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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 »

Love in the age of aquarium

Jack VanderAa, president of the Sarnia Aquarium Society, with some of the 29 tanks in his Sarnia home.
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The keeping and breeding of exotic fish is the raison d’etre of the Sarnia Aquarium Society, a group still going strong after more than 40 years. “Our members keep some fish that no longer even exist in the wild,” says president VanderAa. “We’re not big, but we’re very active.” Fish breeding, as it turns out,… Read more »

Little cat stirs big following

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A little cat from Sarnia has galvanized people around the world to speak out against animal cruelty. Almost three months after the cat named Joe was found bloodied on Lakeshore Road, an online petition demanding stiffer penalties for people who hurt animals has more than 25,000 signatures.  The supporters live as far away as the… Read more »

Shipping season has resumed

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The 2014 Great Lakes shipping season has resumed after a late start. Here, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley heads south past Port Huron on the St. Clair River to assist with ice breaking duties. Glenn Ogilvie, The Journal

Outstanding business achievement awards handed out

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Following are the winners of the 2014 Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce OBAs. The awards gala was held at the Imperial Theatre March 28. Congratulations to all the nominees and this year’s winners. Employee Relations: Bluewater Power Young Entrepreneur: SHINE Professional Dental Hygiene, Corynn Lumley Marketing and Promotions: Ask Guy Event Graphics Citizen of the Year:… Read more »

City firefighter honoured for charity work

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A Sarnia firefighter has been honoured for his “amazing” work with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Chris Ireland was presented with the Extra Mile Award in Toronto recently, given annually to a firefighter or fire department that goes the extra mile. “He’s done an amazing job,” said Kerri Stocks, a spokesperson in the London office. “He’s become… Read more »

City basketball league champs crowned

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The Assante Capital Management team has been crowned this year’s champs in the Sarnia Men’s Basketball League. In the final, Assante downed Fuel Factory 71-51, with Andy Wedemire the top scorer (25 points). Nathan Dixon led Fuel Factory with 20. In the consolation final Lekoz Tap & Grill defeated Jack Doyle’s 61 – 57. The… Read more »

Clara Hughes visit to Sarnia

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Six-time Canadian Olympic medalist Clara Hughes visited Sarnia Tuesday after biking 175 kilometres from Windsor, part of Clara’s Big Ride to help eliminate the stigma of mental health issues. Here she waves to greeters at Lambton College, where about 200 people turned out to give her a warm welcome. Photo by Spencer Drake

Mom and son busted for drug trafficking

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A Sarnia mother and her son have been charged with drug trafficking. City police entered a home in the 200 block of Durand Street Tuesday night and arrested a 47-year-old woman and her son, 19, who lives at the same address. Drugs worth more than $5,000 on the street were seized, including hydro-morphone tablets, codeine… Read more »

A new twist on local networking

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Four professionals want to reinvent networking in Sarnia. Registered social service worker Christy Primmer, Magic realtor Chad Kaplin, financial consultant Tiffany Branton and independent broker Mike Duerden, have launched “Las Friday,” a social event held on the last Friday of every month. “It’s an evening to meet other people and support local business,” said Kaplin…. Read more »