08 Oct

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Hear The Beep Where You Sleep


It’s Fire Prevention Week ( October 4-10 )

This year’s theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” every bedroom should have a working smoke alarm.

In conjunction with fire prevention week, Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire & Emergency Services has released a short you-tube film.

The film focuses on fire safety for youth and the very real consequences of careless behavior and how everything can change “In An Instant”


Hear The Beep Where You Sleep – Music Video

25 Sep

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Rain, Rain, Go Away


Three rain dates delay successful Annual Community Yard Sale


Thanks for coming out to sell, buy, or both at the Musselman’s Lake Community Yard Sale!  After THREE rain dates, we finally had our sale on Sun Sept 20, behind George and Irene’s Cedar Beach Variety Store.

Thanks to everyone involved in making this year another success!YardSale2_2




18 Sep

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CUPPEL Project re Septic Systems



Control Unwanted Phosphorous and Pollution Entering Lake

The CUPPEL Project is an MLRA initiative to help Control Unwanted Phosphorous and Pollution Entering Lake. As part of that initiative we are sharing this information from the LSRCA about septic systems.




Septic System Care

It is essential that septic waste water does not reach the surface or groundwater supplies, as it contains bacteria and viruses harmful to human health, as well as nutrients (e.g., phosphorus and nitrate) that promote algae and weed growth in the lake.

What You Can Do

  • If you are considering purchasing a home, have a trained professional look for indications of a failing septic system. If there is a problem, you may need to improve or upgrade the existing septic system.
  • Submit an application to your local municipal health unit before installing a septic system. Whether you or a licensed contractor does the work, a certificate of approval will be required to construct the system. Your septic system must pass a final inspection before you get a permit to use it.
  • Know the location of all the components of your septic system and keep heavy vehicles, large shrubs and trees away from these areas. Check the sludge level in your septic tank yearly and have a reputable contractor remove sludge and scum every three to five years, depending on how much the system is used.
  • Dispose of household chemicals properly, at a Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Do not pour them down the toilet or drain, as they can destroy the bacteria that help decompose septic.
  • Do not use food waste disposal systems, they contribute unnecessary solids and grease to your septic system.
  • Do not use toilets as garbage cans. Unnecessary solids reduce the efficiency of the system.
  • Septic systems enjoy a phosphorus-free lifestyle.
  • Do not use septic system additives to eliminate the need to periodically pump out the sludge.
  • Call your local health unit if you think you or your neighbour has a problem with a septic system. If you feel uncomfortable about reporting a neighbour, remember that it’s your water supply and your lake that is at risk.



Upgrading Septic Systems

Septic system upgrade project


The purpose of this program is to help landowners through the process of repairing, upgrading or replacing faulty or malfunctioning septic systems in order to protect ground and surface water.


Any landowner within the Lake Simcoe watershed with a faulty septic system on their property may qualify for 50 per cent funding, $2,500 for a conventional system or $5,000 for an advanced system. Additional funds may be available from other environmental grant funding sources. LSRCA Stewardship Technicians will ensure that you are made aware of all the grant funding programs available to you.



Related Links

Does Your Septic Need A Tuneup?
Leaking Septics
CUPPEL Project – Phase One Complete


11 Sep

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Ballantrae Fall Fair


Pancake Brunch, Pie Contests, Farmer’s Market, Music and More!

Join us for a Pancake Brunch, Baking Contests, Farmer’s Market, Music, art activities from The Latcham Gallery, and heritage races from the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre! Also enjoy inflatables, interactive carnival style games, Sport activities with Coach Steve and horseshoe pitch from Tiny Seedlings!  www.townofws.ca

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Ballantrae Fall Fair


11 Sep

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What A Splendid Display


What a splendid display of fireworks!


Labour Day Fireworks at Cedar Beach, Musselman’s Lake

By Charlene Jones

Who gets to sit on their dock and watch a powerful display of fireworks in the air and the water? We do.

Friends joined us from Claremont and Whitby to share in this, one of the many extraordinary moments supplied by living on Musselman’s Lake.

Thanks go out from our hearts to the owner/operators of Cedar Beach and to the talents of Pyromaniacs for putting on this celebration of the last of summer, the first of fall.

Thank You!


Related Link
What a BLAST! Cedar Beach Annual Fireworks Display

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