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

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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)

 

05 Jul

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Musselman’s 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 (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!

 

05 Jul

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Nature’s Way of Leveling the Playing Field

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From the Reader’s Write section of the Stouffville Free Press

These periodic die-offs may be nature’s way of leveling the playing field.

In the last couple of weeks Musselman’s Lake has experienced a fish die-off similar, but less severe in numbers, to what occurred in the spring of 2009.

There are a number of similarities between this fish die-off and that of 2009. As in 2009 the dying fish are almost exclusively black crappie, as well, both incidences occurred in the early spring when the Crappie are breeding.

Sunfish nesting in Musselman's Lake.

Sunfish nesting in Musselman’s Lake. Photo Dr. Brian Laing

Sunfish, a close relative, are seen mating and nesting as I write this. A water quality issue would affect more than one species of fish.

All of this leads us to believe that the crappie die-off that we have just experienced is caused by the same thing that caused it in 2009, namely, the unusually warm weather followed by a drop in temperature timed just when the crappie are breeding. This theory is further supported by the fact that almost all of the fish are of breeding size, the young fry are not affected.

If the Crappie were not spawning they would have stayed in the deeper cooler water and not been subjected to the water temperature fluctuations. As it is, the breeding fish stay in the shallow water and are stressed becoming prone to a bacterial infection by Columnaris flexibacter.

Columnaris is always present in fish, but typically becomes an issue only in stressed fish.

Postmortems in 2009 confirmed this as the cause at that time. Due to the similarities of the two die-offs, we have not performed postmortems this year, but are confident that the cause of the two incidents is the same.

There is potential ‘silver lining’ to this crappie die-off. Crappie are an aggressive species recently introduced to the lake (likely through release of baitfish). I have seen their young surround a sunfish nest and slowly eat all the eggs. As the male sunfish chases off one juvenile crappie another moves in and eats some eggs. The sunfish returns to the nest and chases off the new interloper while a third rushes in to eat some more eggs. In very little time the sunfish nest is empty.

Because of survival instincts like this, the crappie population has dramatically increased since they were introduced to the lake and is putting pressure on other species.

These periodic die-offs may be nature’s way of leveling the playing field.

Dr Brian Laing

MLRA

Town and Country Animal Hospital

905-640-4107

 

 

Related Links

Natural Occurrence and No Cause For Alarm

Update of the Crappie Die-Off

Phil Bannon Mounts A Cleanup

Crappie Update

It’s Crappie!

 

28 Jun

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Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update

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Alec Cloke from United Soils Management updates the MLRA

As you may or may not know, United Soils Management’s Ninth Line landfill site is also a restoration project. USM was issued a fill permit as part of the Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project. The plan involves using quality fill to fill in the old pit and to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to as it was in the 1950’s –  farmland with a woodlot.

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

The MLRA has been working closely with United Soils since the start of the restoration project and Alec Cloke has always been very open with us on an ongoing basis. United Soils has just applied for an amendment to their land fill permit to allow a small number of hydrovac trucks to empty at the site. The MLRA sat down with Alec Cloke to find out more information about this proposal.

Here are his answers to our questions.

Why does United Soils want to allow hydrovac trucks access to the landfill site?

The hydrovac industry is 15 years old and growing in leaps and bounds. To date, there are two legal places to unload hydrovacs in the GTA as a result hydrovacs are being emptied everywhere and there are no measures or any policing for testing.  United Soils is organizing to cure that.

Will the number of trucks on the Ninth Line increase as a result?  

United’s application is for an amendment to a previously granted license. There will be no additional trucks on Ninth Line. Hydrovacs will be included in the approved number of trucks coming to that location.

Are the hydrovac trucks covered under the same daily limit as the dump trucks or are they in addition too?

There will be one hydrovac company allowed to come to United. The hydrovac company owned by Powell contracting operating within Stouffville will be responsible for policing over the protocol of all materials coming to the site. That is to say, that more than one hydrovac company may be coming to the site, but Powell contracting will be responsible for all of it.

How many hydrovac companies will be approved access to USM property?   How have these companies been selected?

The testing criteria for hydrovac trucks is equal to the protocol which already exists. The difference is that the material will be tested in a separate quadrant of our property. If the testing fails, the material will be removed.

What happens if material is found to be contaminated?  Who pays for this?

If contaminated material comes to the site, it will not go further from where it was originally delivered and immediately removed at the shippers expense.

Who and how will the USM property be monitored to ensure compliance with the dumping agreement?  ( MOE vs Town)

There’s a protocol agreement that administered by United soils and monitored by the town.

The first truck allowed on the site cannot be earlier than 7am and the last truck allowed on the premises cannot be after 6pm.

It’s easy for United Soils to adhere to that.

One must not forget that there’s a gravel pit working at the same location where there are no restrictions for early morning entry.

That operation closes at 4pm.

Are there additional risks to the community by allowing hydrovac trucks access?

There are no additional risks. The testing criteria is the same.

Something that the public should understand is that the hydrovac and small quantity portion of the business is minor compared to what already exists. United is not going to put its current operation in jeopardy for the sake of hydrovacs.

I understand that there is water monitoring taking place, can you describe what is being done and how often.

It’s conducted by Golder and Associates. All reports are sent directly to the Town, so as in any other report which is public can be received by requesting the Town for it.

Who has access to the water monitoring information?

The Town has access to all information.

There is a lot of confusion as to how many trucks are permitted to daily enter the pit, can you elaborate on this.

The maximum number of trucks which is approved to date is 600 but United is doing nowhere near that.

What time are the trucks allowed to begin dumping?  People are expressing concern over a tail gate “Bang” early in the morning, is this coming from USM operation?

It is not coming from USM if it is before 7am on weekdays.

It’s important to note that the water on United’s property is NOT ground water, but captured storm water.

500,000 gallons per month are what is used for dust control on the site.

United has put up $333,000.00 cash securities to date.

This will grow over the next 3 years to one million dollars cash securities.

The way that the agreement is structured with the town is that it gets revisited annually in case there are deletions or additions in the agreement.

The MLRA would like to thank Alec Cloke for keeping our community updated on the project.

Don’t forget USM is holding an open house at the Ninth Line landfill site/restoration project this Thursday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Engineers and staff from the Town will be on hand to answer questions. It really is worth taking the time to attend to fully understand the scope of the project.

 

 RELATED LINKS

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)

 

28 Jun

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It was an awesome day!

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Thank-you to everyone who helped make our first Family Fun Day that was held on May 28th a great success. It was an awesome day!

DSC_0003 (1)We had tons of fun with great entertainment and yummy food…bouncy castles, crafts, Ballantrae Fire Truck, Crew + Sparky,

Meat Merchant Trailer, Charlinda Chocolates, raffle prizes, 50/50 Draw and fun loving DJ Mike Feld from Most Excellent Productions.

A special thank-you to our event sponsor United Soils, host Cedar Beach Resort and participants Town of WS,
Ward 2 Maurice Smith, WS Museum and volunteers from MLRA and CCA community associations.

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27 Jun

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Important Notice re Property Assessment

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An Important Notice Regarding Your
Property Assessment from MPAC

 

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Website: www.mpac.ca
MPAC About My Property Website: www.aboutmyproperty.ca

All residential property owners in Whitchurch-Stouffville will have recently received a Property Assessment Notice from MPAC. This is a very important document as it will form the basis upon which the town will assess your property taxes for the next four years. (2016 – 2020)

MPAC previously completed their property assessment effective January1, 2012. The current assessed value is effective January 1, 2016. The statistics upon which the current valuations are based indicate  the average single residential valuation has increased 45.9% in York Region during that time period.

The year-over-year change, January 1, 2017 over January 1, 2016 is anticipated to be 12.2%.

Please review your notice carefully as it contains a summary of the data MPAC have for your property and upon which they base their calculation. It also indicates the school system you support.

If you have any questions you can go to the MPAC website, or you can call their office at 1-866-296-6722. If you deem it necessary you will have 120 days in which to file a “Request for Reconsideration” notice. (Until October 11, 2016).

An additional source of much information on market trends etc is available on the website titled
About My Property.

Regards,
Maurice Smith
Councillor Ward 2
Town of Whitchurch – Stouffville
maurice.smith@townofws.ca

 

10 Jun

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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