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Track and field championships underway in Sarnia

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Sebastian Smith nails a jump at the LSSAA track and field championships that began Tuesday at LCCVI in Petrolia. Smith cleared 6.37 metres to win the junior boys long jump, and 185 centimetres to win the high jump competition. The competition continues Wednesday. Bruce Smith Photo

OPINION: Tear down the fence

The Cleveland-Sarnia Saw Mills on Sarnia Bay opened in October 1901, cutting logs shipped from the Georgian Bay and Nipissing regions by tug boats. The mill continued to produce mainly heavy construction grade lumber until the late 1920s, when the Great Depression forced the mill to shut down. Photo courtesy, Sarnia Centennial Committee

City council did the prudent thing last week by postponing a million dollars worth of upgrades in Centennial Park. Priority one must be removing the fences and restoring public access to the park, two-thirds of which has been off limits since the discovery of toxic lead and asbestos in the soil. The new lighting and… Read more »

Mural, mural on the wall

Wayne Wager, chair of the Sarnia Heritage Committee, stands at CN Tunnel Mural in downtown Sarnia, which faces an uncertain future.
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In the year of Sarnia’s 100th anniversary celebration a key heritage display is in dire need of repair. City officials say the enormous mural on the north-facing exterior wall of Grace Brothers Antiques will come down permanently if $20,000 can’t be found to fix it. “From a community standpoint, it’s a real shame that wall… Read more »

And the livin’ is easy

Fresh from exams, college and university students are returning to Sarnia from across North America with job hopes, bags of laundry and a taste for home cooking. Here, Erin Babby, right, a French and Spanish-language student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Selah Edlington, a communications student at Ryerson University, swap stories and share photos on… Read more »

Local goalie eyes future with Sting

Kaden Fulcher plans to make his mark on the Ontario Hockey League. The Sarnia Sting nabbed the local player in the 13th round of the OHL Priority Selection last month off the roster of the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget “AAA” team. The 15-year-old from Brigden called it an honour to be taken by his… Read more »

Roller Derby gals seek fresh blood

Nadine Dafoe, a.k.a. Buffy BodyBag, of the Sarnia Anti-Socialites, charges ahead during a recent roller derby game in London.
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The Sarnia Roller Derby League is inviting newcomers to try one of the fastest growing sports in North America. “I like the alter ego that you become when you play,” says Dana Johnson, known as ‘Wild Child’ on the track. “How can you not have fun on roller skates? she asked. “Have you ever seen… Read more »

Lola’s chef flexes his mussels

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The first time Mike Jacques donned a chef’s hat and coat, he was helping prepare food for a grand opening attended by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “I was a Grade 12 co-op student in the cafeteria at St. Francois Xavier high school the year it opened, and we made quiche for the mayor,” he recalls…. Read more »

Sarnia celebrates first 100 years in style

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City Hall was a busy place last week when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. The birthday party featured a cake-cutting, the St. Clair marching band and school choir, a town crier and a trio of centenarians. Children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and… Read more »

Coronation Park dodges bullet, for now

Coronation Park Day Nursery has been given a three-week reprieve. Lambton County councillors agreed last week to postpone a decision on closing the popular but money-losing facility until June 4. County staff have advised shutting down the Oak Avenue day care because it’s running a $1.1-million deficit. But a coalition of staff and parents quickly… Read more »

Sitara’s Indian cuisine made with tandoor oven care

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It’s been a challenge for Manjit Singh to find a chef to prepare authentic Indian cuisine at his Sitara Indian Cuisine restaurant. Luckily, the full-time health specialist is also talented in the kitchen. “I truly believed from day one that if I wanted to run a restaurant, I’d have to be very involved,” says Singh,… Read more »