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.


YMCA consulting Warwick in Community Hall plans

Warwick township has approved a proposal from the YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton to offer community development services in their quest to build a community hall in Watford.

Brian Sipkens looks up at the Rabbit Foot Ferns at Sipkens Nurseries, where they house a number of indoor and outdoor plants in the greenhouses. (Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network)

Plants beneficial in the home

If you love plants but lack a green thumb, Brian Sipkens wants you to know this shouldn’t spell then end of your dreams to bring plants into your home.

Westin, 3, and Eloise Vonderrecke, 5, of Alvinston, try their hand at drilling for the coveted sap that lives within the sugar maple trees. (Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network)

The sweetest time of year

This year’s Maple Syrup Festival drew larger than usual crowds to the A.W Conservation area, seeing over 750 people come see the displays on Saturday alone. In 2017, the two-day event saw around 1000 people total, and Conservation Education Coordinator Sharon Nethercott credited the beautiful weather for the past weekend’s success.

Watershed Technician Greg Wilcox with several species of mussels found in the Sydenham River. (File photo)

Conservation Authority continuing mussel research on Sydenham

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority is continuing research started in 2017 on the north branch of the Sydenham River this summer, a section that had largely gone unobserved in previous years, according to Watershed Technician Greg Wilcox.

Thousands of tundra swans can be seen at the Thedford Bog behind the Lambton Heritage Museum. The Arctic birds use the grounds as a staging area as they make their way home for the summer. (Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network)

Thousands of tundra swans blanket Thedford Bog

The Return of the Swans Festival began in Lambton Shores Saturday, with thousands of tundra swans making a stopover at the Thedford Bog, just behind the Lambton Heritage Museum.

Maple taffy is set to be served up at the Maple Syrup Festival in Alvinston. The annual event returns March 17 and 18. (File photo)

Maple Syrup festival returns

Legend has it that the discovery of maple syrup came after a few First Nations boys who were out in the woods throwing their Tomahawks headed back to camp not realizing they had left one of the Tomahawks wedged into the tree.

Todd Case.

Warwick looks tol build community addition to arena

It could soon be time to say goodbye to Centennial Hall. The Township of Warwick is looking to build a new facility attached to the Watford arena, but Mayor Todd Case said the community hall that’s been in use since for 50 years will remain available until the new centre opens.

Michael Landsberg was sporting green hockey tape in support of Petrolia Minor Hockey’s Face Off For Mental Health. He was at the Victoria Playhouse Tuesday sharing his personal experience living with depression and anxiety. (Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network)

‘I get to use this poison as someone else’s medicine’

Michael Landsberg was in Petrolia Tuesday, sharing his personal experiences living with depression and anxiety. The founder of Sick Not Weak is known for his career in sports broadcasting, but said his work in the mental health field is what drives him the most.

The Lancer girls hockey team had a close game against Sandwich Monday, but came out champions. They head to OFSAA after March break. (Melissa Schilz/The Topic)

Lancers victorious on the ice

LCCVI's girls hockey team are sharpening their skates for OFSAA after defeating the Sandwich Sabres at the Greenwood Rec Centre Monday afternoon.

Petrolia’s Eric Curragh recently started up his mobile coffee business, bringing fresh brews and signature drinks to events across the county. (Submitted photo)

Coffee lover transforms passion into business plan

Eric Curragh said his passion for coffee began when he was just a teenager. While on a trip in the United States, he paid a visit to a coffee house and ordered a latte. The barista had turned a typical rosette into a fishing fly, to match the theme of the restaurant.

Water Resources Specialist Steve Clark and Water Resources Technician Emily De Cloet discussed flood forecasting at the annual meeting of the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, held Thursday in Petrolia. (Melissa Schilz/Postmedia News)

Water resources specialist says it happens only occasionally

A decision to close the Darcy McKeough Floodway dam earlier this week was unusual, as the multi-million-dollar water diversion channel in St. Clair Township has been used just a few times since its construction over 30 years ago.