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The Independent February 20, 2014 : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 25 Free of Charge ~ Read and Enjoy! FAMILY FUN Five year-old Lyla Thompson is having a great time skating with her dad, Scott, at the Greenwood Recreation Centre in Petrolia Sunday. It was part of a host of Family Day weekend activities around the area. Heather Wright Photo Accident leaves Petrolia man seriously injured Heather Wright The Independent Thursday, February 20, 2014 A 22-year-old Petrolia man is facing charges after a pickup truck flipped on Oil Springs Line in what sources tell The Independent was an accident that may be linked to an Internet drinking game. Lambton OPP and the Oil Springs Fire Department were called to Oil Springs Line just west of Oil Heritage Road in South Plank Road around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday after a Chevrolet pick-up truck with four occupants rolled. Police closed the road in that area while Technical Traffic Collision Investigators assisted in the investigation. One person had minor injuries in the accident. Another, 21-year-old Danny Gibbons is still in hospital with what OPP described as life-threatening injuries. A Facebook page called Love for Danny Gibbons, describes his inju-ries. “Danny is the victim of a serious accident which has left him with severe head injuries and damage to his lungs. Danny is now in the hospital in London for his recovery. Danny has his family by his side constantly.” SEE ACCIDENT Pg. 2 A Family Day to remember: mayor finds siblings after 70 years apart Heather Wright The Independent Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper has a whole new understanding of family after meeting his biological siblings. Napper was given up for adoption when he was a baby and was adopted in 1946 by his parents. He always knew he was adopted, but wasn’t curious about his biological family until much later in life. His mother encouraged him to find out why he had been given up and to find his siblings, but he waited. “I had such a wonderful life with my adoptive parents I would never ever look until they passed on,” says Napper. “I was very happy, I had an older sister and she had six children -there were always kids around that were my age. I had a wonderful grandfather…my mother was the strongest woman I’ve ever known.” But Napper’s family passed away, so when the province opened up adoption records several years ago, he began looking. With the help of several people involved in genealogy and armed with his birth name –Ronald James Mackenzie– he was able to find out a few things. “We came very close, they found where my mother lived on Proctor Street and the trail ended there; so I kind of given up until I got the call on Friday night.” That call was from Maggie Peters, a friend of Patty Brain and Robert Mackenzie. She had been looking for their long-lost brother for some time and went to the on-line paper The Lambton Shield with the story. One of Napper’s friends saw the story Lonny and called him Napper Friday. On Family Day, Napper met the pair for the first time since he was given up as a young boy. “I’d always known I had a brother and sister,” he says, adding he felt prepared to meet them right away. “I had no memories but they had something taken away from them and they have memories of it.” But several days afterward, Napper still couldn’t describe the feeling of meeting them for the first time adequately. “I can’t describe it. I had myself pretty much prepared.” Napper was in a room at Sumac Lodge where Brain and Mackenzie live when they were introduced. “It just came natural, there was just that one moment when they said this is your brother. He just jumped up you knew it was something they’d been looking for for a long time. “It was very emotional but once you got past that, it seemed like I’d known them forever it was the funniest feeling.” Napper talked to Brain and Mackenzie for several hours, talking about how they were raised and his life with the Nappers and the mother he never really knew. And they were able to answer the why question – why his mother would give him up. SEE ONE CALL Pg. 2 2014 Chevrolet Cruze LT Turbo 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia Lease Promo Plus First Month Payment On Us! $ 128.88 BI-WEEKLY 48 MacFarlane Months @ 0% 519-882-1090 • 1-855-864-4962 Disclaimer: 2014 Chev Cruze payment includes all fees and HST OAC 20,000kms per yr HST INCLUDED!! $ 22,920

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