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Reigning monarchs: Raising butterflies a rewarding hobby

George Mathewson “Here’s one,” says Karen Durance, flipping over a leaf to reveal a tiny white dot. It’s an egg, the size of a pinhead. And if all goes well, in three weeks another monarch butterfly will leave her Sarnia backyard and head for Mexico. “It’s absolutely amazing to see it,” says Durance, who expects… Read more »

Sisters launch beautiful partnership

Cathy Dobson Tammy Kidd and Lori Metcalfe are sisters who don’t just get along, they enjoy working together too and are about to become business partners. The opening at their new Moya Medical Esthetics clinic on Exmouth Street is set for Sept. 2 The furniture is arriving, a fresh coat of paint is on the… Read more »

City teen swaps prom for Denmark

Some Sarnians are content if their hometown is their whole world. But at least one local teen says it’s important to explore the world beyond her hometown. That’s why 17-year-old Alysha Bork is a traveller. This week, she left for Denmark on a year-long Rotary exchange that will take her away from all that is… Read more »

City golfer, 90, plays weekly round

Joyce Cameron’s mother was 96 when she died, and her mom’s mom was 105. Which may help explain why every Tuesday in summer you can find Cameron at Greenwood Golf Club playing 18 holes in the women’s league. At the age of 90. “I can drive straight, just not as far as I used to,”… Read more »

Bees dying at worrisome rate

Sarnia beekeeper Ray Heeringa lost 80% of his bees last winter, and he believes he knows why. Heeringa points to a growing body of research that highlights the environmental threat posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, which are now the dominant insecticide in everything from planted corn and soybeans to pet flea collars. “Beekeepers are looking at… Read more »

Endangered peregrine falcon gets second chance at rehab centre

Miller, a 10-week-old peregrine falcon, perches on the hand of Erica Dimuzio, clinic manager of the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation. Glenn Ogilvie It was Miller’s lucky day. Well, sort of. After the baby peregrine falcon left its nest tucked high into the upper supports of the original Blue Water Bridge, he apparently attempted a… Read more »

Father, son both played third for Sarnia Braves

Brian Maxwell was coaching his 10-year-old son McKenzie when their team, the Courtright Cardinals, won the all-Ontario championship. And here’s the rest of the story. As the young Cardinals were still whooping it up, the senior Maxwell pulled on his uniform of the Corunna Giants, who were playing nearby for all the marbles in the… Read more »

Clock ticking on future of Cull Drain Bridge

The Cull Drain Bridge could still be saved and for less money than city hall believes, an historic bridge expert says. Nathan Holth said dropping the bridge into the creek to be dragged away by bulldozers – one option on the table – would cost nearly as much as removing it by crane intact for… Read more »

Point Edward chef has steaked out his turf

Steve Economou seems like a shy man until you ask him about how to cook a really great steak. That’s when he warms to the subject. “It’s all about the cut of meat,” says the chef who has been cooking steak in Sarnia and Point Edward for 42 years. “Not everyone likes the same. A… Read more »

Sport of archery takes flight

The popularity of The Hunger Games series has renewed interest in the sport of archery, especially among girls. But it wasn’t heroine Katniss Everdeen and her big screen prowess with a bow that drew 15-year-old Ali Kraayenbrink to the range – it was competition. “Actually, I thought the movies were kind of cheesy,” she said, before letting… Read more »