David Pattenaude, Petrolia Topic

David Pattenaude joined The Petrolia Topic in 1992 and has worked as an editor, reporter, photographer and regional paginator. His journalism career began in 1974. David was born in Windsor.


Responsible for paying assessed costs

Residents of Tile Yard Road and First Avenue will have to pay their assessed costs for Tile Yard Road drainage improvement work.

Swimming pool being well used

Petrolian Doris Kretschmann told Petrolia council the public pool at the Oil Heritage District Community Centre is not being marketed enough.

Bylaw enforcement contract terminated

A 12-year relationship with a Sarnia-based private contractor which provided bylaw enforcement service for the Town of Petrolia has been terminated.

Greer Macdonell, children's services co-ordinator with the Lambton County Library, helps Sabrynah Guitar, 4, repurpose a toy at a Toy Hacking program at Sarnia's Mallroad Library, on July 10. Looking on is program participant Devin Branton, 8. DAVID PATTENAUDE / THE PETROLIA TOPIC

Hacked toys repurposed & given new life

Toy fans of a nervous disposition may want to look away now. But subversive, scissors-wielding sisters intent on showing Barbie who is boss: Read on.

The satellite Van Tuyl and Fairbank hardware store, left, is also part of the exhibit. PHOTO SUBMITTED

New train exhibit at Oil Museum

A new model train exhibit created by Petrolia's Tom Walter will be on display at The Oil Museum of Canada in Oil Springs for its Black Gold Festival.

Lambton County OPP Const. Chrystal Jones

Online reporting to OPP now available

Members of the public can now report occurrences to police with the convenience of a computer, using the OPP's new Citizen Self-Reporting System.

Jamie Sproule, left, of Sarnia, makes contacts while Bob Sacerty of Sarnia logs contacts at the Lambton County Radio Club's Field Day event at Krall Park, on June 28. KEITH BAKER PHOTO

Radio hams contact ISS astronaut

The Lambton County Radio Club (LCRC) held its annual Field Day at Enniskillen Township's Krall Park, on June 28 and 29 and made 300 contacts.

A group of people supported by Lambton County Developmental Services is given a ride on the Smilin' Wagon, at the Brigden fairgrounds on June 14. Driving the wagon is Wayne McCormick of Beaver Meadow Stables. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Smilin' Wagon provides rides, joy

The Smilin' Wagon had riders smiling, laughing and screaming in joy at the Brigden fairgrounds, on June 14.

Drainage project sparks concerns

Concerns about assessed costs to improve Tile Yard Road drainage prompted Petrolia council to ask for a staff report.

Lambton Elderly Outreach (LEO) presented certificates of appreciation to members of LCCVI's S.O.S. Club on June 12. At the event are LEO executive director Agnes Soulard, left, S.O.S. Club president Courtney Sinclair, staff adviser Shannon Inglis, who also received a certificate; S.O.S. Club vice-president Jessica Callaghan and LEO community support co-ordinator Lorraine Barr. DAVID PATTENAUDE / THE PETROLIA TOPIC

LEO shows appreciation to S.O.S. Club

The Students Outreach to Seniors (S.O.S.) Club at Petrolia's LCCVI has been helping Lambton Elderly Outreach (LEO) clients in Petrolia for 20 years.

Town OKs garbage contract extension

The Town of Petrolia is extending its garbage collection contract with Waste Management of Canada for another five years.

Jackie Spearman watches just east of Bridgeview Park as an eastbound truck travels Petrolia Line in this file photo from 2009. PETROLIA TOPIC FILE PHOTO

Big cut in volume of trucks questioned

According to some members of town council, there's been a big reduction in the number of heavy trucks going through Petrolia.