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Cull Drain bridge could collapse

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The Cull Drain Bridge is a risk to public safety and should be removed immediately, an engineering report says. High winds could cause a partial or total collapse of the 104-year-old bridge, city hall said Aug. 1 after receiving the report. Engineers found “significant deterioration” since prior inspections. The bridge was fenced off two years… Read more »

A concrete plan for Sarnia’s wooden boardwalk

The Front Street boardwalk between Davis Street and John Street.

Sarnia is taking the boards out of its boardwalk. The wooden walkway on the west side of Front Street has been a popular place from which to watch activity on the St. Clair River for generations. But the timber structure, last replaced in 1991, is rotting and warped and a chronic maintenance headache. So it’s… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Professional dog-walker Rebecca Cole leads Kiska west on Cathcart Boulevard and into Canatara Park during a recent morning outing.
George Mathewson

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

A big pizza, no matter how you slice it

Ken Dunn of Kenny's Pizza on Mitton Street works on the principle that size matters. Any customers who can eat an extra large in one hour gets it free and their photo placed on the 'Wall of Honour.'
Cathy Dobson

Ken Dunn is a character; a fun-loving, wisecracking adventurer who just happens to love cooking. “It’s simple and it’s entertaining,” says Dunn, who has worked at a huge list of restaurants over the past 40 years. He’s helped open countless diners, shown new owners the ropes, operated his own restaurants and even earned his way… Read more »

Historical novel set in Point Edward

Don Gutteridge, author

Don Gutteridge’s memories of growing up in Point Edward are so colourful and rich, he chose his hometown as the backdrop for his latest historical novel. “Lily’s Story” is a sweeping period piece that recounts many key events in the history of Point Edward and Lambton County during the life of the fictional Lily. “I… Read more »

Sarnia’s reluctant bowling champion

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Jackie McLellan is likely the most humble champion Sarnia-Lambton has ever produced. The long-term Courtright resident who moved to Sarnia with her husband a year and a half ago was surprised to come away with first place in the Super Senior Division (75 +) at the United States Bowling Congress Senior Tenpin Championships in Reno,… Read more »

Ups N’ Downs goes back to Front

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Ups N’ Downs, one of downtown Sarnia’s busiest restaurants and nightspots, is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation. The work will be done in stages beginning this fall, says co-owner John Mallon. “It’s an exciting time to be in this business. It’s evolving and we either have to adapt or die,” he said…. Read more »

Founding of Corunna was a capital idea

This cairn at Baird and Hill streets is the only reminder of a grand plan to locate the Parliament Buildings of Canada on this site in Corunna.
Glenn Ogilvie

If not for those damn Yankees the Parliament buildings of Canada would have been built on Baird Street in Corunna, not some distant hill in Ottawa. The story of how Corunna nearly became the nation’s capital is not an urban myth. It really happened. In the year 1823, Lord Beresford led the first of three… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Jeff Horley aboard the 'Would ... Aye,' a wooden sailboat it took him 26 years to build.

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Josh Gadd, the chef at Olive's Casual Cuisine on London Line.Cathy Dobson

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »