Guitarist finds big, appreciative following on YouTube

Troy Shantz What started as hastily produced video uploaded to YouTube in 2009 has turned into a worldwide following for Sarnia guitarist Cole Rolland. Rolland, 24, began playing guitar at age 10, but his notoriety began in high school when, on a whim, he recorded and uploaded a video of himself playing guitar. “I shot… Read more »

Vet recounts Kapyong, Canada’s brutal and forgotten battle

Tom St. Amand and Tom Slater Sarnia’s Bill Oldale remembers his sergeant asking if he were scared. When the 20-year-old replied yes, the officer nodded. “Good, you’ll be ready, then. Anyone saying they’re not frightened is lying.” It was April 22, 1951 and Private Oldale and 700 other members of the 2nd Battalion of the… Read more »

Sting flying high

Sarnia native Justin Fazio led his hometown Sarnia Sting to a 5-1 victory over the archrival London Knights in a game televised nationally Saturday on Sportsnet. Fazio made 23 saves for his 29th win, tying a team record for victories in a season. The win also helped the Sting clinch a playoff berth and extend… Read more »

Valentine’s Day traditions may be older than you think

Phil Egan I stumbled across an interesting fact recently – that the oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine’s letter dating from the 1400’s. The letter, it turns out, is held today in the manuscript collections of the British Museum. Penned in French by the Duc d’Orleans, it was written while he was… Read more »

City’s grants policy may change

Troy Shantz Sarnia city council approved some $147,000 in municipal grants this month, but may change how funds are handed out in the future. Grants were approved for six local groups at the Jan. 15 council meeting, ranging from $200 for the Lambton Farm Safety group, to $72,000 for the Sarnia Physician Recruitment Taskforce of… Read more »

Northern grad enjoys work on award-winning comedy show

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s Brad Miller would spend hours as a boy browsing new releases at Blockbuster Video, trying to find something to watch with his dad on the weekend. “Eventually I’d come out with, like, five,” he said. Today, the 33-year-old Northern Collegiate grad is making a career in Ontario’s film industry, working at technical… Read more »

Rash of house fires keeps city fire crews hopping

Tara Jeffrey A string of structure fires occurring at the rate of one every three days has stretched the city’s fire crews thin this year. “They’ve been fast and furious,” fire safety educator Mike Otis said of at least 11 structure fires – including back-to-back call-outs twice in January. “It’s been kind of a crazy… Read more »

‘Strangers’ explores the emotional minefield of Alzheimer’s

Troy Shantz A new Theatre Sarnia production opening this week navigates a difficult topic with laughter and tears. Strangers Among Us offers a bittersweet look at the lives of people impacted by Alzheimer disease, says director Norm Francoeur. Written by Canadian playwright Aaron Bushkowsky, the story follows Gabrielle and Michael who, after a chance introduction… Read more »

Eek! Ice puts monthly lake plunge in jeopardy

Tara Jeffrey A Bright’s Grove man who has taken a monthly plunge into Lake Huron for nearly three years says he doesn’t want to see his streak end any time soon. “I’ve been in the lake at least once a month for 35 months straight,” said Rob Rodenhuis, 49, who is often joined by pal… Read more »