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New emergency warning system goes live May 9

Slow or missed emergency warnings that have long bedeviled Sarnia may soon be a thing of the past. A new and free service is available that can immediately notify you of tornadoes, evacuation orders and other serious emergencies. The official unveiling is May 9, but more than 1,000 residents have already signed up for My… Read more »

The dirt on those piles of dirt in Centennial Park

About 2,000 tonnes of first-rate topsoil is piled in a parking lot on the west side of Centennial Park. The mounds of dirt have been taking up valuable parking space near the city’s boat launch for 18 months, irking nearby business owners and creating parking headaches. So what’s up with that? “We’re going to move… Read more »

Mom and son score rare one-two punch in amateur boxing

A mother and son from Sarnia have pulled off the rare sports feat of simultaneously becoming Golden Gloves boxing champions. Mandy Taylor-Bartley, 38, defeated a Toronto fighter to claim the light middleweight and 2014 Golden Gloves title in three rounds at the Ontario Boxing Association championship in Hamilton, April 25-27. Meanwhile, son Dylan Taylor won… Read more »

Sarnia’s birthday bash checklist

Sarnia’s Centennial Celebration committee is co-ordinating special events so the entire community can salute the city’s first 100 years as a city. Of course, the party started with a huge New Year’s bash that attracted 11,000 to downtown Sarnia. Here’s what’s coming up: *        Thursday, May 1 – The Sarnia Exhibit opens at the Lambton Heritage… Read more »

Bigger bands to rock growing Powerboat Festival in Sarnia

Bigger bands will give the boats a run for their roar at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival this summer. Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth are inked for the three-day August event, which is now Sarnia’s largest festival and one of the largest international events on the Great Lakes…. Read more »

The cat came back

Joe the Cat has been released from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital and into the care of the Sarnia and District Humane Society. Joe, who caused an international furor over animal cruelty after being shot 17 times with a pellet gun, lost an eye but has otherwise full recovered from his wounds. He has also helped… Read more »

Boaters riled by tough Canadian border rules

Recreation and tourism in Sarnia are being hurt by the Canada Border Services Agency’s get-tough policy on boaters who cross the international border, local officials say. The CBSA requires the operators of all boats who cross the line to report in by telephone, a requirement that’s not enforced by their U.S. counterparts, they say. As… Read more »

MPP probed on huge ‘town hall’ numbers

An eyebrow-raising number of people took part in a “telephone town hall” held by Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP on March 31. According to a news release from Bob Bailey’s office: “More than 7,600 constituents joined in and participated during the hour long call which included call-in guests Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton, and Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson.” Really?… Read more »

Track star follows path of local Olympian

Danielle Quinn says following in the footsteps of Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist and five-time NCAA champion Derek Drouin in the track and field program at the University of Indiana has been both challenging and motivational. “There’s a little more pressure because I’m from the same hometown as Derek.” said the St. Christopher grad…. Read more »

Massage franchise works out the kinks

Mike and Mary Jorgenson are introducing a new approach to massage therapy to Sarnia. They are franchise owners of Massage Addict, a membership-based massage provider with 15 locations in Ontario. The Jorgensons, each with 15 years of retail experience, have rights to the Southwestern Region. They opened their first Massage Addict on April 1 at… Read more »