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.


The junior girls snagged the LKSSAA title on Feb. 18 before their defeat at SWOSSAA Wednesday night. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Junior girls volleyball fall to Sandwich

LCCVI’s junior girls volleyball team defeated the Wallaceburg Tartans on Feb. 18, taking the LKSSAA title. They won their first set 27 – 25, their second set 25 – 21 and their third 25 – 15, taking them on to SWOSSAA.

Brigitte Hynes-Taylor has been building her holistic health practice in Petrolia since 2015. She focuses on the healing power of food and wants her clients to have a healthy relationship with what they put on their plate. Melissa Schilz/Petrolia Topic

The healing power of food

It’s been about one year since Brigitte Hynes-Taylor purchased her storefront on Petrolia Line, and this April, Circle Studio will be celebrating its first anniversary since opening is doors.

Coun. Grant Purdy was one of 28 people to shave their head in support of Lucien Nadeau on Sunday Feb. 19. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Local councillor raises over $2000 towards childhood cancer research

If you’ve noticed more bald heads among emergency service workers in the county, they’ve likely taken part in Shave for the Brave. The fundraiser came together in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and those children in Lambton County fighting cancer, including local boy Lucien Nadeau.

Dr. John Butler was geared up for the Saturday morning plunge in some icy cold water. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Polar dip raises over $5000

A polar dip on Feb. 18 raised over $5000 to be used towards safeTALK training, a suicide prevention course that teaches individuals how to react when someone shows signs of depression.

From left: Doug Clark, Don Harding, Diane O’Dell, Carol Watt, Jane and Bill Cadman were presented with awards Thursday night at the Mayor’s annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner. Photo provided.

Mayor McCharles celebrates Petrolia volunteers

Thursday night was the Town of Petrolia’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner, where Mayor McCharles and town staff recognized those in the community who continuously offer a helping hand.

Charlie Fairbank stands at the bull wheel in one of their six rigs. These are the powerhouses that distribute power through the jerker line to the pump jacks at each well. Photo provided.

Oil Springs featured on Talk Local

Wednesday night’s Talk Local segment on Cogeco TV featured live interviews with Corporate Cultural Officer Andrew Meyer and Charlie Fairbank of Fairbank Oil.

The Sonny and Cher Show will be coming to the Victoria Playhouse on March 4. All proceeds from the show will be going back into the community. File photo.

Sonny and Cher show coming to Petrolia

It’s a show that’s traveled all over, from Los Angeles to Toronto, and now Petrolia Lion and Promoter M.B Wilson has managed to bring it to Lambton County.

Five-year-old Lucien Nadeau was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December. On Feb. 19, a group of emergency service workers from across Sarnia and Lambton County will be shaving their head in support of Nadeau. File photo.

Local EMS workers showing their #Luv4Lucien

On Feb. 19, dozens will gather at the Lambton Mall where paramedics, firefighters, police officers and customs officers will be shaving their heads in support of Lucien Nadeau.

Coun. Liz Welsh brought forward a motion Monday night to see the Fairbank property designated a historical site. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Council moves motion to designate Fairbank house

The property on which oil baron John Henry Fairbank built an extravagant mansion 130 years ago will be designated as historical, even as the property’s long-time owner moves ahead with a plan to build an apartment on the same land.

Snow sculpture contest scrapped

The Town of Petrolia has officially scrapped plans of the snow sculpture contest this year after unseasonably warm weather put a damper on things.

Local author and historian David D. Plain has written several books, including a poetry book and historical fiction based on the life of his great-great-great grandfather, Ojibwa Chief Kioscance, or Young Gull. He is offering a workshop at the Petrolia Library on Feb. 28. Photo provided.

Local author and historian coming to Petrolia Library

David D. Plain’s family history has deep roots in Lambton County and across the continent. The aboriginal author and historian, who was born in London, is a member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, and he has written several books, mostly works of historical non-fiction.

Petrolia's population has increased nearly four per cent since 2011. Melissa Schilz/The Topic

On the rise

Petrolia is growing according to Canadian census data released this week.

Bisi Alawode’s photo series ‘Beyond Now…’ is on display at the Petrolia Library until the end of the month. Photo provided.

'We are all human'

Bisi Alawode immigrated to Canada with his wife in 2013 from Nigeria. They first settled in Sarnia where they both studied at Lambton College.

The Lambton Young Theatre Players write their own adaptations, encourage creativity and help to foster growth among young people. Photo provided.

Theatre brings kids out of their shell

Rehearsals will soon be in session for the Lambton Young Theatre Players, who are performing their adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, written by Bethany Lawrence.