Crossed up

Workers from Imperial Roofing secure the damaged cross atop St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, moments before Mammoet Crane lifted it to the ground beside Christina Street today. The cross was bent over by fierce storm winds that also broke trees, damaged roofs and stripped the top from the Duc d’Orleans cruise ship on July 18. Officials… Read more »

Someone to lean on: Program offering pre-teen girls good role models about to expand

Tara Jeffrey Ashleagh White has a long list of favourites when it comes to the Girls Mentoring Program she attended through Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. “The cooking, the movies, the mini-putt, the food…” the bubbly 12-year-old counts on her fingers. “The stories people told… it was just nice to hang out.” White was one of 13 girls… Read more »

One area reopened, two to go in Centennial Park reclamation

Cathy Dobson With the unsightly fence down and residents once again enjoying the north end of Centennial Park, city staff are preparing for the next step in the park’s reclamation – the demolition of the aging Dow People Place. Residents and tourists took back the large piece of the waterfront greenspace last week, more than… Read more »

Pals create one-stop shop for little performers

Cathy Dobson Sonia Odorico and Rina Barker say their friendship and new business partnership are not surprising given all they have in common. Both women are Italian. They both have three children and met years ago when their daughters started dance classes, then discovered both have twins and husbands named Mike. In June, Odorico and… Read more »

New group aims to help kids thrive at sports, the arts

Tara Jeffrey Graham Holmes wants to make sure money isn’t a barrier for youth striving to reach their full potential. “We just want to make sure all kids have the same opportunity to succeed in sports or the arts, regardless of their financial situation,” said the 28-year-old founder of Empower Play, a new, non-profit looking… Read more »

Local paddler representing Canada at Dragon Boat World Championships

Barry Wright A Camlachie-area teen is heading to the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships this summer, and hoping to replicate the success of her older sister. Paige General, 17, has been named to Canada’s national junior team competing at the world event at the International Flatwater Centre in Welland, Ont. in late August. Her… Read more »

St. Pat’s student named to national soccer side

Barry Wright The list of local athletes competing at an elite level in their respective sport continues to grow. The latest is Matt Paquette, who has been chosen to play for Canada’s national U15 soccer squad. The 15-year-old St. Patrick’s High School student was selected following a series of training camps and tournaments earlier this… Read more »

Local canine to compete on world stage

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman and her three-year-old border collie are off to Germany next week to compete in the prestigious European Open against teams from 35 other countries. “I’m still really new to (the sport),” says Karen Childs, 32, who qualified with her dog Cash for the Canadian Kennel Club Agility team after tryouts… Read more »

Point Edward is the place to be this weekend

Cathy Dobson If Point Edward were any busier this weekend, the village borders would have to expand. The 91st annual Mackinac boat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island gets under way on Saturday morning, July 18. It sets the stage for a slew of community events that promise to attract thousands to Waterfront Park… Read more »