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Powerboats a hit

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Sunday’s international powerboat races were a big hit with crowds on both sides of the St. Clair River. This shot, taken during the time trials, was submitted by reader Laura Austin.

Trattoria recipes passed down through generations

Antonietta Mele, right, works closely with Sonia Koundakjian in the kitchen at Salvatore's Trattoria E Ristorante.
Cathy Dobson

Cooking comes naturally to Antonietta Mele. “It’s second nature to me. I don’t measure anything. I just cook. “It’s just who I am.” Mele has worked in a restaurant kitchen most of her life. Shortly after immigrating to Canada from Italy as a little girl, Mele’s parents, Salvatore and Teresa Lopetrone, started Riverside Pizzeria in… Read more »

Powerboat festival a roaring success

Brothers Mike, left, and Rob Kilbreath take a closer look at the classic powerboat "Miss Supertest" during the 2014 International Powerboat Festival in downtown Sarnia last weekend. Using a modified Spitfire aircraft engine the boat, which was built in London and had all her mechanics and machining done in Sarnia, packed a top speed of 202 kilometres per hour.
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Even Sarnians who didn’t head downtown for International Offshore Powerboat Races last weekend probably heard them. Live music and roaring speedboats anchored the soundscape of the festival, which drew huge crowds to the shoreline of both Sarnia and Port Huron. The three-day event was organized to be family-friendly, with a line-up of street performances that… Read more »

Clock ticking on future of Cull Drain Bridge

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The Cull Drain Bridge could still be saved and for less money than city hall believes, an historic bridge expert says. Nathan Holth said dropping the bridge into the creek to be dragged away by bulldozers – one option on the table – would cost nearly as much as removing it by crane intact for… Read more »

Soccer playoffs loom

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Dante Musokotwane, in white, and teammate Gavin Brophy, in gold, sprint ahead of challenger Liam Bone during a Sarnia FC U-9 boys soccer practice at Germain Park. The program semi-finals take place Aug. 22 with the finals going Aug 23 at 11:45 a.m. at Germain Park pitch. Glenn Ogilvie

Child mental health services cut

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St. Clair Child and Youth Services is laying off staff to cover a budget shortfall. Two full-time positions have been axed that will impact prevention and treatment services, said executive director Rick Shields. He said the government’s practice of not adjusting funding to inflation is taking a toll on the children’s mental health sector. “This… Read more »

Lawn bowling winners

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The pairs team of Sandy and Nick Symes of Sarnia won the annual Breast Cancer Society Tournament at the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club on Aug. 4. Twenty-two teams from across southern Ontario participated in the event, which raise more than $1,200 for the Breast Cancer Society. Submitted Photo

Point Edward chef has steaked out his turf

Steve Economou has been perfecting the art of steak grilling for more than 40 years. He is now owner of The Open Grill Steakhouse in Point Edward.
Cathy Dobson

Steve Economou seems like a shy man until you ask him about how to cook a really great steak. That’s when he warms to the subject. “It’s all about the cut of meat,” says the chef who has been cooking steak in Sarnia and Point Edward for 42 years. “Not everyone likes the same. A… Read more »

Sport of archery takes flight

Ali Kraayenbrink, 15, takes aim at the Lambton Sportsmen's Club archery range.
Glenn Ogilvie

The popularity of The Hunger Games series has renewed interest in the sport of archery, especially among girls. But it wasn’t heroine Katniss Everdeen and her big screen prowess with a bow that drew 15-year-old Ali Kraayenbrink to the range – it was competition. “Actually, I thought the movies were kind of cheesy,” she said, before letting… Read more »

Sarnia tennis players victorious on tour

Andrew Davies, left, and Mattias Mueller, both of Sarnia, are this year's Little Caesars Junior Tennis Tour champions, in the 18-and-under and 14-and-under categories respectively.
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Two tennis players from Sarnia have claimed overall division championships on the 2014 Little Caesars Junior Tennis Tour. Mattias Mueller and Andrew Davies were each victorious on the final tour stop in London on July 27, allowing them to claim the 14-and-under and 18-and-under boys’ titles respectively. Mueller and Davies each won three of four… Read more »