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Saucy Pig aims to smoke the competition

Cathy Dobson Gary Maybery says his competitors better look out because another wood smoker is in town now and the ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious. The veteran cook, who worked 15 years in steakhouses and other food operations, admits he was surprised when a new barbecue smokehouse opened in Sarnia just days before his Saucy Pig… Read more »

Marathon man: Former chain-smoker on brink of joining world’s running elite

Cathy Dobson It’s all or nothing with Dick Felton. Of course, the 30 half-marathons he’s run are arguably the exception. But then again, he’s countered that with 19 full marathons in the past decade. “I’m a Type A personality,” says the 69-year-old retired owner of several industrial-based businesses in Sarnia. That helps to explain Felton’s… Read more »

OPINION: County sued for rubbing salt in the wound

George Mathewson A Lambton County farmer who doggedly fought back when his fields were damaged by excessive road salt has shown why you should never give up when treated poorly. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded Joseph Steadman and his wife Evelyn $107,352 last month for crop losses and devalued lands, a decision that… Read more »

Sarnia writer has soft spot for weird cars

Tara Jeffrey Michael Banovsky’s first spoken word was ‘car.’ “Growing up, my dad watched car-racing all the time, and there were always car magazines lying around the house,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia native, explaining his love for everything automotive. “It’s just something that’s always been there.” While attending St. Patrick’s High School, Banovsky worked after… Read more »

City brothers could battle in CIS basketball playoffs

Barry Wright There’s a better than average chance two Sarnia brothers will go head-to-head in the second round of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s basketball playoffs. Fourth year guard Joe Rocca plays for the fourth-ranked McMaster Marauders, while young brother Mike, a sophomore, is a guard with the University of Windsor Lancers. Windsor is… Read more »

New rock climbing venue wants to take you higher

Cathy Dobson The longtime owner of Sarnia Lazer Blast has high hopes that adding a rock climbing attraction will take his venture nowhere but up. “I think it will give new life to the business,” says Fred Herbert.  “The laser tag doesn’t really make it on its own but I think people will come if… Read more »

Helping victims of violence start over again

Cathy Dobson When Susan left an abusive relationship she and her children arrived at the Women’s Interval Home in Sarnia with little more than some clothing and bed sheets. Nearly a month later, after some important, life-changing decisions to make a fresh start with her children, Susan had to begin from scratch. “I wanted to… Read more »

Valentine’s Day: Let me call you sweetheart, barbershop style

Cathy Dobson Nothing says “I love you” like a barbershop quartet showing up in your bedroom with an early morning singing Valentine. “That was funny,” recalls baritone Ian Crosbie, who has been delivering singing Valentines with his fellow Bluewater Chordsmen for 15 years. “We had a morning booking at a house where a husband wanted… Read more »