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The sad death of the Hamonic

John Rochon The passenger steamer the Hamonic was one of the famous “Three Sisters” of the Great Lakes, built for the Northern Navigation Co. by the Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. Elegantly appointed, she made her first regular cruise on June 23, 1909.  The seven-day loop left from Detroit to Sarnia, up Lake Huron to the St…. Read more »

Sarnia hoops star headed to Vermont

Barry Wright One of Sarnia’s premier women athletes is heading to the University of Vermont on a Division 1 basketball scholarship. Lauren Handy, 17, will begin her academic and athletic career with the Catamounts next September, but will head east in late spring and take some summer courses prior to the rigors of the college… Read more »

Theatre Sarnia staging the family holiday classic

Marco Vigliotti Theatre Sarnia’s production of the yuletide staple “A Christmas Carol” is set to begin at the Imperial Theatre Friday, with producers promising a show to brighten the spirits of the most miserly theatregoer. The company’s interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic fable boasts family-friendly credentials, with a real-life mother-daughter-father-son team taking the stage as… Read more »

Sarnia’s kindness elves

Cathy Dobson “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world.” – Peace activist Howard Zinn Trista Lowe was tired of all the negativity. So she decided to do something about it. “It’s such a downer when you read the news… Read more »

Russia takes U-17 hockey crown

Russian defender Mikhail Sergachyov (#5) snags the puck before USA forward Kailer Yamamoto (#55) can get a shot away on goalkeeper Maxim Kalyayev in the gold medal game of the World Under 17 Challenge Nov. 8 at the RBC Centre. Russia defeated the U.S. 2-1 for gold while Sweden took bronze by defeating Finland. Canada… Read more »

Kris Kringle to visit city on Dec. 6

Marco Vigliotti One of the surest signs of the impending holiday season is upon us, with the Sarnia Kinsmen Society preparing for the Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 6. “We normally have 45 to 50 floats, and that’s been pretty standard over the years,” said parade organizer Bob Marks. The parade will start 6 p.m…. Read more »

St. Clair grad wins Canadian soccer crown

Barry Wright Denver Spearman is basking in the glory of a national championship. The 22-year-old St. Clair Secondary graduate was part of the London-Marconi side that won the Canadian Club Soccer Championship last month in the GTA. The game was scoreless through regulation and extra time before Marconi beat Calgary Caledonians on penalty kicks, 4-2,… Read more »

Sarnia’s mayor calls this year’s budget “toughest ever”

Marco Vigliotti City taxpayers face the unenviable option of higher taxes or fewer services under the proposed 2015 budget. The spending blueprint recently unveiled to the new council recommends a 6% property tax increase – much higher than the 2% target the outgoing council gave city staff. Finance director Brian McKay said municipal insurance costs, salaries… Read more »

Plan to displace Nature Trail for road has stiff opposition

Marco Vigliotti The long-planned extension of The Rapids Parkway on the Howard Watson Nature Trail could lead to other intrusions on the beloved path, warns a man spearheading a campaign to halt the project. Tom Bernard says building a road over the trail where it passes beneath Highway 402 is a dangerous precedent that would… Read more »