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Bikers band together to fight childhood cancer

Bob Thomas and daughter Vicky, then 13, participating in last year's R.O.C.K. Ride. 
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It was 11 years ago Bob Thomas lost a daughter to cancer, but the passion that drove him to help other sick kids by launching a motorcycle event hasn’t waned. “Children are still dying. Children are still suffering from the treatment,” he said. “When they can finally close all the childhood cancer wards then I’ll… Read more »

New dentist office a crowning glory

Dr. Michael Rocca has opened a new dental clinic at Michigan and Front streets.
Cathy Dobson

Local dentist Dr. Michael Rocca is all about expansion this summer. He is expanding his Wallaceburg practice to Point Edward and he’s designed and built a clinic that has room to grow. On May 26, he opened a 4,000-square-foot dental clinic on the northwest corner of Michigan and Front streets, where Milano’s restaurant once stood…. Read more »

OPINION: Letting nature do its thing

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The area of Sarnia known as the Point Lands is an entirely human construct, built and backfilled by bulldozers to protect Sarnia Bay and its marina. It’s part our city’s enviable waterfront today, but was once the south end of a wetland of cattail and bulrushes that stretched from Sarnia Bay almost to Lake Huron…. Read more »

Modeland plaza plan gets rough ride

The future of the west side of Modeland Road south of Michigan Avenue will be discussed by city council on June 30.
Journal Staff

If Sarnia council allows commercial plazas to be built on Modeland Road it must do so against the advice of city staff and some very vocal residents. About 80 people expressed virtually unanimous opposition at St. Anne’s school last week to two proposed commercial developments, saying shopping plazas on the arterial road would forever alter… Read more »

Deer tick advisory issued

A blacklegged tick, also known as deer tick.
Centres for Disease Control Photo

Health officials are warning of a sudden increase in the type of ticks known to carry Lyme disease. Nearly 40% of all ticks submitted or collected by Lambton Public Health this spring are blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks. And for the first time a population has been confirmed in Pinery Provincial Park. Results… Read more »

Chipican a pond of a different colour

The water in Lake Chipican is a peculiar green colour this year, but no one seems to know why.
Glenn Ogilvie

The water in Lake Chipican is an odd colour this year, and has been for nearly two months. People have variously described the Canatara Park pond as a “fluorescent khaki” colour or “around-the-gills green,” depending on the light and the day. The ineffable hue has people scratching their heads. “Everybody’s talking about it,” said local… Read more »

Indiefest turns spotlight on local talent

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Sarnia’s homegrown talent showcase for new and emerging bands returns with a vengeance on June 28. Indiefest is both a Battle of the Bands spread over three Saturdays and a Youth Talent Showcase. ”Sarnia needs an outlet for the vast talent of independent bands, somewhere for people to have a great time and discover amazing… Read more »

Paddy’s kitchen boss defies stereotype

Lynne Cotton is the head chef at Paddy Flaherty's
Glenn Ogilive

Sarnia’s Lynne Cotton has never been able to figure out why more women don’t become professional chefs. “Male or female, if you love doing your job then it shouldn’t matter,” says the 46-year-old head chef at Paddy Flaherty’s Irish Pub. “Women are certainly just as capable in the kitchen as men. Obviously, it’s women who… Read more »