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Young entrepreneur busy changing Sarnia’s landscape

Troy Shantz At the age of 24, many people are still deciding what to do in life. Not Calvin Schouten. He founded his own contracting company, Schouten Excavating, and it has been part of some major projects in Sarnia. Schouten is overseeing the removal of the Sarnia General Hospital buildings on Mitton Street, after leading… Read more »

Letters: week of Feb. 8

Recording in-camera city council meetings is a good idea Sir: Regarding the audio recording of city council’s closed meetings. As a taxpayer I feel that ALL meetings, closed or otherwise, should be recorded regardless of whether councillors want it or not. Doing so would eliminate some of the ridiculous cost of legal fees. When council… Read more »

What’s Happening: week of Feb. 8

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to   Thursday, Feb. 8   Cookbook Club… Read more »

Guitarist finds big, appreciative following on YouTube

Troy Shantz What started as hastily produced video uploaded to YouTube in 2009 has turned into a worldwide following for Sarnia guitarist Cole Rolland. Rolland, 24, began playing guitar at age 10, but his notoriety began in high school when, on a whim, he recorded and uploaded a video of himself playing guitar. “I shot… Read more »

Self-aware entrepreneur opens yoga studio in Corunna

Cathy Dobson Opening a new business is generally a busy time considering all the important details and red tape. So it’s a little surprising that Shannon Turner says she opened her own business to simplify her life. Turner, 37, launched Mandakani Yoga studio in Corunna two months ago, happily taking on the commitment of sole… Read more »

Paint it forward

A group of 27 aspiring artists joined Cat Cabajar, right, for a Paint it Forward event in support of The Hub last week. More than $500 was raised for the youth centre, which is experiencing financial difficulty. “It’s something the community really needs,” said Cabajar, painting at the Republik Eatery & Lounge. “It’s important to… Read more »

Vet recounts Kapyong, Canada’s brutal and forgotten battle

Tom St. Amand and Tom Slater Sarnia’s Bill Oldale remembers his sergeant asking if he were scared. When the 20-year-old replied yes, the officer nodded. “Good, you’ll be ready, then. Anyone saying they’re not frightened is lying.” It was April 22, 1951 and Private Oldale and 700 other members of the 2nd Battalion of the… Read more »

New city theatre a multi-purpose entertainment venue

Troy Shantz There’s a new theatre in town. Theatre Forty Two has been launched as a way to give local artists and audiences a new and affordable venue for the performing arts, its cofounders say. “We’re really excited to bring people in and see what kind of ideas they have,” said Darryl Heater, 27. “We’re… Read more »

Returning office staff needed

Elections Ontario is recruiting staff to work in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex returning office in this year’s general election. Positions available include: Recruitment Clerk, Recruitment Officer, Returning Office Revision Assistant, Special Ballots Officer, Logistics Elections Clerk, Technical Support, Training Officer and Finance Officer. Applications need to be submitted to as soon as possible. For further information… Read more »

Sarnia Police looks within its ranks to select new leadership

Troy Shantz Norm Hansen says he intends to be open and accessible to the public. “I’ve never used the term ‘no comment,’” said the Inspector and 33-year Sarnia Police Service veteran. “(If I didn’t know) I always would say, ‘I don’t know that yet, I’ll find out for you.’” Hansen will field a lot more… Read more »