Muldrew Lakes Cottagers' Association

 

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  • June 14, 2019 6:48 PM | Anonymous member

    A 7150 sq. ft., 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom house with a 3-car garage may soon loom over S. Muldrew Lake.

     

    The Litterst application to build on Hardcastle point in S. Muldrew Lake is coming back to Gravenhurst Town Council for reconsideration on Tuesday, June 25 at 5 PM. In our opinion, this project is excessively large for the site in particular and for our lake in general. With the help of MLCA, a group of concerned residents has been fighting this application and won a deferral at a Town Council meeting in April.

     

    The applicants have asked for relief from adhering to prescribed setbacks in building this huge house, which is both too wide and too tall for the narrow peninsula property in question and out of character with the surrounding cottaging community. The applicants also propose to build a separate 3-car garage (with an 8th bedroom and 9th bathroom) that is bigger than the original cottage on the property. The footprint of the proposed dock plus boathouse area is also excessive.

     

    Despite meeting with concerned residents and touring the lake, and despite improved siting, the applicants and their agents have not made sufficient changes to the size of proposed dwelling and garage. The scale of this project has the potential to significantly reduce the ability of surrounding cottagers to enjoy their properties and could set a dangerous precedent allowing overbuilding on our small narrow lake.

     

    We need YOU to:

     

    1) Send a message to one or all Councillors (see below) by phone or email, asking them to reject the Zoning Bylaw Amendments requested in the Litterst application

    building project [ZA 09-2019] for #1176-7 Woodland Drive and requiring the proposed project to conform to at least the 20 m historical setbacks, if not the 30 m current setbacks specified in the Gravenhurst Official Plan.

     

    2) Register to speak about your concerns for the Tues June 25, 2019 meeting of Town Council. Call 705-687-2230. Anyone wishing to speak at Planning Council needs to follow the instructions and fill out the form found in the attached link.  https://forms.gravenhurst.ca/Legislative/Request-for-Deputation

     

    3) SHOW UP at the Town Council meeting on Tues June 25, 2019 and lend your support for maintaining the character of our lake. Come the Council Chambers are 3-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst.

     

    4) Send a message to Town Planning staff expressing your opposition to any shrinking of setbacks. Gravenhurst Town Planner Kris Orsan:  kris.orsan@gravenhurst.ca

     

    5) Sign a Petition email jrattray@cogeco.ca for a copy.

    You can print, fill out, sign, then scan and email it to the Gravenhurst Town Planning Dept, Kris Orsan:  kris.orsan@gravenhurst.ca, or send it via email to jrattray@cogeco.ca

    Monster Cottage Petition.pdf

     

    6) PASS ON this message to anyone you feel can support our position.

     

    THANKS!

    John Rattray and many friends

    Contact: jrattray@cogeco.ca

     

     

    Gravenhurst Town Council Members Info   Jun 2019

    Mayor and Town Councillors

    Paul Kelly                           Mayor                                 705-687-5605                    paul.kelly2@gravenhurst.ca

    Penny Varney                    Ward 1                                705-331-8331                    varney@muskoka.com

    Jo Morphy                          Ward 2 (Middle, North Lakes)     905-479-8927                    joanne.m@rogers.com

    Steven Klinck                     Ward 3  (South Lake)                      705-305-9282                    swklinck@gmail.com

    Terry Pilger                        Ward 4                                               705-644-1195                    terrypilger@gmail.com

    Graeme Murray                Ward 5                                               705-205-2479                    murray29@gmail.com

     

    District Councillors

    Sandy Cairns                      District                 705-330-7273                    sanmar@cogeco.ca

    John Gordon                      District                 705-687-0649                    gordonjohnb@gmail.com

    Heidi Lorenz                      District                 705-687-2944                    heidi.lorenz@districtcouncil.ca

     

      

  • June 02, 2019 6:08 PM | Anonymous member

    I have 2 sets of pine bunk beds for sale with mattresses.  Matresses are almost new.

    $225 each set or $400 for both.


    email me - karenrobertson.scott@gmail.com


  • May 24, 2019 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Gravenhurst Opera House Summer Brochure.pdf


    Dear Lake Dwellers!

    It seems as though spring may have forgotten its roadmap but I’m sure we’ll be complaining about the hot weather in due time.  In the meantime, we are very excited to welcome you back to cottage and boating season on our beautiful Muskoka waterways.

    The Gravenhurst Opera House has another terrific summer season planned and we couldn’t wait to tell you all about it!

    The Gravenhurst Opera House has been a cultural cornerstone since 1901 and with that tradition in mind, we are happy that it continues to be a focal point for great entertainment all year long.

    Summer Theatre in Canada started right here 85 years ago and we are very proud to continue the cherished tradition of professional summer theatre in our beautiful, historic venue.

    Our 2019 Summer Theatre season will make you laugh, cry and dance in the aisles.  Opening with Harvest (June 26 to July 19), the story of a rental deal that goes ‘to pot’ or ‘up in smoke’. Well, you get the idea.  This very timely and very funny play by Canadian playwright Ken Cameron is a brilliantly written two hander, based on his parents’ real life experience.  

    This season’s musical takes us back to the days of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis!  This famous duo was loved around the world but their partnership didn’t last.  Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been (July 24 to August 16) by Jesse Collins, delivers a very funny concert of old standards and old jokes.  Accompanied by a full band, stars of the show; Derek Marshall and Nicolas Arnold will transport you back to the clubs of Vegas.  

    The final theatre production of the summer is Kalamazoo (September 11 to 27).  This lovely story by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger finds Peg and Irving both alone in their later years.  Encouraged by family, they turn to on-line dating.  What could possibly go wrong?  More importantly, what could go right?  With second chances filled with humourous moments, this romantic comedy delivers a new lease on life for this unlikely couple.

    **Don’t forget about our Show Us You’re Local Program.  If you pay taxes in the Town of Gravenhurst, bring us proof of residency and you’ll receive our Local 2 for 1 rate for our summer theatre performances.  That’s $20 per ticket on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all summer long!  (tickets must be purchased in pairs). We also have group and package rates.  Just check in with our Box Office and they’ll be happy to tell you all about the great ways to save.

    Our summer concerts are also a must see!  On Saturday, June 8th we have one of Toronto’s favourite bands, The Jive Bombers who will have you jumpin’ and jivin’ in the aisles.  They’re also bringing special guest Johnny Max with them who we all know and love!  On Saturday, August 17thJack Hutton & Friends will be back with what they’re calling their ‘Farewell Tour’.  Jack and friends are world renowned ragtime and jazz players which always makes for a fun night.  Grammy nominated producer and musician, Lance Anderson will be back this year with another incredible line up that will take us back 50 years to Woodstock, the festival of festivals!  On Saturday, August 24thWoodstock at 50 will feature many highlights from that unforgettable weekend.  This year’s Summer Season Wrap Up concert on Saturday, September 28th features North America’s Premier tribute to ‘Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook’ starring Suzanne O Davis. 

    We’ve attached our summer season brochure and an ad for you to share with your members, include in your newsletters or on your social media channels to help spread the word about our Show Us You’re Local program and how you can sign up for our e-newsletters.

    Our Box Office is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and 10:00 am until show time on performance days.  You can purchase tickets in person or by phone at 705-687-5550 or toll free at 1-888-495-8888.  The Box Office email address is operahouseboxoffice@gravenhurst.ca .  For a full listing of what is happening at the Opera House, please visit our website at www.GravenhurstOperaHouse.com

    The Gravenhurst Opera House is Muskoka’s oldest entertainment tradition and the place to be all summer long!  Be sure to mark your calendars for all these great show!

    We look forward to welcoming you back or for the very first time and hope that your time with us is treasured!

    Krista Storey 
    Manager of Arts & Culture

    Town of Gravenhurst


    2019 Cottage and Lake Associations - Opera House Ad.jpg



  • May 14, 2019 1:18 PM | Anonymous member

    Hound type dog with a bright red collar seen running in the woods near Southwood Road and Schenkel/Fishhook area. Looked to be searching for something/someone.

  • May 11, 2019 11:11 AM | Anonymous member

    A long section of wooden dock with frame constructed of logs has found its way into our bay, on North Lake across from and east of Rose Bay, where the beach is. If it's yours, please come and collect it when you can.

  • April 28, 2019 9:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With all the reports surfacing around the flooding happening in the area, we wanted to share some communications.


    The ice on Muldrew has finally thawed and thankful we are experiencing relatively seasonal water levels for those who haven't had the chance to be there themselves.  


    Below is the statement issued from the Town of Gravenhust this afternoon that will be of interest.



    GRAVENHURST CONTINUES TO MONITOR - SPRING FRESHET

    Enhanced monitoring in effect.

    Gravenhurst, ON – As Muskoka communities around Gravenhurst have declared flooding related emergencies, officials in the Town of Gravenhurst have increased monitoring of local waterways, just as they have been for the past six weeks.

    “The Town’s Infrastructure Services staff instituted enhanced monitoring in mid-March in anticipation of the spring freshet, and a staff team has been watching the data points daily,” said Deputy Fire Chief Todd Clapp who is also the Community Emergency Management Coordinator. Isolated pockets of flooding have occurred throughout Gravenhurst. “We also began public messaging in early March prior to the start of the freshet, because we wanted those who have traditionally been affected to have it top of mind.”

    “The river systems in North Muskoka are very different from those in our community, and we know from past years that our experience is dissimilar to theirs, but having said that, we’ve been extremely vigilant about the safety of our community,” said Mayor Paul Kelly. “The extreme water flows that warranted declarations of emergencies to the north of us have had an effect on Lake Muskoka and we are being very watchful of changing conditions,” he added.

    Sandbagging supplies were established in Gravenhurst during the March break as an added proactive measure, and these are seeing good usage by the community. An additional location has been added at Sunshine Court in West Gravenhurst.

    Town officials are keeping a keen eye out for changes in weather and water levels. “We continue to get regular inputs from a variety of sources like the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Trent Severn Waterway, and the network with all of our neighbours, we just need mother nature to cooperate and let the water levels diminish,” said Clapp. The emergency management team is poised to act when and if necessary, and all of the Town’s Departments are standing by as needed.

    The District of Muskoka is also monitoring water levels and road conditions.

    Residents can continue to take the following preparatory actions if they are in flood prone areas:  

    • Relocate items of value above flood levels. This includes items in basements, garages, sheds, yards, boathouses or other structures.
    • Check your sump pump to ensure its working properly.  Make sure the area around and above the pump is free from combustible materials.
    • Know where sandbag/sand stock piles are located nearest to your home.
    • Have an emergency generator available in case of power failure.
    • Pre-arrange emergency accommodations and prepare a “go bag” in case of evacuation. If you are forced to evacuate your home, remember to make allowances for pets, medications and other personal items.
    • Make sure docks and propane supply tanks are secured.
    • Listen to radio and media alerts regarding severe weather. Stay informed.

      Plan Prepare, Be Aware!  Visit www.gravenhurst.ca/alerts

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    For more information, please contact:

    Todd Clapp 

    Deputy Fire Chief/Community Emergency Management Coordinator

    todd.clapp@gravenhurst.ca

     705-687-3414



  • April 28, 2019 7:36 PM | Anonymous member

    Gardener Available on Muldrew Lake!


    Get Ready for Spring!


    Need help in your Garden? Maintain your gardens to impress your guests, family and friends. 


    Weeding, Edging, Cultivating, Pruning, Transplanting/Dividing, Planting and more


    Call to inquire about your weed free summer. 


    (647) 808 4767

    Julian Youd


  • February 07, 2019 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon Muskoka Bay,

    I know I am overdue for an update so here goes! First off, you are receiving this email because you are a paid member of Muskoka Bay Property Owners Association. The annual expiry for all memberships is on August 1, 2019. (However, I will be bothering you long before that for your renewal!) Our numbers are currently the largest since my involvement so thank you for that! We just keep getting stronger.

    We may need all of your annual dues as Gravenhurst and the Province of Ontario have once again raised the prospects of selling the Muskoka Regional Centre. The Property is still owned by the Ontario Government but has changed hands in terms of who controls the file. It is now run by Bill Walker MPP who is in charge of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services The Mayor and Senior Staff from the Town have met with the Province on three separate occasions during the past few months including bringing along Maple Leaf Schools. Here is a bit of the article that went out to the press on December 18, 2018.

    “We had a very constructive conversation with the Ministers in which we stated our case and they revealed more insight into where the file currently rests,” said Glen Davies. “What we’ve learned is that another interested party exists and that negotiations are ongoing exclusively with the Province.  No further detail was provided.  However, we are very pleased to hear that the Province fully understands our desire to ensure that any potential development should become an economic/employment driver for the Town.  

    “I believe this to be a positive step forward none the less,” said Mayor Kelly. “We’ve reaffirmed our position, helped to keep the Maple Leaf School proposal on the radar and strengthened our relationship with the Province and will continue to do so in an effort to bring a mutually beneficial outcome. I’m confident that dialogue between the Province and our economic development team will continue to move forward,” said Mayor Kelly.”Paul.kelly2@gravenhurst.ca

    Should we wish to launch a letter writing/email campaign with the other twenty-seven Lake Associations who have already offered their help, I will let you know.

    An exciting development at the Wharf has been the possibility of restoring a third ship to our waterfront. “She’s the largest private steam yacht in Canada and one of the finest examples anywhere of the private steam yacht era. She’s also a marvellous piece of machinery,” John Miller of Muskoka Steamships went before Council with a plan to raise funds to restore the Wanda 3 and build a new state of the art boathouse to house her which would attach to the Discovery Centre. I believe an Eco Walking trail is also in the mix. Good luck John!

    Keeping at the Wharf, Boston Pizza is once again up and running. As always, they continue to make huge charitable contributions towards our Community. They are providing the food free of charge for the next two big Community events both taking place on February 23rd. The Chamber of Commerce After Hours Meet and Greet and the Coldest night of the Year walk through town in support of GAP. (Gravenhurst Against Poverty). Go tohttps://cnoy.org/location/gravenhurst if you want to take a look. Full Disclosure, I was appointed to this Committee by Council and all I can say is that it has opened up my eyes to the “other” side of Gravenhurst.

    Another interesting addition is the installation of the first “Mobipad” at the Gull Lake Swimming area with more to come. I can see the look on your faces. What is a Mobipad? It is a wheelchair/walker friendly pad that allows these apparatuses to enter right down into the water. I’ve never seen one in use but they seem to be quite popular and helpful.

    On a more political note, Council did vote to “opt in” to having retail Cannabis Stores in Gravenhurst. There really wasn’t much of a choice for a Town our size. The April 1stdeadline of acquiring a retail location only applied to Cities with a population greater than 50,000 which we do not have. If the Town opted out, they would not qualify for the tax rebates from the Province yet would still have to deal with enforcement.

    Onto some more Regional news from our Friends of Muskoka:

    Major Changes in Village of Minett Plans

    We are very pleased to let you know that Mitchell Goldhar, a long-time resident on Lake Rosseau and an active participant in our organization, has recently entered into a contract to purchase the Clevelands House Resort and associated properties from its previous purchaser and will soon close on the property. This change in events has given us some reason for optimism that Cleves will be developed in a less impactful way than is permitted under the Official Plan or as earlier depicted in other schemes we have seen from previous proposals. We will keep you posted as this project proceeds.

    Another tidbit from our partners at the MLA:

    Upgrades to Muskoka Beach Water Treatment Plant -District council has approved a budget amendment to allow needed upgrades to the 1983 Muskoka Beach Water Treatment Plant. The project was originally budgeted at $4 million in 2017, but additional recommended upgrades and higher U.S. tariffs have increased the project cost to $6.7 million dollars. The project includes rebuilding existing filter under-drains, reconstruction of the current building and installing new sedimentation tanks. Construction is slated to begin January 2019 with an estimated completion date of June 2020.

    In closing I should let you know that the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival runs from Feb 14th to Feb 18th this year. It’s always a good time if you can make it up for the long weekend. As Skokie says “You Otter join us!”http://skokie.wixsite.com/gravenhurst

    For an entire list of events this year, please go to:.http://experiencegravenhurst.com/experience/ 


    Cheers Everyone,

    Jo


  • February 02, 2019 9:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Very saddened by the recent passing of Ken Allen, a long time Muldrew Laker, dear friend and neighbour to so many of us.  Sending condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Allen’s during this sad time, from your Muldrew community.


    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=kenneth-ralph-allen&pid=191430833




  • January 13, 2019 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fellow cottagers John and Joanne Twist will be participating in a fund raiser called Coldest Night of the Year, a nation-wide event on February 23, 2019.  They are raising money locally for G.A.P. (Gravenhurst Against Poverty), a local organization established to help hungry, homeless, and hurting families in our community.

    This is a very important cause for John and Joanne.  Joanne is currently chairing the GAP committee, and her tenure on the Gravenhurst Women's Centre Board gave her further insights into the plight of the poor in our town.  There is a rich Muskoka, and there is a very poor Muskoka.
    The latter is often hidden from sight, but it is there.

    At 4 pm on the 23rd I will be walking in the cold for an hour or so, and need your assistance..
    The Twist's need 2 things:

    1. Walkers to accompany them and be part of the "Dewdroppers" team; and

    2. Donations.
    If you want to be part of the team, or know anyone else who might be
    interested, please let them know. Or go on the website (https://cnoy.org/home), go to
    their page, click on the "join" button, and sign up.

    If you want to contribute, you have several choices:
    a. mail in some money - mail a cheque, made out to Coldest Night of the Year (626 Dewdrop Lane, Gravenhurst, P1P1R2)

     b. go on the website  https://cnoy.org/home and follow the instructions.

    Thank you for reading my email, and, hopefully, getting involved.

    John
    Team Captain, "The Dewdroppers"


 

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