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Canine splash pad

Miggie, a black Labrador retriever, couldn’t resist a cooling dip and shake while paddleboarding with owner Vanessa Savage in Sarnia Bay. The British Columbia resident was visiting relatives in Sarnia and enjoying an outing with friends Kristyn Herygers and Kaitlyn Pelkie. Glenn Ogilvie

Letters: week of Aug. 30

Vote bewildering with so many candidates   Sir: With an overflowing slate of candidates in the current municipal election – four for mayor, 12 for city/county council, 28 for city council, plus school trustees – voters are understandably bewildered, if not frustrated. One proposed solution is a return to the ward system, with four districts… Read more »

Capturing summer’s essence at The Courtyard

Cathy Dobson The Courtyard is an unexpected place. Tucked behind a large downtown building, it’s like sitting in your own backyard, except there’s food and beverage service. There’s tunes too, frequently provided by live musicians on a newly-constructed cedar stage. There’s outdoor lighting but there’s also night breezes and starry skies when the weather is… Read more »

Passing by

A Halltech research vessel equipped for electrofishing makes its way downriver while passing a cabin cruiser and the Algoma Compass in the St. Clair River at Sarnia. Glenn Ogilvie

Pathways pool set to re-open, for now

Jake Romphf The therapeutic pool at Pathways Health Centre for Children may be re-opening next month, but its aging infrastructure still needs to be addressed. “We really wanted to make this happen for our community, but it’s an interim solution only,” said Dave Schaller, community services manager at the agency, where the city’s only therapeutic… Read more »

Fits and starts

You can find Sarnia’s Chris Abate doing rigorous workouts six days a week, including sprints and rope work at the Sarnia Central Athletic Facility on East Street. The personal trainer has run marathons, been a competitive boxer and has his own fitness channel on YouTube at AbateTV. Glenn Ogilvie

What’s happening: week of Aug. 30

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, Aug. 30   Slow… Read more »

Juried show features fine artists in Harmony with local youth

Cathy Dobson It’s heartening to see established artists mentor and support burgeoning artists in Sarnia, and that’s very much what the Art Under Glass Show & Sale is about. The annual show in September has evolved into a first-rate juried event for painters, potters, jewelry makers and such, as well as an opportunity for young… Read more »

Muppet Movie gets a ‘D’ for disappointing

  Vicky Sparks The Happytime Murders is aptly named because the film is where joy, laughter and happiness go to die. Written and directed by Brian Henson (son of Sesame Street creator Jim Henson), the film mixes Muppets into the adult world in a concept that should work; unfortunately, watching Muppets swear stops being funny… Read more »

Agencies team up for open house on addiction, mental health

Tara Jeffrey When Laurie Hicks went out into the community to spread the word about the opening of seven new addiction withdrawal beds at Bluewater Health, she was struck by the feedback. “I was surprised at how many people were unaware of the services that Bluewater Health has for withdrawal management and substance abuse treatment,”… Read more »