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!

09 Jul

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Coultice Park Meeting

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Important Meeting re Coultice Park on Wed. July 15

Please be sure to attend this meeting. We have worked towards this park for eight years and now it has become a reality.

Important Meeting about Coultice Park - excerpt from Ward2News

Important Meeting about Coultice Park – excerpt from Ward2News

 

Notice of Public Information Session - Coultice Park Design

Notice of Public Information Session – Coultice Park Design

 

Related Links

COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER

REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM

WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

FANTASTIC NEWS!

 

09 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 (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!

 

19 Jun

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Happy Canada Day From The MLRA

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Since the earliest days of our history, Canada has been a land of promise.

Happy Canada Day everyone!

Canada FlagWe are proud of the nation we have built together over the last 148 years. Since the earliest days of our history, Canada has been a land of promise. We have built a society that celebrates achievement and excellence, while at the same time maintaining a strong respect for human rights. Canada Day brings us together, strengthens our communities, and helps us understand the significance of the citizenship we all share.

  Also please enjoy this amazing Canada Day video by the Hadfield family.

A polite song from two brothers who are just hoping your day is going okay.

 

Please Remember… Drive to Arrive Alive and Be Safe!

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Lake Watch – Water Safety

19 Jun

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A Summer Tradition…don’t miss the festivities!

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Stouffville Strawberry Festival festivities run from June 26 – 28th with fireworks on Canada Day

Make sure you bring the whole family out to enjoy the Strawberry Festival and celebrate Canada Day as well!

Strawberries

Mouth watering Stouffville Strawberry Festival Strawberries.

Happy Canada Day

Canada Day celebrations are an integral part of the Stouffville Strawberry Festival

 

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the complete Stouffville Strawberry Festival calendar of events

 

 

12 Jun

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Does Your Septic Need A Tuneup?

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The Town is Coming to look under your hood…

lakesimcoeprotectionplan

CLICK ON IMAGE to view the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association has been busy looking into the potential ramifications of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and here is what we know so far.  Under the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan there are amendments coming to the Building Code effective Jan 1, 2016.  These amendments will expand from their current requirements and make septic inspections mandatory for all properties within 100 meters of any waterway in the Lake Simcoe Watershed.  This means that if you live within 100 meters of Musselman’s Lake, your septic is going to be inspected!

This is great news for the health of the lake as failing septic systems are a leading cause of phosphorus loading in the watershed.  But, we know that this can put some people in a very difficult situation when they have to pay for a new system.

The MLRA was in a meeting with Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority earlier this week and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, or pipe in this case.

Environment Canada is increasing the funding available to the LEAP program and that means there is more government funding to help residents pay for the upgrades. In some cases they are willing to subsidize up to $7000.00!

The most important thing is that if you get caught in the mandatory inspection and found to be in violation, you are NOT eligible for grant monies.  The grant money is there as an incentive for people who are proactive in dealing with their systems.  

From Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority:

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the LEAP Program website

If your septic system is faulty, malfunctioning, or older than 20 years, you may be eligible for funding to repair, upgrade, or replace it through the Landowner Environmental Assistance Program (LEAP). This program aims at improving water quality and wildlife habitat within the Lake Simcoe watershed. This is accomplished by providing landowners with confidential and free site visits, technical advice and funding assistance for environmental projects on their land. LEAP is administered by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and made possible by funding from municipal partners and the support of the York, Durham, and Simcoe chapters of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

 Find out more about the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s Landowner Environmental Assistance Program at www.lsrca.on.ca/leap or contact Jen Slykhuis, Stewardship Technician: j.slykhuis@lsrca.on.ca1-800-465-0437 x. 121.

The MLRA continue to look into the details of this, but time is of the essence.  Contact Jen and LSRCA and see what you need to do to take advantage of the money available to you now, before the Town comes to your door.

The MLRA is working closely with our Councillor Maurice Smith and will bring you more information as we learn more details of the inspection program.

 

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Planning Any Shoreline Improvements?

 

05 Jun

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Ticked Off

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Unfortunately both Ticks and Lyme Disease are spreading in Ontario. What can you do to protect your family and your pet?

Dr. Brian Laing

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CLICK HERE for more information on Ticks and Lyme Disease

Experts are warning us that this year promises to be a banner year for ticks. Already we have seen in our practice a dozen dog’s come in with ticks attached to them, including one lady who found two crawling in her kitchen that had fallen off their dog after a walk in the forest.

Our forests are wonderful this time of year and can be enjoyed safely if you take the proper precautions. Don’t stay away from them out of fear, but don’t ignore the ever-increasing threat of ticks. Protect your family and your pet.