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The Independent January 23, 2012) : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 21 Discovery Camp? Residents float idea to revive site Heather Wright The Independent Dan Brown and Patrick Pineo want to open Petrolia Discovery up to tourists, including campers. The pair came to Petrolia council Monday after reading in The Independent that the town wants to help turn the site around. Over the past few years tourist traffic has declined and problems with the on-site oil wells have led to budget deficits. Town officials had scheduled a meeting with the foundation which runs Discovery but it was cancelled because foundation members had not been given enough notice. Brown and Pineo say Petrolia Discovery is not just a great place to learn about the history of oil, it is also a beautiful natural habitat for camping, bird watching and canoeing. The pair wants to see the site open to campers, perhaps using caravans similar to the covered wagons seen on Gypsy Flats during the oil boom. Brown says they would have modern interiors and some could even be made into public restrooms. SEE DISCOVERY PG 3 Free of Charge ~ Read and Enjoy! Thursday, January 23, 2014 Wyoming Fire pays tribute to George Enniskillen loses a “great leader:” Marriott The Independent Staff A respected Wyoming firefighter whom the community rallied around during illness has passed away. George Klazinga, 58, a long-time Wyoming firefighter and active volunteer died in hospital Monday night. Two years ago, Klazinga began to feel weak. Just recently he was diagnosed with two rare blood disorders. His fellow firefighters and members of his church rallied around Klazinga and his family to support them emotionally and financially. They held a highly successful event, Jamm’n for George, in November to raise money to help cover the costs of his medical expenses and to support the family. Wyoming Fire Chief Mike Vasey says the department is struggling today. Vasey was a friend of Klazinga. “He was like the first guy to come up and introduce himself and show you around,” Vasey says, his voice choked with emotion. SEE KLAZINGA PG. 2 Heather Wright The Independent Enniskillen Mayor Kevin Marriott says the community has lost a great leader with the death of Larry O’Neill. O’Neill died Tuesday at the age of 71 after battling cancer. O’Neill is survived by this wife of 47 years, Maureen, and his two children, Chantelle and her husband Terry Sanderson and Jeff and Marcy O’Neill as well as five granddaughters. O’Neill was reeve and mayor of Enniskillen Township and 1989 Warden of Lambton County. He also ran for a seat under the Liberal banner in the provincial legislature in the 90s. Tributes poured in for O’Neill. “The community has lost a great leader,” Marriott said as he eulogized the man who was his mentor. “Larry’s accomplishments were all about peace and working for a better community… He was a true diplomat in every sense of the word. He was admired by colleagues and they trusted him.” Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says that was key when it came to the talks which brought Sarnia and Clearwater together in the late 80s and later united Sarnia with Lambton County. “He was instrumental in providing the leadership that developed the County of Lambton into what it is today, a strong, united federation of communities,” says Bradley adding the model of government developed “has THEN AND NOW: It was 25 years ago this Saturday that residents of Petrolia watched as Victoria Hall went up in flames. The hall was rebuilt and the bell which fell from the tower that day stands as a reminder of the historic event. We look back at the day that changed everything on pages 6 and 7. Heather Wright and Petrolia Heritage Photos stood the test of time to emerge as the model for local cooperative government. “Larry never wavered in his vision for Lambton County on what was a difficult and challenging journey at that time. History has proven his was the right vision and that is his lasting legacy…I had the privilege of knowing and working with Larry since the mid 1980’s and had the highest respect for his values, integrity and advice.” Dawn-Euphemia Mayor Bill Bilton, who knew O’Neill long before he entered, says his personality was perfect for politics. “He seemed to know what he wanted to do but wasn’t forceful,” says Bilton. SEE O’NEILL ON PG. 2 -Clean Car Proof -Certified Pre-owned -30 day or 5,000 km Warranty -150 Multi-point Inspection -30 Day Exchange Program 2009 Buick Allure Super Sup per $ 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia $14,900 $ 101,000 kms 1 Feature of the week... www.macfarlaneche v. com 519-882-1090 • 1-855-864-4962 now only 11,900

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