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The Independent December 26th. 2013 : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 17 Have a Happy We are taking next week off, but we will be back with our January 9, 2014 issue so... New Year Ready, set, run Getting ready for local elections Heather Wright The Independent If you’re a political junkie, 2014 is likely to be a very good year. There is lots of speculation the NDP will pull the trigger sending us to the polls for a provincial election and municipal leaders are gearing up for an October polling date. People interested in running for positions in their local governments can begin filing their papers Jan. 2. Mandi Pearson, Petrolia’s deputy clerk, says it is very rare to have some come in the first day to announce their intentions to seek local office. “We had one year we had someone come in early but normally people start coming in the spring,” she says. “There are usually a lot of last minute filings.” There is good reason to file early, Pearson says. “You can’t campaign until you file.” There is only one major change which will take place in the make up of municipal councils during this election. In Plympton-Wyoming, council voted to eliminate the position of deputy-mayor earlier this year. Instead, people in that municipality will elect six councilors, leaving a council still consisting of seven members. Nominations for municipal councils and school board trustees for all four school boards can generally be filed at the office of your municipality. Nominations open Thursday, Jan. 2 and close Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. Anyone running for office must pay a $100 filing fee. Free of Charge ~ Read and Enjoy! Thursday, December 26, 2013 Heather Wright Photo BIRTHDAY SURPRISE! When Janelle Wiens went to her first Lambton Concert Band show, she loved the music so much she asked when the next concert was. When the little girl learned it was Dec. 19 – her birthday – in Petrolia, she had to be there. So the youngster took four of her friends to the Victoria Playhouse for A Victorian Christmas. She got a huge surprise when she was called to the stage, introduced and asked to lead the closing number “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Director Tessa Canton lead her to the podium, handed her the baton and said “it’s easy!” and the music started, with Janelle, now 9, leading the band. Afterwards, she still looked a little shell-shocked admitting she was a little scared to be leading the concert band in front of a nearly packed audience. Remembering Charmaine: friends mourn ‘artistic lady’ Petrolia native dies in Ottawa house fire Heather Wright The Independent – members of the Lambton Youth Choir -grinning from ear-to-ear. In the center, smiling widely, is Charmaine Collins. It’s has always been a fond memory of the time spent with the creative young woman, but now it holds added importance. Charmaine Collins died Dec. 14 when the Ottawa home she shared with a number of young women caught fire. Collins’ 21-year-old roommate from Perth also perished. Reports say a number of the roommates were able to get out of the home early Saturday morning. They told firefighters Collins and their other friend were still inside. The firefighters went in to find them, but were forced out by flames minutes later. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze. Reports say the young woman had called a furnace repairman recently because of it was causing problems. Collins, the daughter of Jaime and Karen Collins, owned her own photography business in Ottawa and worked in the retail sector. Family and friends were expressing shock and sadness about the young woman’s death online, including former high school friends and people from the Ottawa area. Friday, friends and family gathered in Petrolia to say their goodbyes at the Needham-Jay Funeral home. See COLLINS PG 2 It is a picture Miranda Cole will keep forever. On a bed, in a hotel room in Pennsylvania sits five pre-teen girls Merry Christmas To All macfarlanechev.com 519-882-1090 ... And to t all our sincerest es st warm wi s wishes shes for a holiday s holi holida y season that’s truly satisfying on every way. 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia

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