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Boaters riled by tough Canadian border rules

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Recreation and tourism in Sarnia are being hurt by the Canada Border Services Agency’s get-tough policy on boaters who cross the international border, local officials say. The CBSA requires the operators of all boats who cross the line to report in by telephone, a requirement that’s not enforced by their U.S. counterparts, they say. As… Read more »

MPP probed on huge ‘town hall’ numbers

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An eyebrow-raising number of people took part in a “telephone town hall” held by Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP on March 31. According to a news release from Bob Bailey’s office: “More than 7,600 constituents joined in and participated during the hour long call which included call-in guests Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton, and Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson.” Really?… Read more »

Track star follows path of local Olympian

Danielle Quinn in action. Photo courtesy of Indiana University Athletics.

Danielle Quinn says following in the footsteps of Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist and five-time NCAA champion Derek Drouin in the track and field program at the University of Indiana has been both challenging and motivational. “There’s a little more pressure because I’m from the same hometown as Derek.” said the St. Christopher grad…. Read more »

Massage franchise works out the kinks

The Massage Addict opened April 1 with seven registered massage therapists, including Nick Abrametz, left. With him are owners Mary and Mike Jorgenson.
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Mike and Mary Jorgenson are introducing a new approach to massage therapy to Sarnia. They are franchise owners of Massage Addict, a membership-based massage provider with 15 locations in Ontario. The Jorgensons, each with 15 years of retail experience, have rights to the Southwestern Region. They opened their first Massage Addict on April 1 at… Read more »

New city festival lands Hip frontman Gord Downie

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie will headline the second annual Festival of Good Things in Sarnia.
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Gord Downie is joining the revolution. The lead singer and lyricist of Canadian superband The Tragically Hip is coming to Sarnia to headline a new festival celebrating all that’s good in our community. “We know he’ll be a good fit,” says Chris Lewis, organizer with the second Festival of Good Things on the city’s waterfront… Read more »

Branding: We aren’t what we fear we are

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 “Your brand is what they say about you when you’re not around.” –  North Star Destination Strategies   The coming out party for Sarnia-Lambton’s new “brand” has been pushed back to the fall. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership had hoped to unveil the community logo and catchphrase by now but it’s been a complex process, said general… Read more »

Hooked on salmon derby

Pauline Hedberg won the 2013 Sarnia Salmon Derby with this 18.26 pounder. The B.C. resident is returning next week to defend her title.; Bluewater Anglers Photo

Coming back to Sarnia to fish in the annual Salmon Derby had been on the wish list of B.C. resident Pauline Hedberg for years. Actually winning the derby by boating a monster salmon was not part of the dream. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Hedberg hooked an 18.26 pounder in the first hour of… Read more »

Splendor in the glass

This stained glass arch in St. Andrew's Presbyterian dates to the original 1841 church, and is believed to be the oldest window in Sarnia.

When the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church gathers for Easter services some members will be bathed in light from stained glass as old as the nation. The cornerstone of Sarnia’s oldest church was laid on the very day of Canada’s Confederation, and a few of its windows date to that period. In fact, according… Read more »

Designation preserves historic city home

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As special features go, Mulberry House is a gem. Few houses have front steps made from discarded headstones, and intricate stone carvings over the front windows. Canada’s second Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie reputedly built the house at 197 London Road years ago. For many years, it was the home of late Sarnia mayor Marceil Saddy. … Read more »

John DeGroot named Citizen of the Year

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John DeGroot is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t mind fundraising. While others might dislike asking for donations for their favourite cause, DeGroot says he chooses projects that bring “good stuff” to the community and surrounds himself with people he considers strong. That makes it possible for his ideas like the Awesome Foundation to… Read more »