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John DeGroot named Citizen of the Year

John DeGroot is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t mind fundraising. While others might dislike asking for donations for their favourite cause, DeGroot says he chooses projects that bring “good stuff” to the community and surrounds himself with people he considers strong. That makes it possible for his ideas like the Awesome Foundation to… Read more »

‘Umami’ delicious in any language

You’re familiar with sweet and sour, salty and bitter. But do you know the taste of umami? Greg Laviolette says umami is his specialty. “It’s the fifth flavour,” explains the chef at Greens Organic Café on the corner of Lochiel and Christina streets. “Umami translates from Japanese and means deliciousness.  When you’re cooking and it… Read more »

Sarnia’s longest performing singing group

When you wear flashy suits and sing in four-part harmony you’d think people would pay more attention. But the Bluewater Chordsmen often fly below the radar in Sarnia’s arts community, despite an illustrious history and high standard of “a cappella” shows sung in barbershop style. “We do, and I don’t really know why,” president Douglas… Read more »

How do you spell ‘logophile’?

Frayed nerves and red cheeks took centre stage when some of Sarnia’s brightest logophiles went head-to-head recently. The annual spelling bee hosted by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton and the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists drew about 30 competitors in Grades 3 to 8. “I wasn’t too nervous because I’ve been practising a lot,” said 10-year-old… Read more »

Sarnia accent just ‘aboat’ does it

As an American who visits Sarnia frequently Bill Miskell is struck by the differences in speech between here and Port Huron. Though separated only by a narrow river the two cities have surprisingly different linguistic traits. “The big one for me is how you say “out” and “about,” and the way you use ‘eh’ at the… Read more »

A Sideways look at pub fare

Lucky regulars at Sideways Classic Grill sometimes get to share complimentary samplers when chef Brian Hall experiments. Conjuring up new sauces and food combinations, then seeing how the patrons like them, is how Hall develops his menu. Creating new flavours for traditional pub food has become an ongoing project for Hall since he conceived Sideway’s… Read more »

COLUMN: Odds of survival not great

 “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.” – Woody Allen   In case you didn’t know this already, the U.S. National Safety Council has determined that the average human has a 1 in 1 chance of dying of some cause in his or her lifetime…. Read more »

When the Grove got its groove on

A group of 150 community volunteers have worked to improve Kenwick-on-the-Lake in Bright’s Grove with a new gazebo and play equipment. The next phase, which came before city council this week, includes a basketball area, tennis court repairs and more benches on Lakeshore Road. But before it was a park, Kenwick-on-the-Lake was an open-air pavilion… Read more »

Jake is a dream come true

It’s hard to believe a playful 80-pound black lab can bring such calm to a household. But the peace of mind three-year-old Jake has brought to the Moore family of Sarnia is indisputable. Kyrsten Moore, 16, was born with a rare brain disorder that triggers daily epileptic seizures. If no one is nearby she can easily… Read more »

Teen weightlifter strives for gold

In the basement of a local fitness facility, Boady Santavy trains under the watchful eye of his father and grandfather. Boady’s father, Dalas, and grandfather, Bob, both competed for Canada in weightlifting at the international level and the youngest of the three generations has every intention of following in their footsteps. Bob Santavy wore Canadian… Read more »