PETROLIA CHRISTMAS PARADE THEME ANNOUNCED, CHILI COOK OFF AND CHRISTMAS MARKET TO RETURN THIS DECEMBER!
Petrolia – The Town of Petrolia Parks and Recreation Committee is pleased to host the Annual Santa Claus Parade on December 3, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., downtown Petrolia. A “Christmas Under the Sea” theme is planned for this year.
In 2019, we got a glimpse in to what Christmas might look like in outer space, so for a bit of fun for 2022, the committee thought that “…it would be a fun way to bring a lot of colour and excitement to the parade.”
The Committee is now accepting applications for floats at Town Hall in Petrolia or on the Town website. The Annual Petrolia Santa Claus Parade is December 3, at 2:00 p.m. through downtown Petrolia. For more information or to print a copy of the entry form please visit www.town.petrolia.on.ca. Registrants are encouraged to “…really have fun with this one! We’re looking for bright colours, imagination and of course, Christmas!” said Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services.
Registration Form – 2022-Fillable Parade registration
Christmas in the Park returns on Friday, December 2, 2022, and the friendly chili cook-off competition will return after the two-year interruption. The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club will have their Angel Tree, and the community Christmas trees will return so that residents can add their non-returnable ornaments to them. The lighting of the lights will take place at 6:00 p.m. and the free wagon rides will continue until 8:00 p.m. More information about Christmas in the Park will be available soon.
Following a resounding success in 2021, the Petrolia Christmas Market will also return to the Petrolia Farmers’ Market Pavilion at 396 Fletcher Street (behind the library). This new addition to the annual celebrations will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vendors are currently being accepted by contacting Thera at email@example.com.
OFFICIAL PLAN ONLINE SURVEY AND FEEDBACK OPTIONS
Petrolia’s Official Plan is our community’s vision for our future. The Official Plan includes policies that address important parts of building our community that affect everyone who lives and works in Petrolia, including housing, jobs, the environment, and the economy.
YOUR INPUT IS IMPORTANT
There are several ways for you to submit your feedback on the Official Plan:
- Online Survey: Participate in the Town’s Survey and provide your valuable feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRZVQS2
- Mail: Official Plan Review, Town of Petrolia, 411 Greenfield Street, Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0
- PDF version here:
- E-mail: Official Plan Review at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town’s current Official Plan may be reviewed on the Town website at http://town.petrolia.on.ca/planning-development/zoning-planning-amendments/
The Petrolia Resident Tree Program Will Return October 11
Each year, the Town of Petrolia Community Services department hosts a tree giveaway program where residents may request one tree (while supplies last) that they can plant on their property at no charge to the homeowner.
The trees are traditionally native trees, trees that provide a large canopy for shade, and trees that show off their bright colours in the autumn.
“This is always a successful program, and we are grateful for the number of residents that participate each year.” Said Director of Community Services and Facilities, Dave Menzies.
Residents are limited to one tree per Petrolia address. Only residents of Petrolia may participate in this program. Trees are available on a first come, first-served basis.
This year there are five varieties available:
Autumn Blaze Maple – Fire-red Fall colour, virtually keyless, up to 50 feet tall.
Linden species are mostly large, deciduous trees, reaching typically 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 ft) tall. Young linden trees have nearly smooth grey bark. Old trees have grey to brown bark which is shallowly fissured. Linden produces broad, heart-shaped, asymmetrical leaves with pointed tips and serrated edges
The Flowering Crab tree is a small, deciduous tree found primarily in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. These trees typically grow to be 4-12 m tall, and possess distinct white, pink, or red petals when in bloom
Sienna Glen Maple features showy clusters of red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has green deciduous foliage. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, red and burgundy in the fall. The furrowed gray bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension
The Brandywine Maple is a stunning shade tree with great color. Small red blossoms steal the show in early spring even before the red-tinged green leaves emerge. These maple leaves mature to solid green before turning a bold crimson red in fall. This tough red maple is cold hardy and adaptable
Residents are advised that tree certificates will be available by telephone only on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, starting at 8:30 a.m. while supplies last. Residents are asked to call (519)882-2350.
Tree certificates will be available for pick up on Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 21, 2022, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Office. Trees are available for pick up with the certificate starting on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from Windover Nurseries.
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. 216 TO RE-DEDICATE CENOTAPH
The Town of Petrolia is pleased to partner with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 216 for the re-dedication of the cenotaph in Victoria Park, Petrolia on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
The Petrolia Cenotaph was unveiled on September 24, 1922, in honour of those from the Municipalities of Petrolia and Enniskillen who died in the First World War. The unveiling ceremony began at 2pm. Hymns and patriotic songs were played by the Petrolia Citizen’s Band. Mayor Preston gave the opening address, and the cenotaph was unveiled by Major Fairbank.
Emanuel Hahn’s design represents the sorrows caused by war. The soldier atop the cenotaph looks down in sadness at the ground below him, as if he might find there, his fallen comrades, if not for the tragedy of war.
The statue depicts a young, grieving Canadian soldier in First World War army uniform. He is standing at a battlefield grave – a simple cross with poppies and a broken chain at the base and the flag draped behind it – the final resting place of a comrade killed in action. His left-hand rests on the cross, while his right hand holds a reversed rifle. His helmet is slung over his shoulder.
The cenotaph was completely restored in 2012 by Ron Canton Monuments Ltd & Memorial Restorations Inc. The entire joint between the monument and base was removed and resealed with lime mortar. The cenotaph was hand washed, sealed and the inscriptions were hand painted. www.veterans.gc.ca
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the re-dedication, located at 411 Greenfield Street, in Victoria Park, Petrolia.
Petrolia Harvest Days – an event filled with fun for the whole family returns for 2022 with some incredible family-friendly additions.
With generous support from Domino’s Pizza Petrolia, Barb & Rick Charlebois, Heidi’s Your Independent Grocer, The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club, Petrolia and Area Kiwanis Club, Petrolia Discovery, Petrolia YMCA, Fiery Faces, and countless volunteers, this year our events are bigger, and more fun than ever before.
Here is the lineup of fun, family-friendly, and not even a little scary, events:
September 7 – October 25 – Annual Scarecrow Festival in Victoria Park with our thanks to several volunteers and the Rotary Club of Petrolia
September 24– 7:30 a.m. – noon – Petrolia Farmers’ Market Thanksgiving draw! You could WIN one of three turkeys, produce and Petrolia Bucks prize packs just for shopping at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market!
October 1 – 7:30 a.m. – noon – Visit the Petrolia Farmers’ Market for some last-minute ballots! The draw for the three turkeys, produce and Petrolia Bucks prize packs will take place, and the winner will be announced at Noon. Just in time for Thanksgiving!
October 15 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club have teamed up with Heidi’s Your Independent Grocer to hand out 200 free pumpkins in the parking lot at the grocery store.
October 20 – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Bring your own pumpkin to the Petrolia Discovery Boom Town and join the fun of carving them and helping Fiery Faces display them at their brand-new location!
October 22 -11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fiery Faces Family Day at Petrolia YMCA. This is a fun-filled day for people of all ages that includes games, crafts, a photo booth and more. Don’t miss the famous Gunk ‘n’ Dunk!
October 21-23 -6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Fiery Faces Lit Pumpkin Display at Petrolia Discovery Boom Town! Take a stroll through Boom Town and see it transformed into a spectacular carved pumpkin event. Feel free to bring a carved pumpkin to add to the display.
Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services and Facilities said, “…We are very excited to see this event growing. We are pleased to welcome Fiery Faces to their new home in Petrolia, at Petrolia Discovery. Great partnerships are at the very heart of events like this and we’re really looking forward to the fun.”
For more information, please visit www.town.petrolia.on.ca or find the Town of Petrolia on Facebook.
As we continue to engage with the public, we are sending the attached postcard to community members and property owners along the route alternatives between Municipality of Chatham-Kent and St. Clair Township, as a way to encourage participation and to ensure their feedback is captured in the planning process.
We are committed to listening and incorporating community feedback every step of the way. Once built, this line will add about 400 megawatts of power to the region – enough to power a city the size of Waterloo! This added capacity will support economic growth in the broader Windsor-Essex region, in sectors like agriculture and manufacturing.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Please be advised that the Town of Petrolia Municipal Office will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022.
After Hours contact:
Water related Emergency, call 1-888-522-0117
Public Works Emergency (non water), call 519-882-2351
General By-Law Enforcement, call 519-845-5420
Parking Enforcement, call 519-312-1238
Animal Control, call 519-287-2974
or through our online portal https://petrolia.civicweb.net/Portal/CitizenEngagement.aspx
Petrolia Featured in AMO Video on Asset Management
The Town of Petrolia was featured in an asset management showcase video that was featured at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference, which includes all Ontario municipalities.
Asset management has been a strong focus for the Town of Petrolia over the past five years. Asset management refers to a planned approach for managing and investing in a municipality’s infrastructure. Asset management helps people to manage municipal infrastructure assets and make better investment decisions. It also helps reduce risks and allows municipalities to provide reliable and affordable services and a better quality of life for residents.
Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer, Rick Charlebois said, “…Asset management planning is an ongoing and long-term process that encourages municipalities to make the best possible investment decisions for their infrastructure assets.”
Mayor R. Brad Loosley said, “Petrolia has been working on an asset management plan that will benefit residents by allowing for reliable and affordable services. This living document will be continuously updated and is a planned approach for managing and investing in a municipality’s infrastructure.”
The featured videos were recorded in Petrolia in July and presented to conference attendees. For those looking to view the videos, please click here: https://youtu.be/euFOg4qFgzo for the full-length video or here: https://youtu.be/sUAdMoQqw0M for the shorter one.
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Two Petrolia Homes Celebrate Heritage Designation
The Town of Petrolia is home to 38 Ontario Heritage Designated properties, which works out to one property for every 158 residents. Petrolia is known for a well-maintained, historic downtown and for a variety of architecturally and historically important homes and places of business and has the most designated properties per capita in Ontario – outnumbering Stratford by 2 to 1. Properties that are designated for cultural or historical significance are preserved and maintained in such a way, that they will continue to be an important part of the community for many years.
The following two properties have been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act for their architectural and historical value and for their cultural significance.
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest:
4233 Emma Street, located in historic Crescent Park is Italianate style home built during the Victorian Oil Boom in 1870. This two-story largely brick home is in Crescent Park has a low-pitched roof projecting eave supported by corbels, bay windows, glazed door, and tall windows.
Built by Henry Warren Lancey, the home was first owned by Charles Jenkins (Petrolia Crude Oil and Tank Company) and was later owned by Frederick Edwards (prominent oil driller who was purported to have been rescued by Lawrence of Arabia in the Middle East.
The home features many heritage attributes:
• the original wrap around porch and front stairway
• Arts and Crafts style tiled fireplace
• Butler’s Pantry
• Unique radiators with lattice design on top (E&C Gurney Company)
• Original stained glass around front door and in dining hall
• various wood ceilings throughout the house
• original high baseboard and crown molding
• decorative corbels around porch
• two sets of bay windows
• original sunroom sliding doors
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest:
425 Chestnut Street, Ellsworth Manor is a two-story brick structure that is built in the Italianate Villa style.
It was constructed in the early 1880’s and completed in 1885 and located on Chestnut Street at the corner of School Street and Hickory Street. Built in the Victorian period, in the Italianate Villa style, and constructed largely due to the oil boom. It was built near the historic Van Tuyl oil lands, and adjacent to Crescent Park, and a block from National Heritage site – Victoria Hall.
John MacDonald was a well-known oil man in the area that served on Petrolia Council, the school board and issued patents, he founded the boiler works and produced oil.
He was one of the first oil barons to import casing and tubing for oil wells from England. He was one of the largest oil producers in Petrolia and was engaged in the refining business.
He built a refinery which he operated for over 20 years under the national Oil Company.
It is an outstanding example of Italianate architecture, with the common attributes including a low-pitched roof, projecting eaves supported by corbels, floor to ceiling windows on the front of the home (one of very few known homes with this characteristic in Petrolia), and a cranberry transom window above the front door. Inside, the home features an original slate fireplace with a faux marble finish with an original tiled hearth. The kitchen ceiling features a coloured plaster decorative medallion featuring fruit, birds, a basket, and plants that features the original finish. Original porch with decorative corbels, unique radiators with pierced cast iron covers and marble tops, and high baseboards, wide door casings and window trim. A second original plaster medallion is featured in the dining room ceiling with a harvest vegetable design. A third plaster medallion that features thistle plants is on the ceiling in the entry. The front door is original to the home – made from wood and glazed glass inserts. Ceilings on both floors of the two-story home are 11′ respectively. The basement features a built in safe, with the original builder’s name visible on the door. The home features its original slate roof. The home is a butter brick coloured exterior – a popular colour of the time. The home features a quarried stone foundation and has the decorative roof cresting typical of the era. The home also features four bay windows, two with plaster decorative corbels.
Liz Welsh, Chairperson of the Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee said, “Both the Emma Street property, and the property on Chestnut Street are architecturally significant, and both have been loving restored. We are pleased to have these two homes added to the distinguished list of historically important properties in Petrolia.”
An official designation, and plaque presentation for both properties took place on Sunday, July 24, 2022, with Terry Syer providing a dedication on behalf of the Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee, with several committee members present. Mayor R. Brad Loosley was pleased to bring best wishes on behalf of Council.