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Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »

Powerboat Festival loads up

A water-filled trough the length of half a football field will appear on Front Street next month when Sarnia’s largest annual street party returns The artificial pond will provide a venue for wakeboarding demonstrations, the latest freebie at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival. “It’s 180 feet long by 30 feet wide (55 metres by… Read more »

Grandma was this chef’s inspiration

You might think a guy like Justin Inkpen, the strapping 29-year-old night supervisor at Stoke’s Bay Grill and Bar, was inspired to cook by someone with a lot of testosterone, like TV’s Gordon Ramsay. But Inkpen credits his grandma. “My grandma was like a second mom to me and she was always in the kitchen,… Read more »

Florida décor fits club to a tee

Julie Wyville credits a night of carousing in Florida last Christmas for the spectacular redesign of the clubhouse restaurant at her family’s golf course. “This all sprung from that trip south,” she says, looking around the new Muddy Waters Liar’s Lounge at Greystone Golf Course. For years the clubhouse had more of a licensed snack… Read more »

Business fire on Davis Street

Sarnia firefighters battle a blaze at the rear of a business on Davis Street, between Mitton and Mackenzie on Friday, July 11. Fire and police officials arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Roads in the area were closed off and the cause of the blaze had yet to be determined. Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

The Mack is back on Saturday

Get out the lawn chairs, grab the binoculars and pour on the sunscreen! One of the biggest local traditions of summer is here. For those who grew up in Point Edward and Sarnia, the annual Mackinac yacht race is a part of the community’s fabric. For those who witness it for the first time, it’s… Read more »

Sarnia’s ‘lost’ beach on legal quicksand

Peter Fisher, of Passingham Drive, points to a deck built on a public right-of-way near Bright’s Grove.  Glenn Ogilvie The question of who can use Sarnia’s “private” beaches has long been a legally murky one. But it’s arisen again now that city hall is looking to reaffirm public ownership of an unmaintained right-of-way near Bright’s… Read more »

Young sailors make waves at Sailfest Sarnia

The Sarnia Yacht Club offered sailor’s a perfect trifecta last weekend –wind, warm people and wonderful water. “Most people in this province have no idea about how beautiful Lake Huron is,” said Joanne Abbott, chair of Sailfest Sarnia’s organizing committee. “It can look just like the Caribbean in July, and feel like the Caribbean. People… Read more »