June 15, 2017
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Vol. 4, Issue 41
First glimpses oF Canada
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Nahed holds her baby, Khaid, on the steps of their new Petrolia home. The Syrian family arrived in Canada Thursday and made their way to Petrolia where the Lambton Anglican Refugee Commi ee and members of Christ Church in Petrolia are helping the family of seven
Bunko says the college doesn’t have a set idea for a service but wants to work with the town to develop a proposal.
se le into their new life. See their story on page 2.
Heather Wright Photo
The day Ben Hathaway saved the show
Heather Wright
Hathaway recognized the CFL great who won four Grey Cups with the Toronto Argos as player and later as coach. Pinball was one of his grand- father’s favourite players.
to give one of the most celebrated Can- adian football players in history a ride. He could hardly believe it. Hathaway
The Independent
Ben Hathaway walked up to the cash- ier at the Reece’s Corners truck stop and recognized a Canadian football hero. Little did he know it would be
“He said, ‘I AM Pinball Clemons!’”
and Clemons talked football along the way when it struck the Alvinston man; “I clued in, I had Pinball Clemons in my crappy little Saturn,” he told The Independent with a huge grin after the show was complete. Clemons called Hathaway up to the stage and thanked him publicly.
an adventure he’ll tell to his grandchil- dren some day.
Hathaway soon  gured out Clem- ons - who was due to speak at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia’s Proud to Be Canadian series, was running late and stranded.
The Alvinston man was on his way home from his welding job at Specialty Machine and Fabricating in Sarnia. He got off a little early and was making plans to work on his pickup truck.
Clemons, in a hurry to get on the road, didn’t get the key for the push button start car from his wife. When he shut off the car to gas up, it wouldn’t start again.
Clemons still couldn’t use his car after the show, so Councillor Joel Field gave him a ride home.
He’d stopped to get some gas. As he walked up to the cashier, he noticed a man who looked very familiar.
“I said, ‘Do you need a ride?’” Clemons said yes and soon Hathaway was clearing off the seat of his Saturn
It is a day Hathaway won’t soon forget. In true Canadian form, Hatha- way says he would have done the same for anyone else. “Nobody wants to be stranded.”
Michael Pinball Clemons stops for a photo with Ben Hatha- way. The Alvinston man got the CFL hero to his show on
“Did anybody ever tell you, that you look like Pinball Clemons?” he asked.
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and college
charged up to
study electric
The Independent Staff
Lambton College wants to study the use of electric buses between Petrolia and Sarnia. And it wants the town to help.
Stephanie Bunko of Lambton Col- lege’s Energy Research Centre recently told town councillors the province
is making $590 million available for electric bus technology and Lambton had heard Petrolia was interested in a commuter system. “Petrolia has been looking in the past for transit or buses, so I thought this might be a good op- portunity,” she says.
The town studied bussing to Sarnia but shelved the idea due to cost and insurance issues.

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