Young sailors make waves at Sailfest Sarnia

Daniel Barry, 21, of Petrolia, men's olympic class practice day for Sailfest held at the Sarnia Yacht Club.

The Sarnia Yacht Club offered sailor’s a perfect trifecta last weekend –wind, warm people and wonderful water. “Most people in this province have no idea about how beautiful Lake Huron is,” said Joanne Abbott, chair of Sailfest Sarnia’s organizing committee. “It can look just like the Caribbean in July, and feel like the Caribbean. People… Read more »

Pitch perfect: El Salvadoran team visits Sarnia

El Salvador

It wasn’t exactly the World Cup, but a team of boys aged 12 to 14 from El Salvador added a touch of international flare to local soccer recently. Here, Christian Menjivar of the visitors takes possession of the ball during a July 3 match at Norm Perry Park, with Sarnia FC player Dean Palimaka (in… Read more »

Dinner in White comes to Sarnia

The organizers of ‘Dinner in White Bluewater’ are, from left, Kelly-Lynn Musico, Wendy Ghorbril, Marinka Modderman and Tracy Jutras.
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An elegant picnic on white linen with a bottle of wine and live jazz appeals so much to four Sarnia women they are inviting the community. Kelly-Lynn Musico, Tracy Jutras, Marinka Modderman and Wendy Ghorbril hope Dinner in White Bluewater will generate enough revenue to be a self-sustaining special event in Sarnia for years to… Read more »

Wandering chef finds home in Sarnia

Sunny Chen does virtually all the cooking at his Christina Street Asia Style restaurant. Since coming to North America he has adapted his Chinese cooking to American style but likes to prepare authentic Tai food as well. 
Cathy Dobson

Sunny Chen has known hard work all his life. He grew up in Fuzhou, a seaside city of seven million people in southern China. Every day after school, he went home to help his father out at the family restaurant on the main floor where they lived. When it came time to choose a trade,… Read more »

Sarnia, Above it All


Sarnia’s Canatara Beach, seen on the right, was awarded “Blue Flag” status last week, meaning it meets the coveted international standard for water quality, management and safety. Only two dozen other Canadian beaches have earned the tourist-friendly designation. In the foreground is Lake Chipican, with Canatara Park and, at the top, the twin spans of… Read more »

World’s best wakeskaters in town for tour event

Sarnia's Matthew Mulholland practises wakeskating at Boarder Pass beside the Sarnia Bay Marina. Fifty of the world's top wakeskater are in Sarnia this weekend for the first ever Canadian stop on the Wakeskate Tour. Competitors wear shoes but no bindings to allow complicated tricks to be done including shoves, grabs and flips.
Glenn Ogilvie

At least 50 of the world’s best wakeskaters will be competing on Sarnia’s waterfront this weekend, vying to become the 2014 international champion. “These guys are the best of the best,” says host Tim Nixon, co-owner of Sarnia Boarder Pass. “They do tricks that defy nature, really cool spins and flips with the board.” Nixon… Read more »

MP hosts suicide prevention forum


Sarnia-Lambton is ahead of the pack when it comes to suicide prevention, says Denis Boileau who was recently hired as the region’s suicide prevention co-ordinator. There are still obvious gaps in service and a need for more funding but a lot of good work is already being done here, Boileau said June 25 at a… Read more »

Bikers band together to fight childhood cancer

Bob Thomas and daughter Vicky, then 13, participating in last year's R.O.C.K. Ride. 
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It was 11 years ago Bob Thomas lost a daughter to cancer, but the passion that drove him to help other sick kids by launching a motorcycle event hasn’t waned. “Children are still dying. Children are still suffering from the treatment,” he said. “When they can finally close all the childhood cancer wards then I’ll… Read more »

New dentist office a crowning glory

Dr. Michael Rocca has opened a new dental clinic at Michigan and Front streets.
Cathy Dobson

Local dentist Dr. Michael Rocca is all about expansion this summer. He is expanding his Wallaceburg practice to Point Edward and he’s designed and built a clinic that has room to grow. On May 26, he opened a 4,000-square-foot dental clinic on the northwest corner of Michigan and Front streets, where Milano’s restaurant once stood…. Read more »