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New flower shop carries on a 50-year business tradition

Paulina Dillon at the new Paulina’s Flower Shoppe on Murphy Road.
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Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Paulina Dillon is all about new trends and fresh approaches, but she also honours tradition. Her front counter at the new Paulina’s Flower Shoppe is a good example. It displays funky new cards and jewelry and a few unique arrangements, alongside an info board explaining her shop was home to Buchner’s Flowers… Read more »

College expansion


Work is proceeding on a major expansion at Lambton College. On the left, steel girders frame a 40,000-square-foot athletics and fitness complex that will boast a 1,240-seat gymnasium. Also under construction are a 60,000-square-foot Nova Chemicals health and research centre, and an expansion of the Centre for Excellence in energy and bio-industrial technologies. The workers… Read more »

Home for the medically fragile preparing to expand

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Cathy Dobson A unique home in Sarnia’s north end where medically fragile residents enjoy exceptional quality of life is about to nearly double in size. Standing Oaks is the name of the grey brick bungalow that will soon add four bedrooms, bringing total capacity to nine residents, says Dave Ashdown, a board member at Community… Read more »

Remember when girls had to attend ‘Home Ec’ classes?


Phil Egan My wife Laurie and her sister, Mary, tell school tales about “home economics” that would sound strange to today’s school kids. Laurie went to High Park School but remembers hurrying over to Hanna Memorial for “Home Ec.” They had a full kitchen in the school, and the girls in Grades 7-8 were required… Read more »

Businesses hoping to improve communication with City Hall

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Troy Shantz Four Sarnia businesses have launched an ‘Independent Business Consortium’ in a bid to improve communication with City Hall. “This is a group of independent businesses who are just looking to come together to present issues or concerns proactively,” said member and spokesperson Scott Palko. Palko, the owner of the Sarnia marketing and design… Read more »

Beach bummer


The job of a summer lifeguard can be a lonely one when the weather doesn’t co-operate. These two veterans huddle under an umbrella while scanning a nearly deserted Canatara Beach in a rain shower last week. Erika Lange, left, is a five-year lifeguard studying to become a teacher at Western University, while Mackenzie Turner, a… Read more »

Week of July 20

Whats Happening

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Thursday, July 20 Summer Music Summer Music… Read more »

Week of July 20

Letters to the editor

I bought them and I planted them, so they are my trees Sir: I am the owner of a 60-by-157 foot lot in the north end of the city, which was once a farmer’s field. One of the first things we did after moving in was to plant two trees – one in the front… Read more »

Sarnia plant could help revolutionize bottled water industry


Troy Shantz A California startup hoping to transform the bottled water industry by producing a renewal bottle is building its steppingstone plant in Sarnia in part to capitalize on local expertise, its CEO says. “One of the reasons why we picked Sarnia was because thelabour force is highly-skilled and knows how to do exactly the… Read more »

Are male teachers becoming an endangered species?


Troy Shantz When students return to Lakeroad School for classes this fall they might notice something different. The public elementary school in Sarnia’s north end will have no male teachers on staff. Zero. The absence of any men at Lakeroad is the culmination of a trend that began in the 1970s when 45% of all… Read more »