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Sarnia accent just ‘aboat’ does it

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As an American who visits Sarnia frequently Bill Miskell is struck by the differences in speech between here and Port Huron. Though separated only by a narrow river the two cities have surprisingly different linguistic traits. “The big one for me is how you say “out” and “about,” and the way you use ‘eh’ at the… Read more »

A Sideways look at pub fare

Chef Brian Hall holds a dish of chicken tetrazini at Sideways Classic Grill. With him are, from left, Ashley Bedard, Martin Rocheleau and Ryan Schiestel. 
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Lucky regulars at Sideways Classic Grill sometimes get to share complimentary samplers when chef Brian Hall experiments. Conjuring up new sauces and food combinations, then seeing how the patrons like them, is how Hall develops his menu. Creating new flavours for traditional pub food has become an ongoing project for Hall since he conceived Sideway’s… Read more »

OPINION: Sarnia better off with Harbour

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Generations of Sarnians to come can only hope that Mike Kelch is wrong. Kelch was the lone naysayer when city council held its nose last week and voted to accept ownership of Sarnia Harbour. Many councillors had serious reservations about the deal, which will see Ottawa hand over waterfront land and $8.56 million for current… Read more »

Theft arrest sealed with a kiss

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A 25-year-old woman who blew a kiss at a passing Sarnia police officer was arrested Saturday after the officer recognized her as a wanted theft suspect. The patrolling officer was driving past a business in the area of Vidal and Devine streets when his attention was drawn by the would-be flirtation. Unfortunately for the woman,… Read more »

Power plant closed, but back door open

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The employee count at Lambton Generating Station will be down to just 50 by the end of this week. Yet there’s still a possibility two of the power plant’s units could be resurrected one day using natural gas or biomass as fuel. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says two of Lambton’s four units are being shut… Read more »

Skillas brothers have fun with food

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“We love people and we love food.  Just look at us,” laughs Greg Skillas, patting his belly. He and brother Chris grew up in the restaurant business and say they know the recipe for success. They own and operate Mike’s Pizza at Eastland Plaza, Christo’s Pizza & Burgers at 415 Exmouth Street, and are about… Read more »

COLUMN: Odds of survival not great

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 “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.” – Woody Allen   In case you didn’t know this already, the U.S. National Safety Council has determined that the average human has a 1 in 1 chance of dying of some cause in his or her lifetime…. Read more »

On cakes, meat pies and winners

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  BAKE ME A CAKE EXPANSION Local cupcake queen Amy Bourgon has moved her Bake me a Cake operation to Mitton Village so her customers can have a small café to enjoy a sweet treat.  There’s even a cupcake-themed play area for the kids. “We’ve got seating for seven, better parking and a lot more… Read more »

When the Grove got its groove on

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A group of 150 community volunteers have worked to improve Kenwick-on-the-Lake in Bright’s Grove with a new gazebo and play equipment. The next phase, which came before city council this week, includes a basketball area, tennis court repairs and more benches on Lakeshore Road. But before it was a park, Kenwick-on-the-Lake was an open-air pavilion… Read more »

Centennial Park fix won’t come cheap

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The job of reopening Centennial Park could begin this summer under a proposed restoration plan that comes with an eye-popping $8.5 million to $12.6 million price tag. Concept plans presented to city council this week would see ground contaminated with lead and asbestos in areas of the waterfront park removed or covered over with “geotextile”… Read more »