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Saddle Club rides off into the sunset

Members of the Lambton County Saddle Club, from left, Bob Johnson, George Lemoine, and Wendy Lemoine. 
Cathy Dobson

Maybe if a youth program had encouraged younger riders. Maybe if the price of membership had been bumped up. The last few members of the Lambton County Saddle Club will never know what could have saved it. All they know is the property taxes are owing and the only way to pay them is to sell… Read more »

OPINION: Sunday hunting is a bad idea

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Sarnia is one of a dwindling minority of Ontario municipalities that does not allow Sunday gun hunting, but that could soon change. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has asked the city to allow hunting on Sunday, saying the extra day would better manage wildlife numbers and provide a pro-active approach to farm crop… Read more »

It works! Grand Bend tornado first true test of new emergency warning network

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Decades of trial and error in Sarnia-Lambton have finally resulted in an emergency notification system that works. The challenge now is to get more residents to register. My CNN (Community Notification Network) is a rapid-dial computer system able to make 22 phone calls a second during an emergency. Three months ago, the industries that make… Read more »

Diggers checking Enbridge pipelines for potential cracks

Crews dig up an Enbridge pipeline to check for suspected cracks at the end of this temporary access road off Mandaumin Road in Sarnia.
Heather Wright

Heather Wright A new road has appeared in the middle of a Sarnia cornfield on Mandaumin Road. If you look hard, way back in the knee-deep stalks, you might just see construction workers digging into the rich earth. They’re part of Enbridge Pipeline’s preventative maintenance plan for Lines 7, 8 and 9, which run from… Read more »

Cull Drain bridge could collapse

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The Cull Drain Bridge is a risk to public safety and should be removed immediately, an engineering report says. High winds could cause a partial or total collapse of the 104-year-old bridge, city hall said Aug. 1 after receiving the report. Engineers found “significant deterioration” since prior inspections. The bridge was fenced off two years… Read more »

A concrete plan for Sarnia’s wooden boardwalk

The Front Street boardwalk between Davis Street and John Street.

Sarnia is taking the boards out of its boardwalk. The wooden walkway on the west side of Front Street has been a popular place from which to watch activity on the St. Clair River for generations. But the timber structure, last replaced in 1991, is rotting and warped and a chronic maintenance headache. So it’s… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Professional dog-walker Rebecca Cole leads Kiska west on Cathcart Boulevard and into Canatara Park during a recent morning outing.
George Mathewson

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

A big pizza, no matter how you slice it

Ken Dunn of Kenny's Pizza on Mitton Street works on the principle that size matters. Any customers who can eat an extra large in one hour gets it free and their photo placed on the 'Wall of Honour.'
Cathy Dobson

Ken Dunn is a character; a fun-loving, wisecracking adventurer who just happens to love cooking. “It’s simple and it’s entertaining,” says Dunn, who has worked at a huge list of restaurants over the past 40 years. He’s helped open countless diners, shown new owners the ropes, operated his own restaurants and even earned his way… Read more »

Historical novel set in Point Edward

Don Gutteridge, author

Don Gutteridge’s memories of growing up in Point Edward are so colourful and rich, he chose his hometown as the backdrop for his latest historical novel. “Lily’s Story” is a sweeping period piece that recounts many key events in the history of Point Edward and Lambton County during the life of the fictional Lily. “I… Read more »