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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.

The Petrolia Library is hosting a Pride Day on October 18 starting at 11 a.m. File Photo.

Pride Day at Petrolia Library Oct. 18

The Petrolia Library is hosting Pride Day this month, with an open house offering a free pizza lunch, displays, information and speaker sessions. The event will run from 11 a.m until 8 p.m on October 18, and all are welcome to attend and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

(Back from left) Aleah Piggott, Sarah Milner, Lorliee Fex, (front from left) Cheryl Hansen and Brigitte Hynes Taylor (not pictured: Anita Minielly) are the Better Health Committee 2016. Their annual health and wellness event is being held at The Centre Oct. 21.

Health event promotes local

Interested in bettering your health, or already committed to the cause? No matter where you are in your journey, the second annual “Better Health” event has something for everyone.

Deputy Chief of Petrolia and North Enniskillen Fire Department Tim Williams wants to remind residents to check the date on their smoke alarms. Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9 to 15. Melissa Schilz/The Topic.

Fire Prevention Week works to save lives

October 9 to 15 marks Fire Prevention Week, a national event to bring about discussion surrounding the importance of fire safety. The Petrolia and North Enniskillen Fire Department will be making their rounds at local schools, educating students on the importance of fire safety.

The Family Health Team in Petrolia has been working to expand services in the mental health field after they have seen a rise in demand, especially for youth in rural areas. Melissa Schilz/The Topic

Demand on the rise for mental health services

Breaking down walls surrounding mental health can be difficult anywhere, but in rural areas like Lambton County, there can be different barriers that present themselves in comparison to urban areas.For youth, there can often be a lack of resources and tools at hand, or a fear of being judged by peers.

Rick Charlebois (left), Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer, Town of Petrolia, is presented with MFOA’s Engagement Award by Colin Macdonald (right), Manager of Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, MFOA. Photo provided.

Sparking change in municipal government

Rick Charlebois, Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer for the Town of Petrolia, was presented with an Engagement Award from the Municipal Finance Officer's Association of Ontario (MFOA) at their annual conference in Niagara Falls this September.

Starting October 3, Petrolia residents can get their certificate good for one complimentary tree. File photo.

Annual tree planting program is back

Property owners in Petrolia can request one complimentary tree this fall for planting in an annual fall tree program. As of Monday October 3, residents can go to Town Hall and request one tree certificate.

Alvinston and Watford Fall Fair kicks off this Friday for it's 140th year. Photo provided.

Alvinston and Watford Fall Fair this weekend

The Brooke-Alvinston and Watford Fall Fair will be opening it's doors this Friday to celebrate their 140th year, with this year's theme being “Ye Olde Fair”. The fair will feature a midway from Campbell Amusements, a Friday night tractor pull and a Saturday morning parade beginning at 10:30.