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Innovative program targets obese children

Cathy Dobson Health experts in Sarnia are seeing an alarming rise in the number of obese children and intend to fight the battle of the bulge with a unique strategy for families. An estimated 9,000 children and youth under the age of 19 are overweight or obese in Sarnia-Lambton, says Shaylin Kemmerling, a registered dietitian… Read more »

Letters, week of March 26

 Writer’s “facts” show why sex-ed needed Sir:  In his letter “Personal opinions or facts?” (03/12/15) is Keith Patrick confusing his “facts” with his religious beliefs on homosexuality? When he states that the Bible is “very clear” that homosexuality is not normal he must know that Biblical scholars have asserted that Jesus made no such claim…. Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: The words you use do matter

Thea deGroot In Grade 8 I learned how to write précis, summing up a whole paragraph worth of words into a short, succinct sentence. In the subsequent years, my world learned to write sound bites, a term first recorded in 1980 and originating in political campaigns.  News clips got shorter; even commercials raced to reduce… Read more »

Artwalk: Festival of the arts picking up the pace

Cathy Dobson While most of us are just waking up to spring, Ashley Tanguay has been thinking summer for weeks now. She is co-ordinating the 13th annual Sarnia Artwalk, a festival of the arts taking place Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. The event has grown up over the years to encompass food, dance,… Read more »

Scams: Fake phone numbers make mockery of Caller ID

George Mathewson Sarnians has been blitzed in recent weeks by telemarketing scammers who hide their real identity by displaying the fake telephone numbers of neighbours, local businesses – sometimes even the number of the receiver. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre it’s a twist on the classic phone phishing scam and it’s “rampant” right now…. Read more »

What’s Happening, week of March 26

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, March 25 Piano Recital Acclaimed… Read more »

New event helps kids ‘play it safe’

Tara Jeffrey Carol Butt wants kids to know they can have fun, without risking their lives. “Accidents are the leading cause of death for children and teens,” said the Sarnia mom, who’s launching the area’s first-ever “Play it Safe” — a hands-on event designed to remind youngsters and their parents about everyday safety issues. Geared… Read more »

Cyclone coming to your door Saturday

Cathy Dobson Get ready Sarnia. A Cyclone is about to hit! Hundreds of students from St. Patrick’s high school will diverge on neighbourhoods across the community on Saturday, requesting donations for the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Last year’s Cyclone Aid collected 32,000 pounds of food, enough to meet the Inn’s needs for nearly a month…. Read more »

New clinic promises ‘anti-aging’ options

 Cathy Dobson A female patient with just a few extra inches around the waist lies in a treatment room at Dr. Khalid Al-Saadon’s new anti-aging clinic on Christina Street. A wide bar attached to a machine called Vanquish is fixed about an inch above her midriff. It transmits a radio frequency that Al-Saadon explains is… Read more »