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.


Two vote against motion to use building owned by former CAO

Petrolia council has agreed to continue using a Robert Street building that has been the subject of controversy for several months. It’s where the town’s youth and seniors drop-in centre is located. In lieu of rent, the town is paying the cost of utilities, which amounts to about $200 per month.

Renovations at CEE could begin in next two years

A Master Plan that has been in the works throughout the year is scheduled to be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Erie St. Clair LHIN Board this January, says Laurie Zimmer, VP of Operations for Bluewater Health.

Diane O’Dell, Maria Muscedere of St. Joseph’s Hospice and Co-Artistic Director David Hogan with a cheque donated to St. Joseph’s Hospice last week. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Grateful Hearts Benefit concert raises money for hospice

The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia donated just over $11,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospice last week. The funds were raised from a benefit concert held in October in memory of Ruth Brown, a well-known Petrolia resident who passed away earlier this year.

LCCVI students sport their school colours at last year’s homecoming event. This year will see a parade make its way through Petrolia’s main streets. (File photo)

LCCVI upholding homecoming tradition

There may not be a football team at LCCVI this year, but that hasn’t stopped students from keeping their homecoming tradition alive.

Petrolia is once again the first municipality in Lambton County to approve their 2018 budget. (File photo)

Petrolia first to approve its 2018 budget in Lambton County

Petrolia is the first municipality in Lambton County to approve its 2018 budget, and for the second year in a row. Council on Monday approved its capital and operating budgets – a one per cent increase and a water rate increase of two per cent. The sewer rate will fall by 10 per cent.

Yvette Gilfoyle purchased this historic home over the summer and is bringing back the bed and breakfast legacy started by the Tully’s. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Gilfoyle wants to share beauty of beloved Petrolia house

Yvette Gilfoyle has a love for old homes. The Petrolia native grew up in a historic home she said was always well maintained by her parents; this was where she garnered an appreciation for Victorian-era homes.

Brian Belleth will be among a bevy of singers performing Nov. 28 at the Starbright Christmas presentation at Victoria Playhouse. Handout/Postmedia Network

VPP prepares to launch Christmas season

The Victoria Playhouse is bringing back their annual holiday tradition on Nov. 28 – Starbright Christmas returns for its fifth year with special guests Lambton Youth Choir, Sacred Heart choir and St. Philip Choir.

Rebound reaching out to youth in county

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound are offering a free event this month that is looking to reach out to youth in the county and offer lines of support.

Brigitte Hynes-Taylor is working to promote local businesses with the LIFE Balance box – it’s filled with local goodies you can order for the holidays. (Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network)

Petrolia entrepreneur encourages local shopping this season

Local shop owner Brigitte Hynes-Taylor wants to see more local businesses flourish during the holiday season. The Circle Studio owner wanted to find a way to get local handmade products into the hands of Lambton County Citizens – that’s when she put together LIFE Balance Boxes.