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Grandma was this chef’s inspiration

You might think a guy like Justin Inkpen, the strapping 29-year-old night supervisor at Stoke’s Bay Grill and Bar, was inspired to cook by someone with a lot of testosterone, like TV’s Gordon Ramsay. But Inkpen credits his grandma. “My grandma was like a second mom to me and she was always in the kitchen,… Read more »

180 attend city’s first Dinner in White

The inaugural Dinner in White Bluewater brought a touch of elegance to Sarnia’s waterfront last week. About 180 diners got together to break bread and sip wine to the sounds of live jazz on the terrace at First Sarnia Place. And, yes, they really did all wear white. Dinner in White originated in Paris 25… Read more »

Dream Home thinks big

The Dream Home Lottery is offering a larger prizeboard to mark its 20th year. In addition to the home itself, 66 other prizes are available including a trip for two, a diamond, cash prizes and $500 vouchers. The home is currently under construction at 41 Kamal Dr., backing onto Michigan Road near Modeland Road. The… Read more »

Florida décor fits club to a tee

Julie Wyville credits a night of carousing in Florida last Christmas for the spectacular redesign of the clubhouse restaurant at her family’s golf course. “This all sprung from that trip south,” she says, looking around the new Muddy Waters Liar’s Lounge at Greystone Golf Course. For years the clubhouse had more of a licensed snack… Read more »

Business fire on Davis Street

Sarnia firefighters battle a blaze at the rear of a business on Davis Street, between Mitton and Mackenzie on Friday, July 11. Fire and police officials arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Roads in the area were closed off and the cause of the blaze had yet to be determined. Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

Veteran chef shares his knowledge

A good cook doesn’t keep secrets, says Tony James, one of Sarnia’s most experienced and respected chefs. “I think every chef has a duty to pass on their knowledge,” he said. “It’s important that young chefs are taught to do things the right way, the traditional way, and then they can put their own spin… Read more »

The Withers are Sarnia’s first family of javelin

A family that throws together grows together. That could be the adage of the Withers clan from Bright’s Grove. Dr. Marty Withers, an Ontario Junior Javelin Champion in 1979, has coached and trained with all four of his children in the sport. Tyler, Benjamin and Jennifer have all tasted success in the discipline, but it… Read more »

OPINION: Centennial Park haircut sign of things to come

The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence, but it is longer. Work crews will begin cutting the overgrown field called Centennial Park any day now, the first visible sign the job of reopening the city’s beloved waterfront park has really begun. City councillors signed off on a plan last week that… Read more »

The Mack is back on Saturday

Get out the lawn chairs, grab the binoculars and pour on the sunscreen! One of the biggest local traditions of summer is here. For those who grew up in Point Edward and Sarnia, the annual Mackinac yacht race is a part of the community’s fabric. For those who witness it for the first time, it’s… Read more »

Sarnia’s ‘lost’ beach on legal quicksand

Peter Fisher, of Passingham Drive, points to a deck built on a public right-of-way near Bright’s Grove.  Glenn Ogilvie The question of who can use Sarnia’s “private” beaches has long been a legally murky one. But it’s arisen again now that city hall is looking to reaffirm public ownership of an unmaintained right-of-way near Bright’s… Read more »