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Jen Langstaff (left) and Michelle Harris opened Discovery Travel Petrolia on April 3. They will be marking their business’s formal opening on May 1. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

New business opened early April

Discovery Travel Petrolia may have just opened their doors on the town’s main street earlier this month, but Travel Consultant Jen Langstaff and Associate Agent Michelle Harris want clients to know they are simply continuing a tradition of travel.

The Petrolia Baptist Church was struck by lightning Thursday evening, damaging the rear chimney and a new steel roof. Melissa Schilz/The Topic

Lightning strike sent bricks flying

Petrolia’s First Baptist Church sustained serious damage after it was struck by lightning last Thursday. Emergency crews cordoned off the area for a brief time to clean up and secure the area.

Petrolia is known for heritage homes like Bob Gulvin’s on Greenfield Street, but some worry high insurance rates could deter future ownership and maintenance of those homes. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Insurance info session in Petrolia April 25

Bob Gulvin and Susan McEwen have been learning the ins and outs of home insurance. The Petrolia residents each own homes that are well over 100 years old, and while they knew upkeep was a huge factor, they never imagined the stress that would come when it came to insuring their properties.

Catherine Bekkers feels the cold rush at last year’s very first Daffodil Dip, which raised $4,500. File photo

This Saturday - take the plunge

The Canadian Cancer Society is holding their Second Annual Daffodil Dip this month at the Sarnia Riding Club, where participants will be taking the plunge, running into the chilly waters of Lake Huron.

Last year’s oil slick mud run saw over 60 people compete in muddy terrain. This year’s edition will be held June 3 at the Oil Heritage District Community Centre. File photo.

60 participants in 2016 edition of mud run

If you’re not afraid to get a little dirty, the Oil Heritage District Community Centre is looking for participants to take part in this year’s Fourth Annual Oil Slick Mud run on June 3.