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City man wins national award

Marco Vigliotti A Sarnia man has received national recognition for his decades of volunteer work. The Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada granted Jack Smith a national award of distinction for his efforts improving the Sarnia-Lambton chapter and the way it delivers health care. “Obviously, it’s a great experience, for something you love doing anyway,”… Read more »

Ice tree carved for Santa parade

A team of volunteers had a busy morning carving this “ice tree” for the Santa Claus parade through downtown Sarnia on Saturday night. The tree is meant to raise awareness about the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society holiday gift program, which is aiming to assist 455 children and their families this year. Snowfest, Damar Security and… Read more »

Hospice receives donation

St. Joseph’s Hospice has been awarded a $45,000 donation from a local charity group that provides financial support to those pursuing studies in healthcare related fields. The contribution from the Carruthers Foundation, announced during a Dec. 4 event at St. Joseph’s Christina Street office, will be used to improve training for staff at the hospice,… Read more »

Third Conservative contender enters the race

A third contender has stepped forward to challenge for the Sarnia-Lambton Conservative nomination in the next federal election. Marilyn Gladu is a professional engineer and business director at WorleyParsons who’s been active in the party’s provincial and federal associations the past seven years. She is a former chair of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers… Read more »

Finding doctors for an aging community

  Marco Vigliotti The Sarnia area needs to attract three to four new doctors each year just to replace the family physicians nearing retirement. So says Carly Nienhuis, coordinator of the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton. The taskforce is actively seeking successors for two family doctors about to retire. “Family physicians operate their own businesses… Read more »

120-member cast takes stage in ‘Finding Christmas’

Cathy Dobson   She’s the writer, music arranger, director and the creator of one of the biggest Christmas shows of the season in Sarnia. Yet Carrie Beauchamp downplays her role and credits her cast and crew for producing an amateur show that rivals professionals. “These are people who are dedicated and wonderful to work with,”… Read more »

Personal trainer aims for balance in life

Cathy Dobson Tara Newman embraced the benefits of a regular workout and eating right while she was at college and swamped by the demands of a new life away from home. “I became really stressed when I moved to Toronto for school,” says the 23-year-old Sarnia woman. “You’ve heard of the Freshman 15?” she asked,… Read more »

Duck Tales: Sarnia man baffled by daffy municipal bylaw

Cathy Dobson Nathan Colquhoun isn’t sure whether he should be outraged or not. “I’d say I’m more mystified,” says the Sarnia man who, until recently, had a pen with six pet ducks in his yard. “The neighbours just loved the ducks,” said the 30-year-old Colquhoun. “The kids came over to feed them.  One girl liked to… Read more »

Siren call: Sarnians unprepared for chemical release, former CAER boss says

Marco Vigliotti Sarnians are woefully unprepared to deal with fallout from an industrial disaster at one of area’s petrochemical facilities, says a former emergency official. Allen Wells, who was administrator of Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) from 1989 to 2001, said many residents don’t know what to do despite the risk posed by nearby… Read more »

City, hospital at loggerheads

Marco Vigliotti Sarnia’s mayor says he’s concerned about the fraying relationship between city hall and Bluewater Health with a legal battle looming over ownership of the vacant Sarnia general hospital site. City council has retained the law firm of Cohen Highley to investigate the dispute after Bluewater Health’s board said it would stop paying $400,000… Read more »