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New owners begin revitalizing the old Greenwood Inn

Cathy Dobson Neighbours of the Greenwood Inn are happy to learn the building is undergoing renovation under new ownership. The building at 117 Christina St. has cool architecture and a bit of history but has fallen on tough times in recent years, despite operating with what seemed to be a viable Chinese restaurant and Liquid… Read more »

Help send all our overseas troops a Christmas card this year

Tara Jeffrey Melissa Chong is calling on the community to help spread some holiday support to Canada’s Armed Forces. “It was actually my dad’s idea,” Chong said of her father, Bill, of Haines Frontier Printing, where she’s taking over the family business. “He thought it would be a neat idea to run some Christmas cards,… Read more »

Drawbridge preparing to reopen as Insignia hotel in November

Cathy Dobson   Two Oakville developers are investing $4 million to gut the former Drawbridge Inn and open a four-star boutique hotel on Christina Street. One of the principals, Gord Laschinger, was involved in a defunct deal to redevelop downtown’s Bayside Centre last year.  He is no longer involved in the mall but said he… Read more »

Sarnia’s beaches this summer the cleanest on record

Troy Shantz It was a great summer to be a swimmer. For the first time since Lambton Public Health began regular water testing, no Sarnia beaches had to be posted for high bacteria levels. “We didn’t have any issues this summer,” said public health inspector Theresa Warren. “We’ve always had some postings, and this was… Read more »

Shipshape

The oil tanker Harbour Fountain has been getting a sprucing up at Sarnia Harbour’s Sydney Smith Dock in recent days. Here a Ukrainian deck hand named Sergie touches up the rusty spots by applying primer to the six-year-old Great Lakes vessel. Glenn Ogilvie

Jazz & Blues in the Village a fan favourite success story

Cathy Dobson It took years before Jazz & Blues in the Village hit its stride and grew into one of Sarnia’s premier music events and fundraisers. No one expected it would make money for at least five or six years, says long-time volunteer Connie Ellis. “We really struggled at first when we held it in… Read more »

Legalized marijuana raises many questions: mayor says

Troy Shantz Ontario’s plan to let the LCBO run the first 150 marijuana stores when Ottawa legalizes pot sales next year leaves many questions unanswered, Sarnia’s mayor says. The first 40 cannabis outlets, which will be separate from liquor stores, will appear next July in areas where “dispensaries” are illegally now selling weed, said Mike… Read more »

Got it

Brenda Hignett just couldn’t resist getting a shot of her three children during an end-of-summer outing to the Children’s Animal Farm in Canatara Park last week. From left are Peyton, 4, Cole, 6 and Tyler, 10. Glenn Ogilvie