Seeing Holmes Foundry site for sale after 17-year fight bittersweet for original investor

Cathy Dobson Ray Lariviere is celebrating the end of a convoluted court case that has finally allowed the former Holmes Foundry property to be listed for sale. An Ontario Supreme Court decision means a key 16-acre property marking the entrance to Ontario can now be developed. The court settlement is sealed and the details confidential…. Read more »

Liquidation store owners see a post-Sears opportunity

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s newest liquidation store is a joint venture for three local men who have been friends since high school. Kyle Deloof, 34, owner of Davy Jones Quality Meats on Confederation Street, brings retail experience to the team and is responsible for embracing the concept. “The owner of Norpac, a fellow I purchase meat… Read more »

U35 Champions

The Art & Letters team is the 2017 Treble champions in the Sarnia FC adult rec league’s over 35 division. From left are, front row: Keith Sokol, Lucio Pasqual, Kelvin Mahabir, Toby Rae, Al Dillon, Chris Marshall, Jason Tassone, Alvis Edwards and Steve Ferencsik; back row: Coach Les Thomson, Paul Burke, Sam Benjamin, Blair Young,… Read more »

Backyard photographer charms birds out of the trees

Troy Shantz Sarnia photographer Russ McPhee is proof you don’t have to venture far afield to record great wildlife photos. In fact, when it comes to capturing the antics of birds, he seldom ventures from the comfort of his own backyard. “I don’t tell people I’ve shot them in the backyard,” said McPhee, 68, of… Read more »

Take it or leave it

Although it started a bit later than usual this fall, Sarnia’s the annual battle with leaves has now been joined in earnest. Here, Wayne Pegg and two other groundskeepers blow leaves into piles for collection at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. A crew of five will be busy until the end of November cleaning up… Read more »

Ballerina, 14, returning to Sarnia for The Nutcracker

Cathy Dobson Former Sarnian Annabelle Holland is being welcomed back on stage by the ballet school that inspired her to begin dancing at the age of four. You could say Holland has the plum role in Shirley Schram’s Sarnia Ballet School’s Nutcracker excerpts. “I know Annabelle has the passion to be the Sugarplum Fairy,” says… Read more »

Sarnia home to 1,000 international students

Troy Shantz Andres Bustamante is no longer afraid to go outside at night. The International student at Lambton College said wandering around Sarnia after dark is not like venturing into the treacherous streets of his home in Caracas, Venezuela, a city of 4.5 million. “Barely anyone goes out on the street after 6:30 (p.m.) because… Read more »

Could next year’s municipal election be vulnerable to vote tampering?

Troy Shantz With Sarnia committed to a paperless ballot in the next municipal election residents have been asking whether the new electronic voting system could ever be compromised. The short answer is yes, experts say. But it’s highly unlikely. A local IT expert experienced in information security said breaking into the system Sarnia has commissioned… Read more »