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Basketballer to play pro in Madrid

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Barry Wright Sarnia’s Kendel Ross is about to embark on the next leg of her basketball journey. After recently being released from Team Canada, the 26-year-old Northern Vikings grad will wing her way to Spain this month to play professional basketball. She signed a one-year contract with a Madrid team for a season that runs… Read more »

Sushi chef rolls into town

Hoon Chang, centre, is head chef at the new Kitano Japanese Cuisine on Front Street. At left is owner Robin Chang with kitchen manager Kyle Ross, right. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson To watch Hoon Chang prepare a plate of fresh sushi is to watch an artist at work. He focuses hard, rarely pausing, rarely looking up as he rolls and slices several specialty rolls, arranges them on a platter, tops with sauce and adds a live flower garnish. Presentation is important, he says. So… Read more »

Blackwell named for railway boss

Wagon teams loaded with sugar beets line up at the Blackwell Station, circa 1920. Blackwell was names for Thomas E. Blackwell, general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway. Photo courtesy Don Craig, Glenn C. Phillips, Sarnia: More Picture History.

George Mathewson Sarnia has two roads called Blackwell – Blackwell Road and Blackwell Sideroad – and like the crosshairs on a gun sight they intersect at the Blackwell train station. Or, more precisely, where the Blackwell train station used to be. The station and community that grew up around it were named for Thomas E…. Read more »

Reigning monarchs: Raising butterflies a rewarding hobby

Shorly after emerging, a new adult monarch prepares to fly for the first time. Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson “Here’s one,” says Karen Durance, flipping over a leaf to reveal a tiny white dot. It’s an egg, the size of a pinhead. And if all goes well, in three weeks another monarch butterfly will leave her Sarnia backyard and head for Mexico. “It’s absolutely amazing to see it,” says Durance, who expects… Read more »

Sisters launch beautiful partnership

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Cathy Dobson Tammy Kidd and Lori Metcalfe are sisters who don’t just get along, they enjoy working together too and are about to become business partners. The opening at their new Moya Medical Esthetics clinic on Exmouth Street is set for Sept. 2 The furniture is arriving, a fresh coat of paint is on the… Read more »

City teen swaps prom for Denmark

Alysha Bork, 17, left for Denmark this week on a year-long exchange.
Cathy Dobson

Some Sarnians are content if their hometown is their whole world. But at least one local teen says it’s important to explore the world beyond her hometown. That’s why 17-year-old Alysha Bork is a traveller. This week, she left for Denmark on a year-long Rotary exchange that will take her away from all that is… Read more »

City golfer, 90, plays weekly round

Joyce Cameron, 90, says she would play more than once a week if she could find other golfers her age.
George Mathewson

Joyce Cameron’s mother was 96 when she died, and her mom’s mom was 105. Which may help explain why every Tuesday in summer you can find Cameron at Greenwood Golf Club playing 18 holes in the women’s league. At the age of 90. “I can drive straight, just not as far as I used to,”… Read more »

Bees dying at worrisome rate

Ray Heeringa inspects a honeycomb at one of his apiaries.

Sarnia beekeeper Ray Heeringa lost 80% of his bees last winter, and he believes he knows why. Heeringa points to a growing body of research that highlights the environmental threat posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, which are now the dominant insecticide in everything from planted corn and soybeans to pet flea collars. “Beekeepers are looking at… Read more »