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‘Umami’ delicious in any language

You’re familiar with sweet and sour, salty and bitter. But do you know the taste of umami? Greg Laviolette says umami is his specialty. “It’s the fifth flavour,” explains the chef at Greens Organic Café on the corner of Lochiel and Christina streets. “Umami translates from Japanese and means deliciousness.  When you’re cooking and it… Read more »

Lawrence House bounces back from the brink

After teetering on the brink of closure, the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts is solidly back in the black. “I couldn’t have imagined it would be this good,” says chairman Leonard Segall. A year ago, he and new board secretary Lynne Brogden were credited with rounding up a dynamic group of 12 new board members… Read more »

A local idea that mushroomed

Score one for Sarnia’s research park A Sarnia-based tech developer is teaming up with Canada’s largest mushroom producer to build a facility in Ontario using a process developed at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park on Modeland Road. The $1.4 million project will convert waste from mushroom farms into a liquid mineral fertilizer, said Mohammad Rahbari,… Read more »

Local soccer prodigy to train in Spain

Alex Patrinos and his family are preparing for an extraordinary trip. The seven-year-old Bright’s Grove boy will be trained by world-renowned coaches at the FC Barcelona’s Youth Soccer Academy and suit up for Team USA in the U8 division of the Barcelona International Youth Soccer Tournament April 13-21 in Spain. Patrinos was among a handful… Read more »

Kenwick photo trips memories for many

A photo published in The Journal of teens jiving at a 1956 “rock and roll night” tripped memories for many Sarnians of a certain age. Joyce Williamson, 75, recognized her 16-year-old self standing in the crowd. The Kenwick-on-the-Lake dance hall was famed for blowing off youthful steam and attracting major recording artists, from Louis Armstrong… Read more »

‘Boo Boo Balm’ part of natural product line

She’s a problem solver, a single mom, an entrepreneur and a bit of a chemist. Sarnia’s Jen Smith, 34, has spent the last year in her kitchen developing her own line of body care products.  She makes everything from “Wondermama Bum Cream” to “Boo Boo Balm” on her stovetop, and pours each all-natural product into… Read more »

River City to appeal court decision

Financial and moral support is arriving from across Canada to help River City Vineyard Church appeal a court decision that shuts down its men’s shelter, says Rev. George Esser. “We’re getting support, especially from justice committees connected to various churches,” he said. It will cost at least $12,000 to appeal the Superior Court’s recent ruling… Read more »

Six things I love about Sarnia

Sarnia often gets kicked in the teeth, and frankly I’m sick of it. I tire of the naysayers and Internet trolls who run the city down at every opportunity. If they got out more they’d realize just how good we have it. So I’m coming to my city’s defence. Here, in no particular order, are a… Read more »

Local pair share joy of Clarkson Cup win

Two local women hoisted the Clarkson Cup after the Toronto Furies claimed the championship of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Sarnia’s Carolyne Prevost and Watford’s Meagan Aarts are still excited about their team’s dramatic 1-0 overtime victory against the defending champion Boston Blades in the title game televised nationally on TSN. Prevost, 24, tied for… Read more »

Sarnia’s longest performing singing group

When you wear flashy suits and sing in four-part harmony you’d think people would pay more attention. But the Bluewater Chordsmen often fly below the radar in Sarnia’s arts community, despite an illustrious history and high standard of “a cappella” shows sung in barbershop style. “We do, and I don’t really know why,” president Douglas… Read more »