Think about it: boost your brain with creative summer activities, like museums, theatre, puzzles and play

Wollaston Heritage Centre Coe Hill

The Wollaston Heritage Centre museum in Coe Hill is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through summer 2017.

School may be out, but summer is still a great time for learning and boosting your brain fitness.

Building brain health is important for people of all ages. According to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, keeping an active mind can help reduce the risk of dementia.

Here are ideas to help people of all ages keep their brains engaged this summer:

  • Get creative — Whether it’s painting, pottery or carpentry, making something helps to  build cognitive and motor skills by interpreting instructions, making decisions and mastering tools
  • Hold a music night — Learning to play a musical instrument helps people of all ages build memory and spatial awareness
  • Include theatre, museums and galleries in your summer plans to engage the creative side of your brain
  • Relax with puzzles, brain-teasers, chess, card games or a good book to de-stress while keeping your brain active
  • Get outside and play — Physical activity is important at every age, but for older adults in particular, it can reduce risks associated with dementia. Plus, exercise will help you sleep well, which also contributes to brain health.


  • The Ontario Brain Institute is a provincially funded, not-for-profit research centre seeking to maximize the impact of neuroscience and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization and care. The institute builds partnerships among researchers, clinicians, industry, patients and their advocates to foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that improve the lives of people living with brain disorders.
  • According to the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI), dementia is the most common brain-related cause of decline among seniors.
  • ONDRI is a research program being carried out in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute. It involves more than 50 Ontario researchers and clinicians, 13 clinical sites, and 600 participants.
  • Since 2003, Ontario committed more than $2.37 billion to life science research projects, to foster new discoveries, improve lives and support new treatments, companies and jobs.


Bancroft OPP took 106 calls for service Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, 2017; 14 criminal charges laid

By Bancroft OPP

During the week of the 07 of August 2017 through to the 13 of August 2017, officers with the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to one hundred and six (106) calls for service.

opp logoThese investigations included an animal complaint, five (5) assaults, two (2) attempt or threat of suicide, break and enter, bail violations, two (2) disturb the peace, two (2) domestic disputes, three (3) drug offences, three (3) family disputes, fraud, two (2) liquor license act, three (3) marine, two (2) mental health act, mischief, two (2) missing persons, missing person located, four (4) neighbour disputes, two (2) noise complaints, seven (7) 911 calls – non emergency, thirteen (13) police assistance, two (2) prevent breach of peace, suspicious person, three (3) thefts, two (2) threats, twelve (12) traffic complaints, three (3) traffic enforcements, trespass by night, trespass to property act, unwanted person, warrants, weapons and other police related calls for service.

Fourteen (14) criminal charges were laid as a result of the drug offence, bail violation, disturb the peace, and two (2) domestic assaults investigations.

Officers also conducted seven (7) R.I.D.E. programs throughout the detachment area to check on driver’s sobriety and responded to eleven (11) motor vehicle collisions (MVC) where four (4) were involved in striking deer.

During that same period, officers laid twenty six (26) Provincial Offence Notices. Ten (10) related to speeding, three (3) Operate non-human powered pleasure craft without PFD or life jacket on board, five (5) having liquor in open container in other than licenced premises, residence, or private place; follow to closely, driver – fail to properly wear seat belt, fail to provide required document – driver, person under 19 years having liquor, two (2) being intoxicated in a public place, pass – roadway not clear (overtaking traffic), and disobey stop sign – fail to stop.

Coe Hill Fair Aug. 25 & 26, 2017: here’s what you need to know

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Ferris Wheel at the Coe Hill Fair .

The 135th Coe Hill Fair is ready to go, Aug. 25 and 26, 2017.

Volunteers are busy preparing for the event, at the fairgrounds at 5681 Wollaston Township Road 620.

The fair was founded in 1882 at Salem, two miles north of Coe Hill. The next year it moved to Coe Hill around the township hall. It moved the the current fairground in the early 1900s.

General admission is $6 both days for adults.  For ages three to 12 years, admission is $3.

Ride bracelets cost $37.50 or $27.50 in advance.

Parking costs $2.

Pay $6 to become a fair member and receive a guide book for your entries.

Contact information:

613-473-4724 (day)   613-473-5596 (evening)

 Here’s what’s planned for 2017

Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

8 a.m. — Agricultural Hall opens to accept exhibits (exhibitor access only)

Noon — Judging starts.

3 p.m. — Gates open and midway opens.

4 p.m. – Eastern Ontario Pony Pulls

7 p.m. — Opening ceremonies

7:30 p.m. — Demolition Derby begins, by Xtreme Productions

7:30 p.m. — Agricultural Hall opens to public; doors close at 10 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 26, 2017

7 a.m. — gates open

All day — antique tractor show.

9 a.m. — Horse judging starts (Halter programs consist of light, ponies, hackney and draft)

10 a.m. — Midway opens.

10:30 a.m. — music by The Road Jammers.

Noon — Talent show, followed by nail driving conest.

Noon — Western Games: Pole bending, flag racing, rescue race, barrel rade. (Membership required to enter).

Noon — Strut your mutt or pup show.

2 p.m. — Children’s games.

3 p.m. — Music by 62 North Band.

6 p.m. — Agricultural hall closes to public.  Exhibits removed.

6 p.m. — Light and Heavy Horse Draw.

Midway and concessions stay open as long as there is demand. 









Female airlifted to hospital after ATV crash in Faraday Township

By Bancroft OPP

On Tuesday August 8, 2017 officers of the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision (MVC), involving an all-terrain vehicle, in the Township of Faraday just off of Bay Lake Rd. opp logo

Along with Emergency Medical Services and the Faraday Fire Department, Officers attended a property and located a sixteen year old female who was involved in the MVC.

With assistance of all, the female was removed from the wooded area to a nearby field where she was picked up by Ornge Air and flown to Hospital due to her non-life threatening injuries.

Deadly summer heat: Leaving dogs and cats in vehicles can kill them, OPP says

By Bancroft OPP

Over the summer months Ontario Provincial Police officers attend
numerous calls about pets left in unattended vehicles.opp logo
If it’s hot, your pet may be in trouble! During warm or hot weather pet guardians must
take precautions against the danger of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for their pets.
The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can
rapidly reach a level that can seriously harm or even kill your pet. Leaving your pet in a
car with the air conditioning on is also taking a risk as many pets have died as the result
of a faulty air-conditioning system.
Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws.
On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high
temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Your pet will be more
comfortable if left at home.

Symptoms of heatstroke:
• Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting);
• rapid or erratic pulse;
• salivation;
• anxious or staring expression;
• weakness and muscle tremors;
• lack of coordination;
• tongue and lips red (which may eventually turn bluish in colour);
• convulsions or vomiting;
• collapse, coma and death.

Four steps: Prepare and store food safely for summer picnics and barbecues

BBQ hot dog

A barbecue hot dog with ketchup and mustard.

As you enjoy picnics and barbecues in your back yard, on camping trips or at the cottage with friends and family this long weekend, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, are reminding you to take steps to stay safe from foodborne illnesses.

“Picnics and barbecues are fun ways to spend time with family and friends outside during the summer time. The four basic rules of food safety are clean, separate, cook and chill. These four safeguards will allow you to enjoy cooking and prevent food poisoning from spoiling your summer,” Hoskins said.

Food poisoning cases increase during the summertime. Following these four basic rules of food safety can help you enjoy your summer meals:

  • Clean your hands, surfaces and equipment thoroughly with warm soapy water. Bacteria can get onto hands, cutting boards, knives, dishcloths, countertops and the food itself.
  • Separate raw meat, poultry and fish from ready-to-eat foods, such as vegetables and fruits, during both storage and preparation to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Cook your food thoroughly, especially meat and poultry.
  • Chill your foods and leftovers to four degrees Celsius or lower within two hours of purchase or preparation, especially for high-risk foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.

To further reduce the risk of food poisoning, here are more food safety tips when you’re entertaining this summer:

  • Use a food thermometer to check if food has been cooked to the correct temperature.
  • Don’t keep food at room temperature for more than two hours on summer days.
  • Never defrost food on the kitchen counter before cooking. Thaw meat safely in the fridge or under cold running water to avoid the growth of bacteria on surfaces in your home that can make you and your family sick.
  • Package raw meats and poultry securely and place them at the bottom of your cooler or fridge to prevent juices from dripping onto ready-to-eat foods.
  • Follow all cooking instructions carefully.

If you, or anyone you know, experience signs or symptoms of food poisoning, please contact your doctor. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps and stomach pain.

Following food safety rules and tips will help to ensure you, your family and your friends can enjoy your summer cooking.


“Cases of food poisoning increase over the summertime which makes it important to be aware of the steps we can take to prevent them. Young children, older adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of serious cases of food poisoning, so remember to plan, prepare and thoroughly cook your food to ensure a safe and healthy summer for all your family and friends,” Williams said.

  • According to Public Health Ontario, it is estimated that over 100,000 cases of foodborne illness occur in Ontario each year.
  • The risk of food poisoning increases during the summer because harmful bacteria grow quickly in warm, moist conditions.
  • Food poisoning can vary from minor to severe, with symptoms appearing from hours to weeks after eating contaminated food.
  • Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk of suffering from serious cases of food poisoning, which can cause paralysis, double vision, difficulty swallowing and breathing, and even death.
  • Health Canada has also warned people to be careful when using BBQ brushes with wire bristles, as there is a risk of the bristles becoming loose and getting into food. Make sure to inspect your brushes before use and throw them away if you notice bristles falling off.