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VanTuyl and Fairbank to close its doors after 154 years

Petrolia’s oldest business is closing its door. VanTuyl and Fairbank, which started in 1865 and is the oldest family-owned hardware store in Canada, will close this fall when its long-time manager, Theresa MacDonald retires. “It is with a heavy heart we announce this closing,” said Charlie Fairbank in a news release. Hehas owned the business… Read more »

Saving the Swallows one birdhouse at a time

Felicia Syer-Nicol says her family has noticed there are fewer swallows swooping around their St. Clair Township property. And they’re trying to change that. Syer-Nicol, who is the president of the Lambton wing of the National Farmers’ Union, hosted a workshop Saturday at the family farm on the Kimball Sideroad. Along side her was the… Read more »

MOE says biosolids have no impact; neighbours disagree

Paul Leliveld doesn’t believe the Ministry of the Environment. The Watford area man who lives across the road from Lasalle Agri’s biosolids storage facility at Highway 402 and Nauvoo Road was reacting to a letter sent to Warwick Township from the ministry. Mayor Jackie Rombouts had approached MOE staff about the growing pile of fertilizer… Read more »

CEEH reno clears first hurdle

A massive renovation of Petrolia’s hospital has taken a big first step. The 25-year, $30 million plan to completely renovate Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital has been approved by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network after a year and a half of work and waiting. The plan begins with the reconstruction of the emergency… Read more »