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New business welcomed downtown with open arms

Cathy Dobson This is a tale about how one new Sarnia business caught on thanks to the efforts of another small business.  It’s about downtown rejuvenation and how a business community helps itself by helping newcomers. Nadia and Constantine Arvanitis opened the Under Wraps Café at 108 Christina St. three months ago. They describe it… Read more »

Sarnia schools get summer overhaul

Cathy Dobson When students return to classes on Tuesday they’ll find an almost unprecedented numbers of renovations and building projects at Sarnia schools. All new classrooms, heating systems, parking and fewer portables will get the school year off to a good start, officials say. The largest project by far is the completion of a $14.6-million… Read more »

The lowdown on Festival of Good Things

Cathy Dobson Sarnia will end the summer celebrating an abundance of good things ranging from good deeds done in our community to good music and good times. It all comes together at the second annual Festival of Good Things on Friday and Saturday, says organizer Chris Lewis. “Last year we were brand new and about… Read more »

Self-taught chef has built loyal following

Cathy Dobson Selina Ip arrived in Sarnia from her native Hong Kong in 1990 with no business or restaurant experience and only rudimentary English. Five years later, at age 32, she had learned the language, learned something about North American cuisine and opened South East Café at 110 East St. South. “I didn’t even know… Read more »

Basketballer to play pro in Madrid

Barry Wright Sarnia’s Kendel Ross is about to embark on the next leg of her basketball journey. After recently being released from Team Canada, the 26-year-old Northern Vikings grad will wing her way to Spain this month to play professional basketball. She signed a one-year contract with a Madrid team for a season that runs… Read more »

Sushi chef rolls into town

Cathy Dobson To watch Hoon Chang prepare a plate of fresh sushi is to watch an artist at work. He focuses hard, rarely pausing, rarely looking up as he rolls and slices several specialty rolls, arranges them on a platter, tops with sauce and adds a live flower garnish. Presentation is important, he says. So… Read more »

Blackwell named for railway boss

George Mathewson Sarnia has two roads called Blackwell – Blackwell Road and Blackwell Sideroad – and like the crosshairs on a gun sight they intersect at the Blackwell train station. Or, more precisely, where the Blackwell train station used to be. The station and community that grew up around it were named for Thomas E…. Read more »

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 »