Melissa Schilz, Postmedia Network

Melissa Schilz is a graduate of the Journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa and has been with Postmedia since 2016.


Ruth Leitch is releasing her first photography book, ‘Outside my Window’, as a tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Alvinston photographer captures beauty of Canadian countryside

Ruth Leitch developed a fascination with photography at a young age. With an aunt who would take pictures and bring back the developed shots on the following visit, Leitch was completely smitten with the ability to capture moments.

Jen Langstaff (left) and Michelle Harris opened Discovery Travel Petrolia on April 3. They will be marking their business’s formal opening on May 1. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Discovery Travel continues tradition of encouraging exploration

Discovery Travel Petrolia may have just opened their doors on the town’s main street earlier this month, but Travel Consultant Jen Langstaff and Associate Agent Michelle Harris want clients to know they are simply continuing a tradition of travel.

Lambton County native Glenn Sheridan is the executive chef at a Bayfield restaurant that has won a coveted four-diamond status from CAA/AAA Travel. Handout/Petrolia Topic

Alvinston native leads four-diamond restaurant

Glenn Sheridan is entering his third season as executive chef at Bayfield’s The Red Pump Inn, but this year is a special one for him and restaurant owner Harry Israel.

Petrolia is known for heritage homes like Bob Gulvin’s on Greenfield Street, but some worry high insurance rates could deter future ownership and maintenance of those homes. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Heritage homeowners calling out insurance companies

Bob Gulvin and Susan McEwen have been learning the ins and outs of home insurance. The Petrolia residents each own homes that are well over 100 years old, and while they knew upkeep was a huge factor, they never imagined the stress that would come when it came to insuring their properties.

Catherine Bekkers feels the cold rush at last year’s very first Daffodil Dip, which raised $4,500. File photo

Cancer Society gears up for Daffodil Dip

The Canadian Cancer Society is holding their Second Annual Daffodil Dip this month at the Sarnia Riding Club, where participants will be taking the plunge, running into the chilly waters of Lake Huron.

Last year’s oil slick mud run saw over 60 people compete in muddy terrain. This year’s edition will be held June 3 at the Oil Heritage District Community Centre. File photo.

Fourth annual mud run coming in June

If you’re not afraid to get a little dirty, the Oil Heritage District Community Centre is looking for participants to take part in this year’s Fourth Annual Oil Slick Mud run on June 3.

Petrolia set to celebrate Canadian National Film Day

Petrolia will be taking part in a national celebration of Canadian arts this month. April 19 marks Canadian National Film Day, where hundreds of venues across the country will be screening Canadian-made films free of charge.

Information on how to become a donor will be available at local hospitals this month. File photo.

Be a Donor month aims to promote donor registration

April marks BeADonor month, a campaign that works to raise awareness on organ and tissue donation registration, and Bluewater Health is taking part to work towards growing those registration rates in Sarnia-Lambton area.

Grades 6/7 teacher Gregory Vandenberg has been collecting used golf clubs to teach students more about the sport. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Getting the swing of things

Students at St. Philip Catholic School in Petrolia are being given the opportunity to hit the green this year.

Temporary signage has taken the place of a crosswalk pole that was struck by an impaired driver Tuesday morning. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Impaired driver arrested

Lambton OPP responded to an early morning single vehicle collision on Tuesday April 11 which resulted in an arrest.

Dozens of people gathered Sunday afternoon to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Petrolia remembers 100 years later

Sunday marked 100 years since the start of The Battle of Vimy Ridge – a battle that brought Canada together not only in grief but also in national pride.

Petrolia's compost site on Maude Street closed just two days after opening. Director of Operations Mike Thompson said the closure came after an inspection by the Ministry of Environment. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Petrolia compost site closed

Petrolia’s compost site on Maude Street opened the first day of April for business, but was closed by the time Monday rolled around.