Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Festival Recap

What a fabulous time our first ever Pumpkin Festival turned out to be!  With games for kids, amazing craft vendors, and a delicious lunch by St. Paul's Anglican and Knox United churches.  

The most popular event for the kids was the horse and wagon rides provided by Bob Case. 

For adults, it was watching the four great catapults launch their pumpkins into the field. Del Sousa (Hugh Moggy's son in law) and Andy Roque were the champions of this event.

Everyone loved watching kids and adults alike stick their hands into this bowl of goo to pull out a seed for the Seed Spitting Contest!

Below are the winners of the baking and decorating contests. 

Baking Contest
Thanks to Susan Holmes, the judge for baking!

1st place: Danny James, Malachi Putman, Von Clayton and Joel Lovelace
2nd Place: Ella Stewart, Connor Phillips, Jasmine Hrynyk-Seabrook, Karlee Lentir and Peyton Pitawanakwat
3rd Place: Ryan Jones and Jason Quackenbush

Judge's Choice: Sarah and Elena Hovingh, Sophie Bondi and Maylen Moffatt

1st Place: Vivian Villeneuve
2nd Place: James Mann

Best Decorated Pumpkins:
Thanks to Councillor Brenda Reid, the judge for best decorated!

 7 and under
1st Place: Tieren Noble Stone
2nd Place: Grace Pennie
3rd Place: Alexis MacDonald

8 & 9 years 
1st Place: Amanda Jones
2nd Place: Jocelyn Kuntsi
3rd Place: Emily Roque

10 +
1st Place: Hailey Van Den Heuvel
2nd Place: Lane Phillips
3rd Place: Chloe Peltier

Judge's Choice: Jack Pennie

Thanks to all the great volunteers that came out and made it such a fun time and thanks to everyone who participated. We have wonderful community spirit!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Night To Celebrate Debbie Robinson

She moves quietly through the community touching the lives of everyone she meets by offering assistance, a smile, an encouraging word or song. Debbie Robinson is one of those rare and unique people that has a positive attitude in absolutely everything she does, and what she does is to try and make our community a better place. Assiginack is so lucky to have such an amazing person among us. On Monday night we were able to show Debbie just how much she was appreciated by a celebration at St. Paul’s Church followed by a potluck and social.

Deb receiving a picture of St. Paul's done by her 'favourite photographer' Peter Baumgarten. Presented by People's Warden of St. Paul's - Freda Bond.

Her 30 years of continued dedication to the municipality as the Librarian have been appreciated and counted on. No one knows the books in the library like Debbie does. Library Board member Heather Pennie has this to say about her ‘Debbie's love of books and dedication to her job as librarian is very evident to anyone who enters the Assiginack Library. Her face lights up when a patron asks for assistance or recommendations.’
Debbie receiving flowers from Les Fields

Past summer student Miranda Maguire was reached; “Debbie is great to work with. She is patient, upbeat and dedicated to her role with the library. She has a real passion for making the library a place where people of all ages are welcome to read and learn. Debbie always goes above and beyond to ensure the library is meeting the needs of Assiginack, and has helped make the library a pillar in the community.’

Debbie and her library career must have had an impact on Ms. Maguire, as she stated, ‘After working at the library I went on to complete the Library & Information Science program at Western University and have worked in libraries in Alberta and Ontario over the past several years.’
Alton Hobbs, the CAO for the municipality is quoted; “there is a law in physics that says an object can’t be in two places at once.  Deb Robinson makes me question that”.

We saw her talent at singing get rewarded earlier this spring as the announcement came that she was to be inducted into the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame this November. Many residents have heard her beautiful voice first hand as she has sung at so many celebrations of marriage and life.
Where you can always hear her sing is at St. Paul’s every Monday night for church service. Debbie has been attending church for decades and has an absolute devotion to St. Paul’s. It is here that we often see her baking, serving at lunches or dinners that St. Paul’s has so often as fundraisers to keep its doors open. Debbie has been serving as President of the Anglican Church Women’s group for years now, ensuring that St. Paul’s does what it can to help others.

Debbie has a moment for everyone and now it was our turn to take a moment out of our lives and say thank you.
Debbie and Dave Smith, who accompanies Deb on the organ.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Festival Is Almost Here!

The Municipality of Assiginack is gearing up to host its first ever Pumpkin Festival on October 26th from 11 am – 3 pm at the fairgrounds adjacent to the arena.

We have a whole pile of pumpkin activities planned so that there is something for everyone. Perhaps the most entertaining, and a first for the island is the Pumpkin Catapult contest in which people can build their own catapult and the one that throws the pumpkin the furthest wins $100 cash. Get your designs sketched and start building! Further instructions can be found on our website at

As well as the catapult competition we have other contests that everyone can compete in. There is a baking contest in which you bake a dessert with pumpkin in it. A best decorated/carved pumpkin contest is happening for kids as well as a recycling contest in which you build something fall related out of recycled material. Why not enter one of the contests or get your kids to enter?  Bring your item down before noon to be considered for prizes.

We are going to have games for kids in the tennis courts from 11:30 to 1 pm.  We will even have a seed spitting contest and may even get a few councillors to compete! The ever popular horse and wagon rides will be taking place between 11:30 and 2:30 pm.

To top the day off, we have a great line up of craft vendors that will be displaying their items for sale as well as lunch available in the canteen by the Knox United Church and St. Paul’s Anglican Church.
Come on out and enjoy the pumpkin festivities.

Pumpkin Festival

We are holding a Pumpkin Festival, complete with a crazy pumpkin chuckin' contest!

Photo: We found a catapult being built and snapped a pic before they noticed.. A $100 cash prize is up for grabs for the catapult that launches the pumpkin the furthest!

The event will take place on Sunday October 26, 2014 from 11 am - 3 pm.

11-3 pm Craft vendors
11:30-2:30 horse and wagon rides
11:30-1:00 pm games for kids
1 pm seed spitting contest with local celebrities
1:30 pm pumpkin catapult

Contests - entries to be in by noon
Baking contest          
Best decorated/carved for kids 
Recycling contest...   build something from recycled materials
Seed spitting contest  with  local celebrities

Pumpkin Catapult Contest - $100 cash prize
Get your creative juices flowing to build a catapult that will throw your pumpkin the furthest.  
1. You must supply your own pumpkins (3-5 needed). Pumpkins must weigh between 2-10 pounds.
2. Machine shall consist of springs, cords, rubber, dead weights, or other mechanical means of creating     stored energy.
3. A mechanical device may be used to cock the machine.
4. These machines need a back stop.
5. Youth in pits must be under adult supervision at all times.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Public Library Week

Next week is Public Library Week.
October 20-25th classes from Assiginack Public School will be heading down to chat with our friendly Librarian.

If you pop in next week, you can enter your name in a draw to win a great prize!

While you are in, why not ask Debbie about Overdrive. This is an amazing online system of e-books for free at your disposal!

This is the perfect way to check out books from home and download them onto your computer, without the cost of buying a book online!

Overdrive is a shared collection of e-books and audio books available to you. Our library has paid the membership fee to be a part of this program. Members of the library just need to come in and get a number from the Librarian and you are good to go!

This really is a wonderful way to read when you realize at 9 pm that you wish you had gone to the library for a book, or when you are at camp and there is no internet and you forgot to check out a book. Simply download your books before you head out and you have your reading material for the weekend!

Stop in today and speak to the Librarian about getting set up for Overdrive and never be without reading material again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pics From Harvest Glory Days

You only have to drive through Assiginack to see that this town has what it takes in spirit and community pride.
When the Expositor put out their 'Harvest Glory Days' challenge, Assiginack not only rose to the challenge, but surpassed all expectations of decorating their town.

Take a look at the pics below, we only captured some, but be sure to drive around as there are literally dozens more decorated!

These are from Walcot Street in Manitowaning.

Wellington Street

Napier Street

Arthur Street

Spragge Street

Clover Valley

Highway 6 

Take a drive and enjoy the fall in Assiginack!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Events

October is full of events in Assiginack.
First off is the Fall Harvest Glory Days competition put on by the Manitoulin Expositor. Decorate your house or business and our community will be judged the week of October 12th to see if we can hold our title from last year.

October 20th at 5:15 is a celebration in Debbie Robinson's honour for all the volunteering she does in the Manitoulin community. It takes place at St. Paul's church with a social and potluck to follow.

October 26th is our grand Pumpkin Festival! Click the link to get all the details and times. We have a pumpkin chuckin' contest to win $100, games for kids, horse and wagon rides, and contests including best decorated pumpkin, best recycled item and a baking contest.   Come on out from 11 am - 3 pm for a great time to our 1st ever Pumpkin Festival!

October 27th is Election Day. You should have received your Vote by Mail kit, if not contact the municipal office.

October 29th, St. Paul's Anglican Church is holding its annual Harvest Dinner.

October 29th- is a rummage sale at Knox United Church. 

Mark your calendars, you don't want to miss participating in all of these great events in Assiginack!