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RAIL on the right track

When Ross and Donna Free, both in their 80s, discovered they couldn’t purchase VIA Rail tickets in Sarnia a few days prior to their trip, they drove through a snowstorm to buy them at the London station. The Frees couldn’t find a phone number for the Sarnia station and didn’t have a computer to buy… Read more »

BUSINESS: Realtors open new downtown office

Three local realtors say their commitment to keeping their staff long-term will create a successful new Century 21 franchise in Sarnia. Cris LaPointe, 36, Sean Ryan, 30, and Jeff McLaughlin, 29, spent the week unpacking chairs and setting up new offices at 201 Front St. North. They are equal partners in Century 21 Bluewater Realty… Read more »

Sarnia team rewarded for its community service

The coaching staff of the Sarnia Lady Sting Atom “C” Hockey Club wanted its players to understand that playing hockey this season would be much more than just  the on-ice fundamentals of passing, shooting and scoring. “We wanted the girls to know that being part of a team also means giving back to the community,”… Read more »

Police not fooled by man’s cool hiding spot

A Sarnia man who hid from police in a refrigerator is now chilling out in jail. City police visited a residence in the 200 block of Durand Street Monday and spotted a 20-year-old man outside wanted on six outstanding warrants. The man went inside the building; police followed and after a short search found the… Read more »

Sarnia accent just ‘aboat’ does it

As an American who visits Sarnia frequently Bill Miskell is struck by the differences in speech between here and Port Huron. Though separated only by a narrow river the two cities have surprisingly different linguistic traits. “The big one for me is how you say “out” and “about,” and the way you use ‘eh’ at the… Read more »

A Sideways look at pub fare

Lucky regulars at Sideways Classic Grill sometimes get to share complimentary samplers when chef Brian Hall experiments. Conjuring up new sauces and food combinations, then seeing how the patrons like them, is how Hall develops his menu. Creating new flavours for traditional pub food has become an ongoing project for Hall since he conceived Sideway’s… Read more »

OPINION: Sarnia better off with Harbour

Generations of Sarnians to come can only hope that Mike Kelch is wrong. Kelch was the lone naysayer when city council held its nose last week and voted to accept ownership of Sarnia Harbour. Many councillors had serious reservations about the deal, which will see Ottawa hand over waterfront land and $8.56 million for current… Read more »

Theft arrest sealed with a kiss

A 25-year-old woman who blew a kiss at a passing Sarnia police officer was arrested Saturday after the officer recognized her as a wanted theft suspect. The patrolling officer was driving past a business in the area of Vidal and Devine streets when his attention was drawn by the would-be flirtation. Unfortunately for the woman,… Read more »

Power plant closed, but back door open

The employee count at Lambton Generating Station will be down to just 50 by the end of this week. Yet there’s still a possibility two of the power plant’s units could be resurrected one day using natural gas or biomass as fuel. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says two of Lambton’s four units are being shut… Read more »

Skillas brothers have fun with food

“We love people and we love food.  Just look at us,” laughs Greg Skillas, patting his belly. He and brother Chris grew up in the restaurant business and say they know the recipe for success. They own and operate Mike’s Pizza at Eastland Plaza, Christo’s Pizza & Burgers at 415 Exmouth Street, and are about… Read more »