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91-year-old painter preparing to stage one-woman show

Jesse Rabbitt, 91, is staging a one-woman art show at the R.W. Lawton Gallery, opening May 5.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson An impromptu tour of Jessie Rabbitt’s living room is like reading the story of an extraordinary life. Over seven decades she has studied art, taught art and continue to paint. At one time she worked in the luxury of her own Montreal studio. Other times she painted with whatever she could scavenge in… Read more »

Cheerleaders headed to The Summit with good altitude

Seventy-eight young athletes from Bluewater Cheer are headed to a huge international cheerleading meet at Disneyland in Florida.
Submitted Photo

Troy Shantz The perfect cheerleading routine is a mix of technique, timing, choreography and showmanship, says Jodie Bore, co-owner of Sarnia’s Bluewater Cheer Athletics. “I tell my kids all the time, don’t be a team that people look and say, ‘it’s time to go to the bathroom.’” That approach seems to be working. In only… Read more »

Registration ramping up nicely for Sarnia Salmon Derby

This trio from London had a successful outing fishing for walleye on the St. Clair River last week. From left, Adam Smith, Jeffery Howard and Bob Smith, said they plan to return for the 41st annual Sarnia Salmon Derby running April 28 to May 7.
Behind them is the boat launch at Bridgeview Marina being upgraded to handle the event. 
Glenn Ogilvie

Troy Shantz With Sarnia’s long-delayed boat launches still under water a local marina’s goodwill gesture is helping keep the 41st annual Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby afloat. “It’s probably still going to be chaotic at the beginning but it is going to help, club spokesperson Paul Heckley said of Bridgeview Marina, which is offering a boat… Read more »

Trio of Sarnians helped Canada win wartime ‘Tea Bowl’

Frank Dombrowski of the U.S. Army congratulates Canadian Captain Bill Drinkwater following the 'Tea Bowl' game played at White City Stadium in London, England in 1944. 
Photo courtesy Capt. Jack H. Smith/ Dept. of National Defence

Tom Slater One wet winter evening in 1944 Canadian Major Dennis Whitaker, a former CFL quarterback, found himself sitting in an English pub beside a U.S. Special Services lieutenant. The conversation turned to football and the American told Whitaker he’d been sent enough equipment from the States to field six football teams. Several rounds later,… Read more »

Vandalism inflicted on city parks touches a nerve

This aerial vantage point shows some of the damage done to the central field of Canatara Park, the latest in a series of vandalism acts that have triggered an outpouring of community anger.
Drone photo, courtesy of David Cooke, inskyphoto.com

George Mathewson When Ruth Robinson took a walk through Canatara Park the morning of April 8 she was sickened by what she saw. Overnight, one or more vehicles had gone tearing through the park, causing extensive damage to the waterlogged ground. “These delinquents did not get enough attention damaging the berm, so they took a… Read more »

City axe thrower edges competition at the U.S. nationals

Bo Tait, co-owner of the Valley Axe throwing range in Sarnia, is now a U.S. National Tomahawk throwing champion as well.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz A co-owner of Valley Axe is carving out a reputation as both an entrepreneur and a world-class axe thrower. Sarnia’s Bo Tait travelled to Las Vegas recently for the 14th annual U.S. Nationals Knife & Tomahawk Throwing Championships, and the former carpenter finished first in the amateur expert division. Tait scored 145 in… Read more »