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Employer found job-ready candidate

Marco Vigliotti Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the Goodwill Career Centre Jim Vergunst admits he was initially skeptical when approached by the local Goodwill Career Centre last year about using its service to hire a new employee at his Sarnia-based marketing and communications firm, Grafiks. Not entirely too familiar… Read more »

To Autumn: A fall photo feature

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe, And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers. Amanda Cohoon appears… Read more »

Torontonians cashing in their chips help drive record home sales

Marco Vigliotti Low interest rates, affordable prices and a swelling tide of seniors moving from the Toronto region are credited with propelling Sarnia home sales to unexpected record heights. Donna Mathewson, sales representative with Royal LePage, says a combination of opportune financial conditions and a wave of newcomers is responsible for pushing home sales past… Read more »

Colourful mural created for children grieving a loved one

Cathy Dobson The freshly-painted pandas, parrots and butterflies adorning the wall in the children’s room at St. Joseph’s Hospice are a colourful and lasting gift from the Sarnia Artists Workshop. “It’s the first thing the children see when they walk into the room,” says Kellie Van Hooren, children’s program co coordinator at the hospice. She… Read more »

Cleaning business started with a plan

Cathy Dobson Chelsey Hart didn’t just write an adequate business plan. She mastered it. When the 25-year-old Point Edward resident decided to start her own small business she painstakingly researched the market and did an exhaustive market survey to see if her cleaning service concept would fly. The result? She’s had a successful first four months,… Read more »

Winner of Humane Society raffle gives back the grand prize

Marco Vigliotti When Sarnia’s Michele Stokley won the diamond ring grand prize in a Sarnia Humane Society raffle last week it appeared to be a typical end to another successful fundraiser. She set off to Brian Davis Jewellery, which had donated the prize, to accept the ring and greet the store’s owner and Humane Society… Read more »

Sarnia’s iconic MacLean Centre coming down

Cathy Dobson Photos Workers with Murray Demolition spent Saturday tearing down the MacLean Centre in Sarnia’s Centennial Park. The former restaurant and meeting hall was being razed down to its concrete support pad by the company at no cost to taxpayers, in recognition of Sarnia’s efforts to redevelop the site as a legacy project. The… Read more »

Big Wreck washes ashore

Cathy Dobson Big Wreck’s Brian Doherty says being on the road suits him just fine, but he’s looking forward to coming home. Doherty, from Camlachie, and his bandmates will play the Rustic in Sarnia on Thursday Oct. 23 before heading south of the border for the rest of their tour. Big Wreck released its fourth… Read more »

Lambton College Ebola screening complete

Marco Vigliotti All 38 incoming Lambton College students from Nigeria have successfully passed precautionary Ebola screenings introduced by the school in response to the deadly outbreak of the virus in Western Africa, the college has confirmed. Cindy Buchanan, the college’s senior marketing director, said all students from the African nation cleared the 21-day incubation period without… Read more »