Former Coe Hill doctor’s criminal case ends abruptly

A criminal case against a former Coe Hill doctor ended with a plea of guilty to fraud in Belleville Court earlier this month.

Rob Kamermans originally faced eight charges, including fraud, money laundering and forging medical marijuana prescriptions, the Belleville Intelligencer reports.

He was sentenced to pay a $1 fine and $100,000 in restitution to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan,

All other charges against Kamermans and his wife Mary were withdrawn.

Woman injured in Bancroft; man charged with assault with a weapon

BANCROFT — Around 3 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2017 officers from the Bancroft  Ontario Provincial Police detachment responded to an assault call on Maxwell Settlement Road in Bancroft.opp logo

Officers located a female with an injury. She was taken to hospital.

A short time later a man from Lindsay, Ont., age 51, was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon. He was held in custody for a bail hearing later that day in Belleville court.

Source: Bancroft OPP

Great turnout at Coe Hill Fair 2017: here’s event winners

COE HILL — Coe Hill fair sign 2017Organizers of the Coe Hill Fair Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, 2017, report a great turnout.

Here’s winners of fair events from organizers:

  • Heavy Horse Draw – 1st is Russ Hollett of Little Britain
  • Light Horse Draw – 1st is Rob Uens of Roslin
  • 1st in 4 Cylinder class of Demolition Derby was Mark Neuman of Brockville
  • 1st in the 6 cylinder class of Demolition Derby was Tyler Jackson of Coe Hill
  • Best Decorated Car for Demolition Derby was Chrissy Thompson of Coe Hill.


Steenburg Lake North Road work set to finish in November 2017

Steenburg Lake North Road reconstruction started in August 2017 and is expected to finish in early November 2017, says a letter received by Wollaston Township council.

Road construction sign

Road construction sign.

Danford Construction of Madoc was hired by Limerick Township to do the work between Highway 62 and Old Hastings Road.  The $1.6 million project includes clearing, grubbing, culvert installation, road base rehabilitation and paving.

The project is mostly funded by an Ontario government infrastructure grant.

The road is expected to remain open for traffic, except for closures for culvert installation. Signs will be posted for a week in advance of any closures.

Rural Ontario Leaders Awards: nominations open until Oct. 11, 2017

Who would you nominate in Coe Hill or northern Hastings County for an Ontario Rural Leaders Award?

Nominations are open now, and will be accepted until October 11, 2017.

One of the new Coe Hill signs installed in 2008

“Rural communities are an essential part of our cultural and economic fabric and our government is committed to ensuring they remain vibrant places where our children can learn, grow, work and play,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge.

The awards will highlight  achievements of people who are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life and economic development of rural Ontario.

The Rural Ontario Leaders Awards will recognize and celebrate rural residents, communities, regions, and businesses, who demonstrate leadership in building a stronger rural Ontario.

The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following areas;

  • Individual Award (25 years of age and older)
  • Individual – Youth (24 years of age and younger)
  • Community (Municipality or Indigenous community)
  • Business
  • Not-for-profit/non-government organization

Every two years, this program will recognize outstanding leadership in the area of rural economic development, that support on or more of the following outcomes:

  • Training and Skills Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Local Employment
  • Strong Social infrastructure
  • Civic Engagement

Rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations are eligible to apply for an award, and can self-nominate through the application process. An application can also be submitted on behalf of an individual or group.

Submit your application on or before October 11, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, to be eligible.

If you have any questions on the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards program, contact the Agricultural information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or at, or visit our website at:

Videos: Coe Hill Fair demolition derby ready to roll again

demo derby cars

Coe Hill Fair demolition derby in 2013. Photo via JoAnn Wilson.

Not everyone goes to the Coe Hill Fair for the horse show or the midway. Or the home craft competitions.  Or the food.

For the people filling the grandstands, it’s obvious the demolition derby is what they came for.

Friday, August. 25, 2017, the Coe Hill Fair demo derby stats at 7:30 p.m. It’s hosted by Xtreme Productions.

To get warmed up, here are some videos of the demolition derby from past years.  Enjoy!