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City teen aims to crack national junior baseball roster

Barry Wright Tyler Whitbread continues to climb the baseball ladder. The 17-year-old St. Clair Secondary student has been chosen to Canada’s preliminary 31-man roster for the 18U World Cup in Japan next September. The lanky right-handed pitcher was given the nod after his performance during a 12-day tour against Major League Baseball Instructional Teams in… Read more »

City firm’s software a boon to food banks

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia startup is helping food banks around the world get to the root of why people need emergency assistance. “I believe that what we’re going to do will have a big impact,” says Rob Dawson, founder and CEO of Link2Feed, his new company at 1315 Michigan Ave. Link2Feed’s software has been developed… Read more »

OPINION: Giving our neighbours the royal flush

George Mathewson Two discharges of partially treated sewage to the St. Clair River in September are a reminder that the largest infrastructure project in Sarnia’s history isn’t done yet. Sarnia has managed to shed its reputation as the worst water polluter on the Great Lakes, thanks to $70 million being spent so far replacing antiquated… Read more »

Sarnia, here’s your new city council

Sarnia voters gave Mayor Mike Bradley a resounding mandate Monday night, electing the city’s longest-serving mayor to a record ninth term. And when Bradley settles into his familiar mayor’s chair once again, three new faces will be joining him at city hall. Here is the nine-member team chosen to lead Sarnia for the next four… Read more »

Lambton Concert Band conjures up 100 years of music

Cathy Dobson Some are seasoned musicians. Others are novices. Whether 15 or 90 years of age, all are committed to ensuring a high-caliber performance, says Tessa Catton, musical director of the Lambton Concert Band. “We use music that’s at a certain level,” says Catton.  “All of it is harder. We just have to push people and,… Read more »

Employer found job-ready candidate

Marco Vigliotti Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the Goodwill Career Centre Jim Vergunst admits he was initially skeptical when approached by the local Goodwill Career Centre last year about using its service to hire a new employee at his Sarnia-based marketing and communications firm, Grafiks. Not entirely too familiar… Read more »

To Autumn: A fall photo feature

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe, And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers. Amanda Cohoon appears… Read more »

Torontonians cashing in their chips help drive record home sales

Marco Vigliotti Low interest rates, affordable prices and a swelling tide of seniors moving from the Toronto region are credited with propelling Sarnia home sales to unexpected record heights. Donna Mathewson, sales representative with Royal LePage, says a combination of opportune financial conditions and a wave of newcomers is responsible for pushing home sales past… Read more »

Colourful mural created for children grieving a loved one

Cathy Dobson The freshly-painted pandas, parrots and butterflies adorning the wall in the children’s room at St. Joseph’s Hospice are a colourful and lasting gift from the Sarnia Artists Workshop. “It’s the first thing the children see when they walk into the room,” says Kellie Van Hooren, children’s program co coordinator at the hospice. She… Read more »