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OPINION: Letting nature do its thing

The area of Sarnia known as the Point Lands is an entirely human construct, built and backfilled by bulldozers to protect Sarnia Bay and its marina. It’s part our city’s enviable waterfront today, but was once the south end of a wetland of cattail and bulrushes that stretched from Sarnia Bay almost to Lake Huron…. Read more »

Modeland plaza plan gets rough ride

If Sarnia council allows commercial plazas to be built on Modeland Road it must do so against the advice of city staff and some very vocal residents. About 80 people expressed virtually unanimous opposition at St. Anne’s school last week to two proposed commercial developments, saying shopping plazas on the arterial road would forever alter… Read more »

Paddy’s kitchen boss defies stereotype

Sarnia’s Lynne Cotton has never been able to figure out why more women don’t become professional chefs. “Male or female, if you love doing your job then it shouldn’t matter,” says the 46-year-old head chef at Paddy Flaherty’s Irish Pub. “Women are certainly just as capable in the kitchen as men. Obviously, it’s women who… Read more »

Sarnia’s Ron Fogarty to coach hockey at Princeton

Sarnia’s Ron Fogarty has been named head coach of the men’s hockey team at Princeton. The St. Patrick’s High School grad and former Sarnia Ranson Bee forward leads all active NCAA coaches in win percentage, but takes over a struggling hockey program at the famed Ivy League university. Fogarty is the son of Mike and… Read more »

New chapter for star basketballer

Caroline Hummell is not one of those athletes who began excelling at a sport as a toddler. In fact, the 18-year-old basketball star has only been playing hoops for six years. Hummell said she was a shy pre-teen and her mom gave her the choice of attending a drama camp or a basketball camp to… Read more »

Young Sarnians build Habitat home

An unlikely partnership between a group of Sarnia teens and an immigrant family from the Congo culminated Thursday in an emotional celebration on the front lawn of the Esengi family’s new home on Maple Avenue. “This is the first home we’ve owned in Canada and, when I die, it means I have something to leave… Read more »

Legacy lives on: Jim Stokley Scholarships awarded

A scholarship established in memory of the late businessman and Bayfest co-founder Jim Stokley has paid dividends for two local students. Amanda Griffith, 30, and Amanda Graham, 18, both of Sarnia, each received $2,900 to further their education at Lambton College. In just five years the Stokley scholarship has grown into a $500,000 pool of… Read more »

Local gymnast wins gold at nationals

Not many 12-year-olds can claim to be part of a national championship team. But Amy Bladon of Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics Club can. Bladon was a member of Team Ontario, which captured gold at the Novice Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team competition at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships held recently in Ottawa. The top three scores from the… Read more »