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Coronation Park day nursery on chopping block

Sarnia’s mayor is asking Lambton County to take a deep breath before closing Coronation Park Day Nursery. A staff report is recommending county councillors vote to close the Oak Avenue centre by June, a move that would kill 40 jobs and see the building sold. Mike Bradley said the largest county staff layoff in history… Read more »

Man charged with luring young girls

Sarnia Police have charged a 52-year-old Forest man with luring young girls over the Internet. Police say the charges relate to Facebook interactions involving two young girls over several weeks in March. The girls were known by the man, who was taken into custody, police say. The man is charged with two counts of luring… Read more »

Sarnia confronts addiction problem

It’s critical that a residential facility open soon to help Sarnians with serious addictions, says Mayor Mike Bradley. Sarnia’s alcohol and drug problem is “significant and deep,” he said. As a new outpatient detox program launches this month for those with mild to moderate addictions, the people who need residential withdrawal management can’t be forgotten,… Read more »

Gymnasts win four provincial medals

Amy Bladon of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club is heading to the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa in May. The 12-year old captured a silver medal in the Floor Exercise in the National Novice Division at the Ontario Gymnastic Championships in Windsor. She also finished in the top seven on Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Vault… Read more »

Designation preserves historic city home

As special features go, Mulberry House is a gem. Few houses have front steps made from discarded headstones, and intricate stone carvings over the front windows. Canada’s second Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie reputedly built the house at 197 London Road years ago. For many years, it was the home of late Sarnia mayor Marceil Saddy. … Read more »

Taking bread to the (science) fair

Nadine Kooy, 10, left, of Sarnia Christian School, and Abby Vrolyk, 10, of Confederation Central School, baked up some fun and claimed exhibition silver and a cash prize with their “Bread Science” entry at the Lambton County Science Fair held at Lambton College. A total of 83 participants entered 65 projects ranging from the health… Read more »

Local music festival Canadian one-of-a-kind

Churches and schools will rings with music when the Lambton County Music Festival returns for an amazing 85th year. More than 500 participants have signed up to compete at six locations in Sarnia between April 21 and May 1. Few organizations survive 85 years, and even fewer do so with the independence of the Lambton… Read more »

John DeGroot named Citizen of the Year

John DeGroot is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t mind fundraising. While others might dislike asking for donations for their favourite cause, DeGroot says he chooses projects that bring “good stuff” to the community and surrounds himself with people he considers strong. That makes it possible for his ideas like the Awesome Foundation to… Read more »

Upsurge of UFO sightings over Sarnia

Mysterious red and white lights witnessed by several people over Lansdowne Park on March 30 were the latest in an upsurge of UFO sightings over Sarnia. The circular objects hovered in the night sky, changed direction, and at one point moved toward each other, a Borden Street resident told the Mutual UFO Network, a non-profit… Read more »

‘Umami’ delicious in any language

You’re familiar with sweet and sour, salty and bitter. But do you know the taste of umami? Greg Laviolette says umami is his specialty. “It’s the fifth flavour,” explains the chef at Greens Organic Café on the corner of Lochiel and Christina streets. “Umami translates from Japanese and means deliciousness.  When you’re cooking and it… Read more »