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Dwindling service clubs adapt or die in changing times

Paul Wellington wishes he had the answers. The president of the defunct Sarnia St. Clair Optimists says his shrinking group of members was blindsided recently when their charter was suddenly revoked. “We weren’t even informed properly. We found out through the proverbial grapevine that we were too far behind on our dues,” said Wellington. “The… Read more »

New emergency warning system goes live May 9

Slow or missed emergency warnings that have long bedeviled Sarnia may soon be a thing of the past. A new and free service is available that can immediately notify you of tornadoes, evacuation orders and other serious emergencies. The official unveiling is May 9, but more than 1,000 residents have already signed up for My… Read more »

The dirt on those piles of dirt in Centennial Park

About 2,000 tonnes of first-rate topsoil is piled in a parking lot on the west side of Centennial Park. The mounds of dirt have been taking up valuable parking space near the city’s boat launch for 18 months, irking nearby business owners and creating parking headaches. So what’s up with that? “We’re going to move… Read more »

Jackson’s five a first for Wolverines

Kyle Jackson attained a series of firsts for the University of Michigan men’s field lacrosse club this season. The Sarnia Pacers alumni has been named an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) first-team conference all-star, and late last month was chosen conference Player of the Week after scoring five goals in a 19-10 victory over Pittsburgh’s… Read more »

Mom and son score rare one-two punch in amateur boxing

A mother and son from Sarnia have pulled off the rare sports feat of simultaneously becoming Golden Gloves boxing champions. Mandy Taylor-Bartley, 38, defeated a Toronto fighter to claim the light middleweight and 2014 Golden Gloves title in three rounds at the Ontario Boxing Association championship in Hamilton, April 25-27. Meanwhile, son Dylan Taylor won… Read more »

With love to spare

Jack Isom was synonymous with bowling in Sarnia. But when he died at the age of 93 in February he had requested there be no funeral. So, to celebrate his life and memory, family and friends gathered at Marcin Bowl on April 26 to roll some 5-pin and reminisce while wearing some of the 40 bowling… Read more »

Chef caters to a different crowd

There’s nothing as satisfying as a room full of people enjoying your food, says Sarnia chef Mike Barnes. His career has focused on catering rather than restaurants because Barnes likes the feeling he gets from a happy event organizer or smiling bride. “At a wedding, I’ll approach the bride and groom to see how they… Read more »

Sarnia’s birthday bash checklist

Sarnia’s Centennial Celebration committee is co-ordinating special events so the entire community can salute the city’s first 100 years as a city. Of course, the party started with a huge New Year’s bash that attracted 11,000 to downtown Sarnia. Here’s what’s coming up: *        Thursday, May 1 – The Sarnia Exhibit opens at the Lambton Heritage… Read more »

Flashy photos reveal depth of field

A recent Lambton College photo competition showed the school has more to offer than tech and science. The Image Challenge featured entries from 32 students in the Digital Photography program, and the quality of work was a revelation to the judges. “Some of it was exceptional. I was really impressed; all the judges were impressed,”… Read more »

City businessman wears many hats

Sarnia’s Floriano Persichetti believes in jumping at a good business opportunity. Ten years ago, he started AutoWerks Collision Experts where he has four employees. In April, he opened TradeWerks Plumbing and Mechanical. By summer, he’ll also own and operate a new Italian takeout and delivery restaurant. “It’s really about good employees giving me the opportunity… Read more »