Farr crowned Brigden Fair Ambassador


  Kayla Farr, 20, of Wilkesport is the new Brigden Fair Ambassador. She took the crown over a field of four competitors at the annual Brigden Fair Ambassador competition, Sunday. Born and raised in Brigden, the Farr family bought their Wilkesport farm 10 years ago and since then, Farr has developed a love for farm… Read more »

Hip fans join the party in Petrolia

Paul Langlois and Gord Downie (right)
David Bastedo Photo

The Independent Staff Tragically Hip fans won’t have to go too far to take in the band’s final concert. Petrolia will be hosting an outdoor screening of the CBC’s broadcast of the iconic Canadian band’s final concert in Kingston Aug. 20 at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market building. Fans across the nation clamoured for tickets after… Read more »

Solving the Who Dunn’it


Brook Brouwers and Rachel Clark can hardly believe their ears when they learn the mayor, played by  Ruby Smalls, rigged the local cookie contest in  Inspector Bumble and the Big Cookie Heist. The members of the Lambton Young Theatre Players Youth Drama Camp staged the show for family and friends on Friday afternoon. There will… Read more »

Memories of ties and artificial flowers

Lou Anne Sybenga of Petrolia was busy organizing her latest show at Victoria Hall in Petrolia. It’s called Suit and Tie Dye and is a nod to her parents. The ties remind her of her father and there are rug hook pieces of the artificial flowers her mother used to make. Left, is one of the series of tie works. Sybenga paints a tie with a design and then fuses it to fabric. This work is meant to bring reminders of veterans who have served in combat years ago but stand, wearing their best ties, on  Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph. The show runs to the end of August with an official opening on Aug. 13.

Heather Wright The Independent Lou Anne Sybenga’s fabric and rug hooking art usually leans toward the whimsical – a friend’s home complete with sports cars and neighbourhood churches, people with wide eyes and slightly crooked smiles. “I lean toward the cartoonish,” says Sybenga as she worked with the Victoria Hall Arts Committee to hang her… Read more »