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OPINION: About those jobless numbers

George Mathewson Sarnia still has not yet fully recovered from the Great Recession of 2008, but it is getting there. Another good sign arrived last week in a report showing Sarnia-Lambton’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3% in November. That’s the lowest it’s been in five years, and a pretty dramatic improvement from early in 2012… Read more »

Grove teen getting by with a little help from his friends

Tara Jeffrey When twin brothers Justin and Jordan Hyde learned their best friend had been diagnosed with cancer, the next move was a no-brainer. “Shaving our heads wasn’t even a question — it was a given,” said 16-year-old Jordan, who has known Nick Coady since the third Grade, growing up three doors down in Bright’s… Read more »

Sarnia Harbour gamble paying off

George Mathewson City councillors crossed their fingers and took a deep breath and when voting to assume ownership of Sarnia Harbour last year. After all, operating Great Lakes shipping wharves, warehouses and water lots has been the federal government’s job, beyond the city’s normal scope of road repairs and garbage collection. But now, 10 months… Read more »

Major art exhibition coming to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Gallery officials are calling it a game changer. “This is the big one,” says Lisa Daniels, curator of the publicly-owned Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia. “This is why we’ve worked so hard for the past three years to build a gallery that has a Category A status.” In eight… Read more »

When opportunity knocked, marketer opened the door

Cathy Dobson A one-man marketing company has purchased one of its competitors, added four employees, and moved into new offices at 203 Christina St. North. Chris Gardner of Cipher Interactive is the man behind the acquisition. He was raised in London, married a woman from the Sarnia area, and worked in Toronto for nine years… Read more »

Golden Girl bowling ‘em over at 93

Barry Wright Laura Paquette walks confidently up to the line at Marcin Bowl, reaches back and proceeds to throw a strike. Nothing unusual about that, perhaps, except Paquette is 93 years old. Each Tuesday she meets up with friends at the Point Edward bowling lanes for a session lasting up to two-and-a-half hours. “I enjoy… Read more »