Lack of volunteers puts SMAA at risk

Troy Shantz The Sarnia Minor Athletic Association’s (SMAA) baseball program was faced with a grim reality this summer: find more volunteers, or cancel next year’s season. “We managed to get through with 14 people. We need 25 to 28 people,” said league chairperson Steve Hamilton. “It was a pretty heavy workload for us.” The league… Read more »

Street party and car show come together at Invade the Close

Troy Shantz Nearly a decade ago, Sarnia resident and car buff Dan Moore had a vision for his Rutherglen Close neighbourhood. “(Dan) looked over on the lot there and he said, ‘geeze, we could have a neat car show here, couldn’t we?’” recalled friend Garry Work. “And me, like a dummy, said, ‘sure!’” That ambitious… Read more »

Repair shop gives new life to former UBE building

Cathy Dobson Jason Button is head mechanic at Sarnia’s newest commercial truck and trailer repair shop in the former UBE building. Opening the shop to the general public is the newest business venture for JDW International Trucking, a local company that moved into a large portion of the former wheel manufacturing plant in 2015. “I… Read more »

Yep, these cowboys do a bang-up job on the shootin’ range

Troy Shantz Once a month, a dusty posse of cowpokes meet at a firing range to affirm who’s the fastest gunslinger in the west. Well, west Lambton, anyway. Cowboy action shooting is a competitive game held at the Lambton Sportsmen’s Club. It’s a multi-gun match in which competitors are timed with pistols, rifles and shotguns… Read more »

‘Completely avoidable highway carnage’

Cathy Dobson Increased enforcement may be one of the only ways to stop the string of serious truck crashes plaguing westbound Highway 402 near the border, say local OPP. “I can think of no other reason for these collisions than distracted driving,” said OPP Const. Chris Doupe. “I find it a bit frustrating that people… Read more »

Massive ship anchor given to city by water-loving family

Tom St. Amand When the second Blue Water Bridge was completed in July of 1997 local residents were anxious to see the new addition to their famed riverfront. And they weren’t disappointed. During the grand opening an estimated 75,000 people walked across the $100-million bridge built just south of the original span. During all that… Read more »

Man suing Sarnia Police for $1.25M

Tara Jeffrey A Sarnia man is suing the city’s police services board and three officers for $1.25 million after an alleged assault at a north end convenience store, last year. According to the suit, filed in Ontario Superior Court on Aug. 24, Todd Campbell, 28, alleges he was assaulted by an off-duty police officer while… Read more »

Climbing into the dentist chair I’ve been seeing double lately

Phil Egan They are intelligent, compassionate, empathetic and great with kids. And, not that it’s the least bit important, but they also happen to be identically beautiful. Dr. Vanessa Curran and Dr. Jessica Bourassa are twins, and they operate a dental practice together at 929 Michigan Ave., across the road from Northern Collegiate. It has… Read more »

Roller Derby not just for adults anymore

Troy Shantz Ryleigh Boone was a 12-year-old dancer when she realized she just wasn’t that into it. Her mom and aunt introduced her to roller derby. Now her name is Killer Styx. “I wasn’t really a ‘dancer’ and all the other girls were going to competitions and all that,” she said. “Kind of like a… Read more »