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.


College looking at potential e-bus study in Petrolia

Stefanie Bunko ignited some e-bus interest at Petrolia council earlier this month. The coordinator for the Lambton Energy Research Centre came forward to discuss a potential study that could lead to electronic buses shuttling residents between Sarnia and Petrolia, something the town has discussed in the past.

Shirley Durance, Kale Morton and David Hogan prepare for the opening of the new Petrolia café – The Cottage. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

New café in Petrolia aims to bring specialty experience

David Hogan and David Rogers are known for their work at the Victoria Playhouse, but now the two have taken on a new business venture, opening up a unique café specializing in chocolate and other treats just across from the VPP.

Janine Frayne travelled to Belarus last week to represent Canada and compete in the World Classic Powerlifting Competition – and the Petrolia resident is bringing home a silver medal. (Handout)

Petrolia powerlifter competes in Belarus

Janine Frayne snatched a silver medal in the bench press at the World Classic Powerlifting Competition last week in Minsk, Belarus. She’s turning 57 this year but can out-lift plenty of her peers.

 Tanner White, left, and Trevor McCormick cook up peameal bacon for their annual bacon burger cookout in Wyoming. (File photo)

Wyoming firefighters get grilling

The Wyoming Firefighters Association are getting their grills out this weekend during the town wide garage sales, celebrating 37 years of the local fundraiser.

Jim Donnelly of the Black Donnellys, subject of a film shot in Southwestern Ontario, set to be screened at Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia on October 13. (Submitted Photo)

Black Donnellys film to be screened in Petrolia

It’s an eerie tale most locals will remember from childhood – a family of outcasts massacred by an armed mob made up of their own neighbours, the Black Donnellys of Lucan, Ontario had quite the reputation, and still do.

Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons signs an autograph for local man Ben Hathaway, who saved the day on Saturday after Clemons was stranded at a gas station just moments before his speaker session. (Submitted photo)

'Pinball' Clemons hitches a ride with locals

Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons of Canadian football fame made his way into Petrolia Saturday afternoon for a speaker session at the Victoria Playhouse, but how he arrived is a bit of a funny story.

Petrolia's pool bylaw amended

Petrolia Council voted to amend a pool bylaw at last Monday night’s meeting after a new report was brought forth by staff. The change will allow a house to act as a fourth wall of a four-sided enclosure.The approved change to the bylaw states that ‘all entranceways forming part of a pool enclosure are locked at all times except when the swimming po

Petrolia resident Rita Vanderwerf makes a note on one of the poster boards at Tuesday night’s open house – she was one of dozens who attended last week’s information session. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Netowkr

Healthcare village concept slowly coming to life

Petrolia’s healthcare village has reached its second phase of planning, and an open house last week at LCCVI brought forward an enhanced version of Dialog’s concept plan for the town that includes renovated buildings, enhanced green spaces and accessible walkways.

Griffin Allen and Matt Mueller with their antique bronze medals. The dynamic duo scored the OFSAA medals last week in Toronto after placing fourth in the open boys doubles. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

LCCVI tennis duo bring home first medals in sport

Matt Mueller and Griffin Allen have done LCCVI proud. The tennis doubles team competed fiercely at OFSAA last week in Toronto, and it was the first time LCCVI students had made it to the finals in this sport.

Skylar Anderson, 17, drove her Massey Ferguson tractor from Brigden to LCCVI on Wednesday morning. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Tractor tradition stands strong at LCCVI

If you heard the sounds of revving engines rumbling into Petrolia Wednesday morning, it may have reminded you of the age-old tradition at LCCVI – bring your tractor to school day.

Renovation plans for Greenwood Arena are on track, and a slight change has saved the Old Timer's Press Box. (File photo)

Fate of Greenwood Arena's press box changes

Project plans regarding Petrolia’s Greenwood Arena are moving forward, and after some careful consideration, the Old Timer’s Press Box donated in 1979 is set to stay put with a few minor adjustments.

Marissa Mueller landed another gold medal at OFSAA on Friday, throwing a new personal best in the senior girl's javelin throw. (Submitted photo)

Marissa Mueller claims another gold medal

LCCVI’s Marissa Mueller dominated at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Belleville last week. The grade 12 student claimed her gold medal in the senior girls javelin throw after throwing a new personal best of 45.77 meters.

John McFadden, owner of Johhny G's, practices his dough flipping skills at Petrolia's Pizzafet in 2016. (File photo)

A slice of life this weekend at Pizzafest

Pizzafest returns this Saturday at Victoria Park, and with over 6000 slices devoured at last year’s event, 2017 is looking good for the event.

Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons will be launching Victoria Playhouse’s annual speaker series when he takes the stage in Petrolia on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. The series, entitled Proud To Be A Canadian, will also feature actor Graham Greene, comedian Colin Mochrie and mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau later this summer. (Handout/Postmedia Network)

‘Pinball’ Clemons tapped for VPP’s Proud To Be Canadian series

Petrolia’s Victoria Playhouse is going with a Canadian theme for its 2017 speaker series, which begins June 10. Speaking will be athlete Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons – and later in the summer: actor Graham Green, comedian Colin Mochrie and mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau, who is also the mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.