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And the livin’ is easy

Fresh from exams, college and university students are returning to Sarnia from across North America with job hopes, bags of laundry and a taste for home cooking. Here, Erin Babby, right, a French and Spanish-language student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Selah Edlington, a communications student at Ryerson University, swap stories and share photos on… Read more »

Lola’s chef flexes his mussels

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The first time Mike Jacques donned a chef’s hat and coat, he was helping prepare food for a grand opening attended by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “I was a Grade 12 co-op student in the cafeteria at St. Francois Xavier high school the year it opened, and we made quiche for the mayor,” he recalls…. Read more »

Sitara’s Indian cuisine made with tandoor oven care

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It’s been a challenge for Manjit Singh to find a chef to prepare authentic Indian cuisine at his Sitara Indian Cuisine restaurant. Luckily, the full-time health specialist is also talented in the kitchen. “I truly believed from day one that if I wanted to run a restaurant, I’d have to be very involved,” says Singh,… Read more »

No fear, all cheer at girls athletics club

Jillian Murray, left, and Jaimee Desrochers, centre, go through a warm-up exercise with other senior team members at Bluewater Cheer Athletics Club.
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Many who visit Sarnia for the first time come away with the opinion that this area is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. From a local sports and recreation standpoint, the same might be said of Bluewater Cheer Athletics. Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse in a part of town known more for grit than… Read more »

New emergency warning system goes live May 9

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Slow or missed emergency warnings that have long bedeviled Sarnia may soon be a thing of the past. A new and free service is available that can immediately notify you of tornadoes, evacuation orders and other serious emergencies. The official unveiling is May 9, but more than 1,000 residents have already signed up for My… Read more »

The dirt on those piles of dirt in Centennial Park

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About 2,000 tonnes of first-rate topsoil is piled in a parking lot on the west side of Centennial Park. The mounds of dirt have been taking up valuable parking space near the city’s boat launch for 18 months, irking nearby business owners and creating parking headaches. So what’s up with that? “We’re going to move… Read more »

Mom and son score rare one-two punch in amateur boxing

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A mother and son from Sarnia have pulled off the rare sports feat of simultaneously becoming Golden Gloves boxing champions. Mandy Taylor-Bartley, 38, defeated a Toronto fighter to claim the light middleweight and 2014 Golden Gloves title in three rounds at the Ontario Boxing Association championship in Hamilton, April 25-27. Meanwhile, son Dylan Taylor won… Read more »

Sarnia’s birthday bash checklist

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Sarnia’s Centennial Celebration committee is co-ordinating special events so the entire community can salute the city’s first 100 years as a city. Of course, the party started with a huge New Year’s bash that attracted 11,000 to downtown Sarnia. Here’s what’s coming up: *        Thursday, May 1 – The Sarnia Exhibit opens at the Lambton Heritage… Read more »

Bigger bands to rock growing Powerboat Festival in Sarnia

Up to 45,000 people are expected to throng Sarnia's waterfront for the International Powerboat Festival Aug. 8 to 10, organizers say. Bigger bands, a slate of street performers and a second stage have been added to complement the powerboats themselves.
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Bigger bands will give the boats a run for their roar at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival this summer. Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth are inked for the three-day August event, which is now Sarnia’s largest festival and one of the largest international events on the Great Lakes…. Read more »

The cat came back

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Joe the Cat has been released from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital and into the care of the Sarnia and District Humane Society. Joe, who caused an international furor over animal cruelty after being shot 17 times with a pellet gun, lost an eye but has otherwise full recovered from his wounds. He has also helped… Read more »