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OPINION: Homeless court fight a pathetic waste

George Mathewson Sarnia’s dogged court fight to prevent The River City Vineyard church from giving homeless people a hot meal and a bed for the night has cost taxpayers $163,730.39. So far. What city hall has spent on legal fees could have provided several thousand homeless people with emergency overnight accommodation. The money paid to… Read more »

Sarnia broadcaster hits OHL milestone

Barry Wright A Sarnian has reached a milestone in the Ontario Hockey League. Leigh Cunningham, director of broadcasting and communications for the Saginaw Spirit, was behind the microphone for his 1,000th league broadcast when the Michigan team played the Sarnia Sting at the RBC Centre in late November. The achievement dates back to the 1998-99… Read more »

City couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

Marco Vigliotti Alfred Ruffilli vividly remembers the carefree drive he took around Sarnia on a Saturday afternoon some 75 years ago that led to his first date with Noreen. Cruising the town, Alfred spotted her with a group of girls – some of whom he recognized from SCITS – congregating near one of their homes…. Read more »

Holiday house league tourney ready to roll

Barry Wright While Silver Stick hockey tournaments abound in and around Sarnia over the next several weeks, another lesser-known tournament is also bringing together hundreds of players for some solid competition. The 14th annual Tim Horton’s Christmas House League Tournament opens bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 and continues through the… Read more »

City woman’s ‘bottle tree’ is a living sculpture

George Mathewson Susan Averill was headed to her blue box with an armload of empty bottles when the inspiration struck. Stopping short, she stuck five of them on the branches of her young catalpa tree. Tada! Sarnia’s “bottle tree” was born. Over the past six years the living sculpture at the corner of East and… Read more »

Lucasville: A long-lost hamlet makes triumphant return

Tara Jeffrey A series of new signs popping up in Sarnia may have caused some motorist to do a double take. “I’ve had a few calls come in,” city planning manager Kevin Edwards said, referencing the Lucasville signage recently posted near what’s commonly called the ‘Beehive’ intersection. The long-lost hamlet, located on Plank Road, near… Read more »

COLUMN: Thank you Mrs. King, and Merry Christmas

Tara Jeffrey My Christmas tree is a far cry from anything you’ll see in a catalogue. Most of the ornaments are homemade or hand-me-downs; there’s no theme, and nothing matches, but each one has its own story. One ornament, in particular, gets special treatment — a red wooden doll, hanging from a gold string. She’s… Read more »

City comedian part of coast-to-coast road tour

Cathy Dobson   How is Sarnia’s Andrew Barr contributing to the cross-country comedy tour he’s on with two buddies? “I’m the one most willing to sleep on the floor at the hotel and that’s pretty important when all we get is one room for the night,” he jokes. “I’m also super-duper funny.” Barr, 22, climbed… Read more »

‘Discoveries that Matter:’ New brand to promote community

Cathy Dobson Rarely does a community choose a marketing logo and tagline that doesn’t contain its name but, then again, Sarnia-Lambton’s new branding choice is unique in a lot of ways, says the CEO of the Toronto marketing firm that conceived it. “Normally, you’d have a geographic reference and usually a single entity about the… Read more »

Health campus plans unveiled

Marco Vigliotti Transforming the former Sarnia General Hospital into a campus for healthcare-related businesses should spur further revitalization in the area, says the five-member investor group behind the project. But neighbours wants assurances the proposed redevelopment doesn’t cause parking and congestion problems, and they worry the site will host Bluewater Health’s new 24/7 residential withdrawal… Read more »