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Indoor soccer is the next step for Sarnia

The need for an indoor soccer facility remains a high priority in Sarnia, but Jay Noszenko says nothing is carved in stone. “I know there are rumours everywhere,” said the president of Sarnia FC. It’s widely speculated that Germain Arena will eventually be converted to an indoor facility, he said. “But Sarnia FC hasn’t heard… Read more »

Sarnians make 40-minute trek for fastball ‘home’ games

The Alvinston Indians are one of the hottest fastball teams in Ontario, and two Sarnians are a big part in the squad’s success. “There was never any thought of me not playing here (in Alvinston) after I moved to Sarnia,” said Aaron Stocking, the 28-year-old second baseman and former Wardsville resident. Stocking is among the… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

Hospital Auxiliary disbanding

An integral part of Sarnia’s hospital family is folding after nearly 70 years of hard work and camaraderie. “It’s a difficult decision but it’s time for us to go,” says Donna Small, president of the Bluewater Health Auxiliary. She has kept the group’s books since 1988 and been president for a decade. “I loved it… Read more »

Pizza shop owner bitten by new sign rules

Sarnia’s new sign bylaw has claimed its first victim. Mateo’s Pizza was told Tuesday it will need to remove its portable street sign on Lakeshore Road or risk being fined, said owner Matt Malott. “Cities should be helping businesses, not hindering them, “ he said. ‘This is completely and utterly ridiculous. It’s one of the… Read more »

OPINION: Noise complaint gets tuned out

Everyone has a noise they hate. Mine is barking dogs. Still, I can’t dredge up much sympathy for the lone music critic whose noise complaint could have derailed the outdoor concert series at Paddy Flaherty’s. In recent years the Irish pub on Seaway Road has lured some remarkably high-end talent to its patio stage. Juno… Read more »

So, why is the Cull Drain now called Perch Creek?

This aerial photo shows the Cull Drain Bridge, at top, spanning the mouth of the Cull Drain where it enters Lake Huron just east of Telfer Road. But a sign at the second bridge on Lakeshore Road, in foreground, identifies the waterway as Perch Creek. This image, by the way, is the second released from… Read more »

A big pizza, no matter how you slice it

Ken Dunn is a character; a fun-loving, wisecracking adventurer who just happens to love cooking. “It’s simple and it’s entertaining,” says Dunn, who has worked at a huge list of restaurants over the past 40 years. He’s helped open countless diners, shown new owners the ropes, operated his own restaurants and even earned his way… Read more »

Antique boat show winners

Jeff Horley, owner of the Would…Aye The 4th annual Antique & Classic Boat Show was held at Sarnia Bay Marina on July 18. Following are the winners: People’s choice:  Wooden sailboat, the “Would…Aye,” owned by Jeff Horley, of Brigden. Captain’s choice: “Lena Estelle,” owned by John Mathais, of Algonac, MI. Most Original: “Wet Pet,” owned by Bob Guldemond, of… Read more »

Happy trails to you

A member of the Silver Spoke cycling club salutes in passing on the Howard Watson Nature Trail. The London-based club visted Sarnia to try out the city’s highly-regarded recreational trail. Glenn Ogilvie