Paula Smith, Marilyn Townsend-Smith and Robyn Hodgson were at Tuesday's Pride event at the Petrolia Library, offering support for all who may need it. Townsend-Smith and Smith shared their story of Paula's coming out in the evening. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Pride day: a safe space for everyone

The Petrolia Library celebrated pride day on Tuesday with several groups and organizations from across the county, offering a safe space for everyone to come together and start a dialogue.

Petrolia’s Christ Anglican Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend. The original brick structure was destroyed by fire in 1957 and the existing church building opened in 1959. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Christ Church celebrates 150 years

Petrolia’s Christ Church Anglican is marking 150 years of worship this weekend with an open house. The celebration begins Oct. 22, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with wine and cheese, memorabilia, as well as a short play.

Joanna Lam, 24 of Ottawa, and her boyfriend Connor Hayes, 25, have been reported missing in New Zealand. Parts of their vehicle were found in a river, in a ravine, in the remote Haast Pass.

Remains of missing Ottawa man found in New Zealand

New Zealand police are hoping the discovery of human remains and personal items will bring some “closure” to an Ottawa family grieving the loss of their son. Connor Hayes, 25, and his girlfriend Joanna Lam, of Kingston, were killed in September 2013 while vacationing in New Zealand.