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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 »

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 »