentally sensitive  land to be managed by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority. This park deal is a legacy that can be handed down from generation to generation.

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Coultice Family

 

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27 Jun

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MOTHER NATURE UNITES

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Deer Gives Birth At United Soils

United Soils Management sign announces the birth of a fawn

United Soils Management sign announces the birth of a deer

United Soils Management is currently in the process of restoring the old Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to farmland that will include a woodlot. While this is being done Alec Cloke, the owner of United Soils,  has been doing everything he can to minimize any possible disruption to our community. It seems that Mother Nature thinks he has been doing a great job of it. Friday June 20, 2014 a deer gave birth to her baby only about four and a half meters (15 feet) from the road on the site near the main gate.

Congratulations Alec Cloke on Mother Nature giving you her seal of approval for a job well done.

19 Jun

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PIT STOP COMING SOON!

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United Soils Management To Supply Area Cyclists With A Rest Area

United Soils Pit Stop is just the latest way that United Soils Management continues to generously contribute to our community. Both the  Annual Stouffville Winter Carnival and the Annual MLRA Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event are sponsored by United Soils Management just to mention a couple.

More details to follow at a later date.

United Soils Pit Stop coming soon.

United Soils Pit Stop coming soon.

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13 Jun

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Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon’s Tireless Efforts Result In Successful Charity Fund Raiser

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The Ballantrae Wine And Food Festival Is A Complete Success With Over $147,000.00 Raised To Date.

The Ballantrae Wine & Food Festival celebrated it’s 9th Anniversary this year. To date, over $147,000.00 has been raised and donated to local charities and health centres.

This year’s recipient, Southlake Regional Health Centre, has received over $ 37,000.00. All of this money has been directed to the fight against cancer and heart disease.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon, his dedicated volunteers, and strong community support, this exciting annual fund raising event is as big and successful as it is.

Thanks go out to Denise, Ashlea, Phil Bannon and Kath for nine years of hard work that has made the Ballantrae Wine & Food Festival the big success it is today

Thanks go out to Denise, Ashlea, Phil Bannon and Kath for nine years of hard work that has made the Ballantrae Wine & Food Festival the big success it is today

Janice, Neila Poscente, President & CEO Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, Linda and Phyllis ( Wine & Food festival Committee Members)

Janice, Neila Poscente, President & CEO Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, Linda and Phyllis ( Wine & Food festival Committee Members)

Mario & owner Sheridan from Willow Springs Winery with Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon

Mario & owner Sheridan from Willow Springs Winery with Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon

Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon with Mike Feld and Most Excellent Promotions staff Wayne and Kevin

Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon with Mike Feld and Most Excellent Promotions staff, Wayne and Kevin

Bruce Burton, Regional Sales Representative for Pelee Island Winery with Councillor Phil Bannon

Bruce Burton, Regional Sales Representative for Pelee Island Winery with Councillor Phil Bannon

Mayoral Candidate, Phil Bannon with Frank Houston and Mallory Frank from Pancers Deli.

Mayoral Candidate, Phil Bannon with Frank Houston and Mallory Frank from Pancers Deli.

P&F Meat Products' owner Tom and Max. Pictured here with Mayoral Candidate , Councillor Phil Bannon

P&F Meat Products’ owner Tom and Max. Pictured here with Mayoral Candidate , Councillor Phil Bannon

 Linda & Brad from Charlinda Belgium Chocolates with Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon

Linda & Brad from Charlinda Belgium Chocolates with Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon

 Patti & Stephanie Thompson, King Cole Duck with Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon

Patti & Stephanie Thompson, King Cole Duck with Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon

Tom, Emily and Tony from Stakeout Restaurant .have supported the Wine & Food Festival for 9 years. Pictured here with Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon

Tom, Emily and Tony from Stakeout Restaurant .have supported the Wine & Food Festival for 9 years. Pictured here with Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon

Councillor Phil Bannon with Karen from Wild Wing

Councillor Phil Bannon with Karen from Wild Wing

 

 

 

 

06 Jun

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PEACE RETURNING TO TOWER PROPERTY

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Councillor Phil Bannon, Candidate For Mayor, Addresses Residents’ Concerns About The Noise Coming From Trespassers On The Water Tower Property.

A fence is being erected on the Water Tower property on Ninth Line to prevent trespassing onto the property. Residents have been complaining about trespassing on the Water Tower property by local dirt bike and ATV riders. The concerns are not strictly about the excessive noise being created by these off road machines but there also are concerns about injuries being received by riders while on this private property.

Councillor Phil Bannon, Candidate for Mayor, with Water Tower property owner at fence installation

Councillor Phil Bannon with Water Tower property owner Saleh Reda at fence installation 

Councillor Phil Bannon at Water Tower property fence installation
Councillor Phil Bannon at Water Tower property fence installation.
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06 Jun

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FISHBONES ON MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

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The Well Known Fishbones Bistro In Stouffville Expands To Musselman’s Lake.

The community of Mussleman’s Lake welcomes an exciting new Bistro to its community. Fishbones, a very popular bistro in Stouffville has now opened up another location at Musselman’s Lake called Fishbones By The Lake. Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Phil Bannon attended a function there to congratulate the owners on their achievement.

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Fishbones On The Lake patio image from their FaceBook page

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Mayoral candidate Councillor Phil Bannon congratulates owner’s Pedro and Julian on their expansion to the Ballantrae – Musselman’s Lake community of the very successful Fishbone Restaurant. 

Phil Bannon congratulates Kyle Jenkin and Morgan Jenkin from Cedar Beach on their partnership with Fishbone By The Lake

Phil Bannon congratulates Kyle Jenkin and Morgan Jenkin from Cedar Beach on their partnership with Fishbone By The Lake

Fishbones By The Lake patio overlooking beautiful Musselman's Lake is very inviting.
Fishbones By The Lake patio overlooking beautiful Musselman’s Lake is very inviting.