GUEST COLUMN: Sarnia’s true founder died broke

Pat McLean Ask anyone if they know who Malcolm Cameron was, and most won’t know anything but the name. But we should. In my opinion, he was the true founder of our city. In 1834, Cameron bought 200 acres from the Crown for the sum of 400 pounds ($1,600). His property extended from the St. Clair River… Read more »

Historic fire cart lovingly restored

Tara Jeffrey Last fall, Jeff Scott wasn’t sure if the Camlachie Fire Department’s historic hose cart was even salvageable. “It sat out in front of the fire hall for as long as I can remember,” said the volunteer department’s deputy chief. “Finally, we talked about it and decided, we either have to fix it or… Read more »

Boat builder plans to seas the day

George Mathewson For the past three years Gianfranco Ronchin has been building a boat in his garage, and not just any boat. The 32-foot trimaran designed by a New Zealand company features unique features that make it easy to operate by just one person. “I like to sail by myself, sometimes in the middle of… Read more »

Former St. Pat’s footballer an emerging country music artist

Tara Jeffrey The story of Eric Ethridge’s unlikely foray into country music stardom is almost too good to be true. “It was kind of a happy accident,” said the 26-year-old Sarnia native, whose rising popularity has landed him a coveted spot at Canada’s largest country music festival, the upcoming Boots & Hearts in Oro-Medonte, Ont…. Read more »

Republik Eatery brings upscale bistro to city

Cathy Dobson Days before opening, Okan Zeytinoglu’s new downtown restaurant is coming together nicely. There’s a glitch with the new bench seats and the outdoor signs have yet to go up for the Republik Eatery & Lounge, says general manager Laura Smith. But most of the renovations at 216 Front St. are done and chef… Read more »

Bells toll for missing, dead aboriginal women

Cathy Dobson Area residents are hearing a lot of church bells these days as a trio of Anglican churches honour dead and missing aboriginal women. “We wanted to find a way to remember these women,” said Rev. Kristen Oliver of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Point Edward. “We feel there should be an inquiry to… Read more »

New band sports sassy name

Cathy Dobson Their band name belies the soothing melodies and intricate three-part harmonies that are the hallmark of The BITCHes. “It stands for Beautiful, Intelligent, Talented, Creative and Harmonious,” says Megan Hadley, who plays keyboard and sings. Together, with her wife Diane Hadley  – on guitar, mandolin, trumpet, ukulele, and myriad other instruments – and… Read more »

Here come the brides

Tara Jeffrey It will be a runway show for the ages when more than 30 women walk down the aisle June 6 at St. Paul’s United Church “Remembering When” bridal fashion show. “We have 125 years of bridal gowns, going back to the 1800s,” said organizer Shirley Martin, adding that all of the dresses are… Read more »

Rescue centre awash in orphaned wildlife

Cathy Dobson Getting a solid night’s sleep at Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue is pretty much impossible these days. Night feedings are keeping Peggy Jenkins up as she and a few dozen volunteers attempt to keep about 120 wild baby animals alive. It’s the busiest spring since the centre opened near Oil Springs in 2011. “I couldn’t… Read more »

Railriled: Residents say new waterfront railing an accident waiting to happen

George Mathewson The new and improved shoreline that rims the water plant in Sarnia is getting a thumbs-up from walkers, cyclists and anglers – with one glaring exception. The waterfront walkway features an ankle-high railing that’s a potential tripping hazard and seems to serve no useful purpose, users say. “I think it’s a lawsuit waiting… Read more »