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‘Boo Boo Balm’ part of natural product line

She’s a problem solver, a single mom, an entrepreneur and a bit of a chemist. Sarnia’s Jen Smith, 34, has spent the last year in her kitchen developing her own line of body care products.  She makes everything from “Wondermama Bum Cream” to “Boo Boo Balm” on her stovetop, and pours each all-natural product into… Read more »

River City to appeal court decision

Financial and moral support is arriving from across Canada to help River City Vineyard Church appeal a court decision that shuts down its men’s shelter, says Rev. George Esser. “We’re getting support, especially from justice committees connected to various churches,” he said. It will cost at least $12,000 to appeal the Superior Court’s recent ruling… Read more »

Six things I love about Sarnia

Sarnia often gets kicked in the teeth, and frankly I’m sick of it. I tire of the naysayers and Internet trolls who run the city down at every opportunity. If they got out more they’d realize just how good we have it. So I’m coming to my city’s defence. Here, in no particular order, are a… Read more »

Local pair share joy of Clarkson Cup win

Two local women hoisted the Clarkson Cup after the Toronto Furies claimed the championship of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Sarnia’s Carolyne Prevost and Watford’s Meagan Aarts are still excited about their team’s dramatic 1-0 overtime victory against the defending champion Boston Blades in the title game televised nationally on TSN. Prevost, 24, tied for… Read more »

Sarnia’s longest performing singing group

When you wear flashy suits and sing in four-part harmony you’d think people would pay more attention. But the Bluewater Chordsmen often fly below the radar in Sarnia’s arts community, despite an illustrious history and high standard of “a cappella” shows sung in barbershop style. “We do, and I don’t really know why,” president Douglas… Read more »

Turning back the hands of thyme

In a greenhouse at Lambton College a team of volunteers is planting a giant crop of weeds. Goldenrod, milkweed, thistle – plants that Ontarians have been trying to eradicate for decades are being seeded, watered and nurtured with tender loving care. What’s junk to one person is treasure to another, and to a group of… Read more »

PHOTO SHOW: Sarnia through the looking glass

One local group is bucking the trend of dwindling interest and volunteer fatigue. The Sarnia Photographic Club is growing at a rate of 10% a year and today has more than 130 active members. “It’s one of the largest (photo) clubs in Ontario,” said vice-president Christine Roenspiess, who credits the rise of digital cameras and… Read more »

Sting draft Jacob Chychrun first overall

As expected, the Sarnia Sting selected 16-year-old defenseman Jacob Chychrun first overall in the OHL Priority Selection last weekend. The selection was made by Forest’s Tyler McGregor of Team Canada Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team at a news conference at the RBC Centre. “He’s a modern day prototypical defenseman,” said Sting Head Scout Nick Sinclair. “He… Read more »

Man arrested in BB gun shooting

Sarnia Police arrested a 23-year-old city man Thursday after he allegedly pulled out a BB gun and shot a man who was with his girlfriend and two small children. The incident began about 7 p.m. near Maxwell and Napier streets when the victim saw a man approaching with a scarf covering his face. The attacker… Read more »

How do you spell ‘logophile’?

Frayed nerves and red cheeks took centre stage when some of Sarnia’s brightest logophiles went head-to-head recently. The annual spelling bee hosted by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton and the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists drew about 30 competitors in Grades 3 to 8. “I wasn’t too nervous because I’ve been practising a lot,” said 10-year-old… Read more »