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Russia takes U-17 hockey crown

Russian defender Mikhail Sergachyov (#5) snags the puck before USA forward Kailer Yamamoto (#55) can get a shot away on goalkeeper Maxim Kalyayev in the gold medal game of the World Under 17 Challenge Nov. 8 at the RBC Centre. Russia defeated the U.S. 2-1 for gold while Sweden took bronze by defeating Finland. Canada… Read more »

Kris Kringle to visit city on Dec. 6

Marco Vigliotti One of the surest signs of the impending holiday season is upon us, with the Sarnia Kinsmen Society preparing for the Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 6. “We normally have 45 to 50 floats, and that’s been pretty standard over the years,” said parade organizer Bob Marks. The parade will start 6 p.m…. Read more »

St. Clair grad wins Canadian soccer crown

Barry Wright Denver Spearman is basking in the glory of a national championship. The 22-year-old St. Clair Secondary graduate was part of the London-Marconi side that won the Canadian Club Soccer Championship last month in the GTA. The game was scoreless through regulation and extra time before Marconi beat Calgary Caledonians on penalty kicks, 4-2,… Read more »

Sarnia’s mayor calls this year’s budget “toughest ever”

Marco Vigliotti City taxpayers face the unenviable option of higher taxes or fewer services under the proposed 2015 budget. The spending blueprint recently unveiled to the new council recommends a 6% property tax increase – much higher than the 2% target the outgoing council gave city staff. Finance director Brian McKay said municipal insurance costs, salaries… Read more »

Plan to displace Nature Trail for road has stiff opposition

Marco Vigliotti The long-planned extension of The Rapids Parkway on the Howard Watson Nature Trail could lead to other intrusions on the beloved path, warns a man spearheading a campaign to halt the project. Tom Bernard says building a road over the trail where it passes beneath Highway 402 is a dangerous precedent that would… Read more »

Renowned scientist’s passion for aquatic life began in Sarnia

Marco Vigliotti As a child growing up in Sarnia, Karen Kidd developed an affinity for water that she credits with helping shape her distinguished academic career. The stark contrast in her hometown of picturesque water and smoking petrochemical facilities familiarized the renowned scientist at a young age with what would become her life’s work –… Read more »

College transmutes in-house inspiration into artistic gold

Cathy Dobson Lois Nantais gets animated when she talks about art, particularly the new Lambton College exhibit she’s co-ordinating at the Lawrence House. “I absolutely took a risk and I’m really proud of how it turned out,” says Nantais, a writer and poet who teaches at Lambton. “Art is ever-present at the college. It’s what… Read more »

Infertility lonely plight for couples

Tara Jeffrey In the beginning, Julie and Marcel Blais thought that parenthood would just happen naturally. “You think you’re going to get married, have kids, get the white picket fence, etc.,” said Julie Blais. “You don’t ever think it’s going to be years of struggle.” She’s talking about the roller coaster journey the Sarnia couple… Read more »

ReRun’s restaurant is ready to roll

Cathy Dobson ReRun’s featuring Hari’s Famous Spring Rolls was open less than 24 hours and the lineup was almost out the door. “People are coming in for spring rolls and leaving with poutine and burgers as well,” said owner Hari Srinivasan, smiling from ear to ear. He could barely find time for a quick interview… Read more »

Guest Column: The War of the Squirrels

Ginny Schleihauf You may have common everyday squirrels. I do not. I have marauding hordes that come out at night, mass between my shrubs and the porch, and set out with tiny picks, axes and diesel-powered backhoes to attack my garden. I’ll admit, I’ve never actually seen them wearing their little hardhats and ear protectors… Read more »