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.


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.

Petrolia resident Bea Vasey has been drumming up some Olympic spirit through her creative photo shoots. (Photo provided)

Bea Vasey going for gold with comical Olympic photos

The Olympic games are a special time of year for Bea Vasey. The Petrolia resident said there’s something about those two weeks that are unlike any other for the rest of the year, where the world seems to come together in spite of differences.