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Fantasy in stone: Man’s beach creation is one-of-a-kind

George Mathewson Roger Laflamme has been dragging rocks from Lake Huron and adding them around his beachfront home on Devonshire Road for the past seven years. Stone by stone he’s created an amazing outdoor structure that’s as original in design as it is whimsical in execution. Laflamme started with a front porch and it took… Read more »

Tinkering done to ease congestion around busy commercial zone

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s most clogged commercial zone does not require a new vehicle entrance, although a few strategically-placed signs could improve traffic flow, says a study commissioned by SmartCentres. “The Quinn Drive area east of Barclay has the worst congestion in the city,” said Mike Berkvens, a development manager with the city’s engineering department. By… Read more »

Brewery rising to meet city’s untapped thirst

Cathy Dobson Just four months after its launch The Refined Fool Brewing Co is doubling in size, evidence that Sarnians have a thirst for local brewed craft beer. “We’re on batch 52 since opening in May, so that means we’ve made 20,000 litres of beer so far,” said Matt Barnes, one of 10 friends who… Read more »

Ebola screening underway at Lambton College

George Mathewson Lambton College has implemented screening protocols as the Sarnia campus welcomes about 55 students from Nigeria, a West African country struggling to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The international students are being screened on arrival for signs of fever, and are checked twice more during the 21-day incubation period of… Read more »

Fries under the bridge

Fries under the bridge Yet another cool summer day didn’t discourage these two long-time friends from enjoying French fries under the Blue Water Bridge. Courtney Thachuk, left and Rachel Hambrey, talked and reminisced while watching the changing scenery along the St. Clair River in Point Edward. Glenn Ogilvie

OPINION: Chronicles of Sarnia, Part 2

George Mathewson The city we call home is the only one on the planet called Sarnia, but people and places with the same name continue to pop up in far-flung corners of the globe. Back in March we ran a story called, ‘Chronicles of Sarnia: the lion, the lodge and the landscaper,’ which identified 10… Read more »

Thom Block built by our very own Major Thom

John Rochon The ornate Victorian red brick building that now houses our beautiful Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery has a 121-year history as the cornerstone of the downtown core. Home for many years to the Dominion bank and later the much lamented Saks of Sarnia, it began life as the studio of local photographer… Read more »

Vanished landmarks part of city walking tour

Cathy Dobson Nearly 20 brightly coloured signs are posted on buildings throughout Sarnia this summer, telling tales about places like the Colonial Hotel, the city’s first airport, Tabs Drive In and the Sarnia courthouse. Though they’re long gone, there’s a real effort to focus on many of Sarnia’s beloved landmarks. So what’s up with that?… Read more »

The eco-secrets beneath our feet

Cathy Dobson Twelve-year-old Caleb Gonzalez excitedly runs over from a dig site in Veteran’s Park with a clump of dirt and a small white shell in his hand. “Look what we found,” he says, showing Mary Abma, a local artist facilitating a youth workshop that marries science and history with art. “So what’s that mean?”… Read more »

Sarnia Braves mosquito team has great year

The Sarnia Braves Minor Mosquito Baseball team won both the London District Baseball Association regular season and the playoff championships in Ingersoll on Aug. 23-24. From left are, top row, coaches Aaron Buntrock, Dino Ferrera, Tom Duncan, Todd Pepper and Barry Johnson; second row, Mitchell Hart, Kaleb Nelson, Brett Hecimovich, Ben George; third row Logan Buntrock,… Read more »