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Sarnia’s new BBQ joint has smoking hot opening

Cathy Dobson Liz Chartrand and Brendan Bain were fairly confident their new barbecue and smoke house would be busy, but the first month of business has been off the charts. “Usually you want to ease into it,” says Chartrand, who also owns Lizards Bar & Grill on Exmouth Street. “We didn’t do any advertising when… Read more »

Girls Silver Stick takes centre stage

Barry Wright Teams from Ontario, Michigan and one from Colorado will be in Sarnia this weekend for the 17th annual Lanxess Girls Silver Stick Finals. Fifty-four teams begin play at the RBC Centre and Clearwater, Sarnia and Point Edward arenas on Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. The tournament continues through the championship games on… Read more »

City boy’s yarn has happy ending

George Mathewson It was a broken iPad that led Michael Kabat to become an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Informed by his mom he’d need to pay half the $150 repair bill, the 11-year-old Sarnia boy taught himself how to knit infinity scarves. He did it by watching a YouTube video and then launched a business. He… Read more »

OPINION: eBingo a game-changer for charities

George Mathewson After being thrown overboard during Ontario’s rush to slot machine riches, the operators of bingo halls that are still afloat have finally been tossed a lifeline. Sarnia once had 11 bingo halls and vied with Windsor for the title of Bingo Capital of Ontario. Today, we have one lone survivor, Bingo Country, which… Read more »

Local track athletes fare well at Michigan meet

Journal Staff The Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club had a banner day at the recent Simmons-Harvey Invitational event at the University of Michigan. Building on the football success of her alma mater, former Ohio State Buckeye Maggie Mullen took first place in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 18.83 metres. Meantime,… Read more »

Lambton Lions men edge St. Clair

Jason Marshell of the Lambton Lions player drives to the net with Trevelle Blythe of St. Clair College is hot pursuit during a Jan. 16 OCAA match. Lambton, the sixth ranked team in Ontario, downed St. Clair 83-79 in the intense match at the Sarnia campus. Bruce Smith Photo

Hiawatha offering 21 Saturday harness racing dates this year

Barry Wright Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre will push for more live harness racing dates in future, but for now president Jim Henderson is resigned to the fact the Ontario Racing Commission has allocated 21 dates for the coming racing season. “I would have liked to have had more,” said Henderson. “The optimum amount… Read more »

A third generation of backyard rink-making

George Mathewson You hear it before you see it, the snick of blades on ice and the thump of puck on boards. The rink Bill Rose has built behind his Isabella Street home is more than 70×30 foot patch of ice. It’s also a neighbourhood magnet and cultural tradition as old as Canada itself. Every… Read more »