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Legacy lives on: Jim Stokley Scholarships awarded

This year's Jim Stokley Scholarship winners are Amanda Griffith, left, and Amanda Graham, right. With them are Stokley's children, Cory, 9, and Paige, 16.
George Mathewson Photo

A scholarship established in memory of the late businessman and Bayfest co-founder Jim Stokley has paid dividends for two local students. Amanda Griffith, 30, and Amanda Graham, 18, both of Sarnia, each received $2,900 to further their education at Lambton College. In just five years the Stokley scholarship has grown into a $500,000 pool of… Read more »

Local gymnast wins gold at nationals

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Not many 12-year-olds can claim to be part of a national championship team. But Amy Bladon of Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics Club can. Bladon was a member of Team Ontario, which captured gold at the Novice Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team competition at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships held recently in Ottawa. The top three scores from the… Read more »

One run, two sisters

From left, Sarnia’s Maria Rocca, sister Theresa Carriere and Lore Wainwright, project manager of OneRun, at a fundraising June 1 golf tournament in London. Carriere aims to raise $150,000 on June 13 by running from Sarnia to London.
Photo courtesy, SimonLeePhoto.ca

Theresa Carriere is once again lacing up her runners to make the 100-kilometre trek from Sarnia to London to raise money to fight breast cancer. The June 13 run will be the third OneRun for the London cancer survivor, who credits her Sarnia sister Maria Rocca for saving her life by urging her to get… Read more »

OPINION: Signs of the times

Photo collage, courtesy of City of Sarnia planning and building department.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. And according to some residents, they really are blockin’ out the scenery and breakin’ our minds. But not everyone finds mobile signs ugly or flashing electronic message boards an eyesore. To business, they’re an effective advertising medium and an essential way to reach customers in a hectic, mobile society. On… Read more »

Bistro adds another whey to enjoy cheese

Cheese fondue is one of many specials on the menu at The Cheese Store Bistro. Stephanie Smith, left, and pastry chef Carly Gladwish opened the outdoor bistro this week.
Cathy Dobson

Stephanie Smith considers each plate of food she sends out of her kitchen a work of art. “My style is artsy, creative. I love garnishes. Presentation and colour are important to me,” says the chef at The Cheese Store Bistro in Point Edward. The Cheese Store opened an outdoor bistro that seats 30 late last… Read more »

New city pharmacist was drawn by river’s beauty

Pharmacist Marian Atia has opened Front St. Pharmacy at the St. Clair Corporate Centre.
Cathy Dobson

Marian Atia, born and educated in Egypt, has chosen to locate her new pharmacy overlooking Sarnia’s waterfront. She had never lived in Sarnia until this spring but says she was drawn here by the area’s beauty. The 27-year-old says she was visiting family in Sarnia and happened to drive past the St. Clair Corporate Centre… Read more »

End of the line for Blackwell Church

Bill Scott stand before the original 1880 Methodist Church in Blackwell. The newer Blackwell United across the street is closing and its congregation disbanding after 134 years of worship in the former hamlet.
Glenn Ogilvie

Bill Scott stand before the original 1880 Methodist Church in Blackwell. The newer Blackwell United across the street is closing and its congregation disbanding after 134 years of worship in the former hamlet. – Glenn Ogilvie BLACKWELL – When the church here holds it final service on June 29 a cemetery and vine-covered heritage site… Read more »

Q and A with Green Party candidate Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Q – Voters seem discouraged by their options this election. What are you doing to woo the disenchanted? A – I’m hearing from many people that they are disillusioned by the traditional parties and their inability to work together for the people of Ontario.  For many people this is the first time that they are… Read more »