Thursday, February 27, 2014

Congratulations to Steve Wood

At the February 18th, 2014 Council meeting, a special award was presented to a special guy.

Public Works member Steve Wood received a Certificate of Appreciation from Council for 25 years of service.

Reeve Brad Ham (left) presenting certificate to Steve Wood.
photo courtesy of Alicia McCutcheon

Reeve Brad Ham spoke about Steve, 'He is to be commended for his dedicated and long time commitment to our Township.'

Deputy Reeve Paul Moffatt commented, 'Congratulations to Steve on the successful completion of 25 years of service to the municipality.  Steve has been a pleasure to work with.'

Councillor Les Fields states that 'Steve has been an absolute joy to work with through the years,  he has always been accommodating and gone above and beyond for community events.  He has always acted in a professional manner with public and staff.'

Way to go Steve!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Look What's Coming!

March 12th
7 – 8:30 pm Assiginack Arena
Come out and learn a fun new craft! 

Learn to Crochet - $4
Bead Weave a Bracelet - $10 
Learn to Sew – sewing machine
Cookie Decorating - $2
Build a Bird House from wood - $5
Build a Bird House from PVC pipe -$5
Create  a Sock Creature - $5


Please note that pre-registration/payment must be done in advance at the municipal office in Manitowaning and each class has a limit.   Each child must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. First come, first served basis. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Author Coming to Library February 20th

Just a reminder that Terry Lynn Johnson is coming to Assiginack Public Library this Thursday February 20th at 7 pm.   You can read more about this event here.

Ice Dogs

She will be talking about her new book 'Ice Dogs' and sharing her writing process, her past and some humourous stories.  Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and a great night out!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Family Day at the Manitowaning Marina
Monday February 17th

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Pancake Breakfast at Knox United Church
Adults $6 age 6 and up $2.50 5 and under free

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Family Fishing Derby
No entry fee. $50 for the biggest fish

11:00 am SHARP!!!
Sponge Puck Hockey Tournament
Family and/or Kid teams

1:00 pm
Horse and Wagon Rides
Corner of Queen and Arthur Parking Lot

1:00 pm
Jug Curling
Everyone welcome

Other activities include;
Skating, sleigh riding, two person plank races, bonfire, hot dogs, chili and hot chocolate.

Snow Sculpture Contest
In your own yard. Start now. Judging on February 24th
Call Val Phillips at 705-859-3753 to enter your creation.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sliding in Assiginack

 Do you love to take your kids sliding, or yourself for that matter, but don't want to drive any distance?   What about a fantastic hill right here in town?

Drive up to the Information Booth on Hwy 6, park your car and launch right from the edge down the hill to the fair grounds.   Our terrific Public Works crew took their own time and equipment and made the community a fantastic sliding hill!   Thanks guys!

See you on the hill!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Local Deer Save Initiative Needs You!

A Deer Save initiative is being put into action to help our struggling deer population, negatively impacted by this year’s severe winter conditions.  The program is being co-led by volunteer community partners including the Manitoulin Area Stewardship Council (MASC), OFAH, Manitoulin & North Shore Fish and Game Clubs and other interested community members, with assistance from the staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Espanola Area office.  We are seeking volunteers to assist and support us with the emergency Deer Save work now being implemented.  In particular, we need the involvement of landowners whose lands are located in key deer wintering yard areas.  Approximately 80% of these land owners are off-island residents and their approval is required before we can enter these properties to help the deer.

For the past decade, winters have been relatively mild and there has been no cause to be concerned about our deer population.  However, this winter is different - the prolonged periods of extreme cold with heavy snow accumulation are affecting the deer population’s survival,  future health and reproduction rates.  While most deer have migrated many kilometers to the winter yards they use in severe winter conditions, the yards are no longer offering sufficient relief from the harsh weather.

Sue Meert, a seasonal employee of Manitoulin Streams, has been appointed by MASC as the Deer Save coordinator.  She will organize and direct volunteers and cooperative partner groups in this effort.   Please contact Sue at or (705) 859-1187 to find out how you can help.  

Here is an excellent video from our local MNR about Deer Save.  There is also a facebook page called 'Deer Save Manitoulin' where up to the date news and information can be found.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Reading Contest

Assiginack Public Library is having a fun Reading Contest!

child and books

It begins on Saturday February 8th and runs till May 24th.

Divisions are:
Grades 4-6 (boys and girls)
Grades 7-11 (boys and girls)

The books include a wide variety and guaranteed something for everyone.

Due to popularity and only a set number of books, it is only open to Assiginack residents.   For more information call the library at 705 859-2110.
a wide variety of books 01 hd picture
There are prizes and a party at the end of the contest!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Manitoulin's H.E.A.R.T.

Have you heard of this name?   Maybe not, it represents a group of amazing people in the medical field that took an extraordinary trip and gave their knowledge and skills to those less fortunate.

Manitoulin H.E.A.R.T. stands for Manitoulin's Health Education And Relief Team.  This team represents medical professionals from around the island including our very own Dr. Mike Bedard.  The remaining members include Nick Jeeves, Tara Rollins, Deb and Glen Hallett, Bill Cranston, Huguette Legendre, Michelle Noble, Monic Rochon-Shaw, and Laura and Larry Watson.

Dr. Bedard in action.  
(courtesy of

To read all about their adventures, go here.

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