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OPINION: eBingo a game-changer for charities

George Mathewson After being thrown overboard during Ontario’s rush to slot machine riches, the operators of bingo halls that are still afloat have finally been tossed a lifeline. Sarnia once had 11 bingo halls and vied with Windsor for the title of Bingo Capital of Ontario. Today, we have one lone survivor, Bingo Country, which… Read more »

Businessman with autism aims to clip the odds

Cathy Dobson The sign posted on the outer door of Kyle Wagner-Dixon’s dog grooming business is an eye-opener. Not every shop owner introduces himself to new customers by explaining his disability before they walk in. “I feel it necessary to mention that I have a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome which impairs my ability… Read more »

Sarnia curling club members to play U.S. nationals

Barry Wright The Sarnia Golf and Curling Club will be well represented at the USA National Curling Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan next month. Club members Emilia Juocys and Stephanie Senneker have qualified to compete at the national event in the Women’s division for Wisconsin-based Team Debbie McCormick, while Heath McCormick will compete in the Men’s… Read more »

Sarnia Sting hockey team sold

Barry Wright Rumours about the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting being sold have been flying around the community for months, but the sale is now official, pending league and municipal approval. Sting owners Rob and Larry Ciccarelli announced at a hastily called news conference Thursday that the team has been sold to former and current… Read more »

Eye in the sky: St. Clair getting a drone for search and rescue

Cathy Dobson A remote-controlled drone might be the smallest item in St. Clair Township’s $4-million fire department upgrade, but it’s the one getting the buzz. Equipped with cameras, the drone will allow firefighters to view the roof of a burning building, search for missing people or assess a highway accident from above, said Fire Chief… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Look out Mars, here we come

Laura Austin The space ship Orion took its maiden voyage on Dec. 5.  It was scheduled to launch the day before but was plagued with interruptions, including a ship being in the launch area, strong winds and frozen valves. My belief is that everything happens for a reason and Orion was destined to launch when… Read more »

Round Dance: Aboriginal student event invites everyone into the circle

Cathy Dobson Powwows have been held at Lambton College for years as a way for native students to share their traditions and culture. But the president of the Aboriginal Students’ Council wanted to add another major cultural event and involve the community beyond the college. So White Lightning Clark, a 22-year-old police foundations student, appealed… Read more »

Floral designer’s business blossoming

Cathy Dobson Sue Downey is banking on her reputation as a designer with an eye for what’s beautiful and functional to make her new flower business a success. “People in this area know my work. They know me from other places where I’ve been, including my mom’s shop,” she said. Downey opened Flowers Forever, Designs… Read more »