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.


Marie and Joan prepare an arugula and goat cheese pizza during a cooking class at the Lambton Central Family Health Team. Melissa Schilz/The Topic

Cooking classes promote healthy eating

Cooking classes being held at the Lambton Central Family Health Team are looking to coax some creativity in kitchens, and expand residents’ dinner menus at home.

Pride Day returns to Petrolia this Friday

The Petrolia Library is hosting their third annual Pride Day Oct. 20, celebrating and bringing together the LBGTQ community in a safe and welcome space.

The Town of Petrolia are celebrating local government week by inviting students to a council meeting. (File photo)

Local government week bringing kids into council chambers

The Town of Petrolia have invited two grade five classes to attend a council meeting on Oct. 23. Deputy Clerk Mandi Pearson said as part of local government week, which is held every October in Ontario, students will experience a real meeting, and it will be business as usual.

Tracey George (left), Coun. Liz Welsh, Richard Poore, Dr. Christy R. Bressette, Elder Pauline Williams, Beverly Bressette and Gary Allen worked together to bring the KAIROS blanket exercise to Petrolia. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Blanket exercise aims to be a tool in reconciliation

Dr. Christy Bressette of Kettle and Stony Point was in Petrolia last week to share 500 years of Indigenous history in about an hour, and the moving workshop left participants feeling both overwhelmed and motivated to foster change in their communities.

Juried art show debuts Oct. 14

The Victoria Hall Art Advisory Committee are looking for artists to enter their fifth annual juried art show.

Cousins Tucker Witroway, 1, and Keeva Ricard, 5, show off their fair swag at the Watford and Alvinston Fall Fair on Saturday. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Alvinston fair grows in 141st year

The Watford and Alvinston Fall Fair set records over the weekend, and the president of Brooke-Alvinston Agricultural Society, Pam Hills, said they a seeing the small town fair flourish in a time when others a struggling.

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Alvinston and Watford Fair marking 141 years

The Alvinston and Watford Fall Fair is returning to celebrate 141 years during the last weekend of September – and while some fairs might be scaling back, Alvinston and Watford are looking to grow even more.

OCIF money would be used to upgrade Petrolia water system

Petrolia is teaming up with three other municipalities to secure more than $7 million to upgrade a water treatment system that could serve, among other customers, a proposed greenhouse development in Dawn-Euphemia Township and marijuana production facility in Enniskillen Township.

Katherine Highgate, a former student of LCCVI in Petrolia, will be competing in the Miss Universe Canada Pageant in October. (Submitted photo)

Former LCCVI student competing for Miss Universe Canada

Katherine Highgate is preparing to walk the stage with 67 other delegates in Toronto, competing for the title of Miss Universe Canada in October. It will be the second time the 27-year-old has competed for the title; Highgate was a contender in 2013, and she said while it looks like a lot fun, it also takes hard work and dedication.

Blood donor clinic Sept. 25

The Town of Petrolia has announced a new partnership with Canadian Blood Services, which will help to ensure lifesaving blood products are available to those hospital patients who may be in need.

The Petrolia Squires are returning to the ice this season with several new players and a returning former head coach. (File photo)

Petrolia Squires welcome new head coach

The Petrolia squires are preparing for a new season, welcoming some fresh faces to the bench as well as a new head coach – Craig Prudom.