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A new twist on local networking

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 »

Painting takes his brushes and easel outdoors

Not even a hurricane can keep J. Allison Robichaud from practising his art. A Canadian landscape painter now living in Sarnia, Robichaud is known for his “plein aire” or open air technique, which means working outdoors with his paints and easel. In November of 2012 as Superstorm Sandy pummeled the city, Robichaud was determined to… Read more »

UPDATED: Spring brings return of the swans

March is here, which means warmer weather, clearer skies, and a chance of swans!  As we watch this winter’s accumulation of snow melt, an epic journey is taking place right over our heads. Thousands of tundra swans are travelling through southern Ontario on a 6,500 km flight from Chesapeake Bay to nest in the Canadian… Read more »

Shivering wildlife invade city homes

Four-legged creatures seeking central heating and a free meal are invading Sarnia homes in droves this winter. Squirrels, raccoons and skunks are among the most prevalent break-in artists, but feral cats, chipmunks and even opossums are appearing frequently on the wrong side of the door. The coldest winter in 30 years and months of continuous… Read more »

Playing the game stateside

Two Sarnia-area boys made an impact playing hockey in the U.S. this year. John Chartrand and Joshua Mackenzie, both 9, were members of the Macomb Mustangs, a Squirt Major AA team, which is the equivalent of Atom Major in Ontario. Chartrand is a goalie and Mackenzie a centre and assistant captain. The team had a… Read more »

Homeless shelter without a home

Dave Johnston doesn’t know where he would have gone if it weren’t for the River City Vineyard homeless shelter. And now the 18-year-old from Kettle Point is convinced a court decision to close the controversial shelter will force other homeless men onto the street. The church shelter is located in a mostly residential area, where… Read more »

Blending flavours from around the world

Paresh Thakkar is all about originality. He’s proud to say there isn’t an item on the menu at his restaurant that he didn’t create. Thakkar, 34, opened Personal Touch Eatery & Catering in the fall of 2011 with a degree in economics and accounting, a diploma in culinary management and the credential of a Red… Read more »

New Karen Caughlin video attempt to jog memories

The sister of Karen Caughlin, Marylou Schwemler, seen here with her husband, holds in her emotions as the OPP screen a new video that investigators hope will jog memories about a 40-year-old murder case. The 14-year-old Caughlin went roller skating with friends at the Rose Gardens in Point Edward and was expected at a friend’s… Read more »

HISTORY: Bubble, bubble, beer and trouble

With the arrival of the new Refined Fool Brewing Company in May, a colourful 150-year tradition will have returned to Sarnia. George Russell founded Sarnia’s first brewery in 1862, an act for which grateful residents named a street in his honour. Russell sold his ales and porters on Front Street until another Sarnian, the tea-totalling… Read more »