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.


Lambton Attack looking to get new girls on ice

The Lambton Attack Girls Hockey Association is giving girls in grades 1 to 5 the chance to try out hockey at no cost in their new program called ‘Try it Skates’ between March 26 and 28.

The Town of Petrolia have announced that construction is set to commence this year on Florence, Kerby and Egan. The $2.6 million project will see a complete overhaul of the connecting roads. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Works announced for Florence, Kerby and Egan

The Town of Petrolia announced last week that council has agreed to move forward with a $2.6 million water, sewer and road reconstruction on three connecting streets north of Petrolia Line.

This weekend’s maple syrup festival at the A.W. Campbell Conservation Area will mark the 45th anniversary of the annual spring rite. Handout/Petrolia Topic

Things are about to get sappy

This year’s annual Maple Syrup Festival at the A.W. Campbell Conservation Area – to be held March 18 and 19 – will mark 45 years of sugary sweetness, celebrating what Canada is best known for.

Petrolia council on Monday moved to seek an historical designation for the Fairbank house in Petrolia, a mansion built by oil baron John Henry Fairbank approximately 130 years ago. The designation is being sought while the property's owner is pursuing plans to have a multi-unit apartment structure built on the same property, (File photo)

Council not buying but chooses path to restoration

The man whose family has owned Petrolia’s iconic Fairbank mansion for the last 50 years would consider selling the property to the town for several million dollars, but Petrolia’s mayor says he would never consider making the purchase, even at a discounted price.

Squires prepare to take on Clinton

The Petrolia Squires defeated the Mapleton Minto’s 9-1 Saturday night, taking the series and moving forward to the WOAA Senior AA finals this weekend.

Jacob Mitchell and Emma McLaughlin competed at OFSAA wrestling this month; McLaughlin walked away with bronze while Mitchell finished in the top ten. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

LCCVI student find success at OFSAA

LCCVI’s Jacob Mitchell and Emma McLaughlin competed at OFSAA wrestling this month. The grade 11 students both agreed it was a surreal moment, with smoke tunnels and flashing lights, giving them the real wrestling experience.

LCCVI students performed during a Sarnia Sting game last month. Teacher Jessica McKay said these local events help showcase young talent in the community. Submitted photo.

Jazz Festival will feature LCCVI students

Over 100 young jazz musicians from different schools with be performing at the Lambton Kent District School Board Jazz Festival this week, including students from Petrolia’s LCCVI.

Lambton OPP were called the scene of a robbery Tuesday morning in Plympton-Wyoming. Melissa Schilz/The Topic

Lambton OPP investigate robbery

Lambton OPP are currently investigating a robbery that occurred at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Paul Marley Pharmacy in Plympton-Wyoming.