Brigden’s national champion

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St. Clair Township has another champion to claim. While the world watched the Olympics, a local motocross star lit up the track to claim another race. Brigden’s Cole Thompson was named national motocross champion, Aug. 7. Thompson dominated the final event on the Rock Star Energy Drink Motocross Nationals tour in Barrie. The Brigden racer… Read more »

Kids play ball for Sick Kids

Jace McGrail gives Archer Weed a high five after throwing out the first pitch
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There was a lot of good baseball and $4,395 raised to help Sick Kids Hospital during the event. At the top, Brady McCrae dives back to third as his coach hollers instruction; left, Colin Haskins takes a big cut at a pitch right over the plate; above, Cam Major adds tickets to the raffle prizes… Read more »

Junior firefighters learn the ropes


The Independent Staff There was a whole new group of recruits learning the ropes at the Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Department this week. The department hosted its second Junior Firefighter camp of the year. Earlier this month, the department hosted an all-girls camp. But this time around it was a co-ed camp. The teens learn everything… Read more »

New website promotes tennis play


Petrolia tennis booster Matt Mueller has found another way to promote tennis. He’s designed a program and a website called Play It Forward to encourage people to get out and play the game. “It’s pretty much exactly the same thing as paying it forward except you play tennis with someone. Then they have to play… Read more »