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Boat builder plans to seas the day

George Mathewson For the past three years Gianfranco Ronchin has been building a boat in his garage, and not just any boat. The 32-foot trimaran designed by a New Zealand company features unique features that make it easy to operate by just one person. “I like to sail by myself, sometimes in the middle of… Read more »

Local lacrosse player headed to nationals

Barry Wright Sydney McDonald is heading to Calgary next month, but the trip is far from a vacation. Rather than take in the Stampede or see the sights, the 17-year-old member of the Sarnia Pacers Intermediate squad will be panning for gold with Team Ontario at the Canadian Junior Girls Box Lacrosse Championship. She was… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of June 4

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general 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, June 3 Opera Luminata Opera Liminata,… Read more »

Former St. Pat’s footballer an emerging country music artist

Tara Jeffrey The story of Eric Ethridge’s unlikely foray into country music stardom is almost too good to be true. “It was kind of a happy accident,” said the 26-year-old Sarnia native, whose rising popularity has landed him a coveted spot at Canada’s largest country music festival, the upcoming Boots & Hearts in Oro-Medonte, Ont…. Read more »

OPINION: Time to stop the killing

George Mathewson Bluewater Power linesman Mike Leach was working to repair storm damage on Passingham Drive on Oct. 31, 2012, when something went horribly wrong. He and a co-worker had cleared tree limbs broken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and were beginning to work on a downed hydro line in Bright’s Grove. Leach, who… Read more »

Sarnia Sting introduce new blueliner

Barry Wright The newest member of the Sarnia Sting is expected to have an immediate impact on the club. 19-year-old Josh Jacobs has left the Michigan State hockey program and committed to the Sting for the coming season. “I’m very excited to be here,” said the right-hand shooting rearguard at an introductory news conference on… Read more »

Imperials launch new football season this weekend

The Sarnia Imperials kick off their Northern Football Conference home schedule on Saturday, June 6 against the Oakville Longhorns at 7 p.m. It’s the first of three straight home games in June for the Imperials. They entertain Sudbury on June 13 at 2 p.m. and Ottawa on June 20 at 7 p.m. The only other… Read more »

Lilacs in bloom

Bright’s Grove artist Emma Crossland is a study of concentration as she sketches the Lake Huron landscape while surrounded by huge lilac bushes at Mike Weir Park. “I enjoy being here,” she said, as the fragrance of lilacs scented the air. Glenn Ogilvie

Dominique Pegg looking to bounce back

Barry Wright Though her team finished fourth at the recent NCAA women’s gymnastics championships, this was a season Dominique Pegg of the University of Alabama would like to put in the rearview mirror. Plagued by a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a calf injury, the Sarnia Bluewater Gymnastics Club alumnus competed only sporadically during… Read more »

Republik Eatery brings upscale bistro to city

Cathy Dobson Days before opening, Okan Zeytinoglu’s new downtown restaurant is coming together nicely. There’s a glitch with the new bench seats and the outdoor signs have yet to go up for the Republik Eatery & Lounge, says general manager Laura Smith. But most of the renovations at 216 Front St. are done and chef… Read more »