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City rallies to help injured cabbie

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Cathy Dobson Residents are rallying with generosity and kindness to help a Sarnia cab driver recovering from a knife attack, say organizers of a benefit for Roy Leckie. “We live in an amazing community,” said Joan Lowe, who is planning a fundraiser to help Leckie and his wife pay bills in coming months. She’s been… Read more »

Area MPP tests leadership waters

Monte McNaughton with wife Kate and their daughter Annie. Submitted Photo

Heather Wright Monte McNaughton is touring the province to gauge support for a run at the Ontario Conservative Party leadership. The Lambton-Middlesex-MPP intends to visit 107 ridings by Oct. 20 building a “new conservative coalition” while testing support for the party’s top job. He’s also launched a website -www.monte.ca – where people can follow the… Read more »

Gallery in the Grove hits milestone

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Gallery in the Grove has achieved a major milestone in community building. The volunteer-run gallery recently distributed five more $1,000 scholarships to local students hoping to pursue a post-secondary education in the arts. That pushed to more than $100,000 the amount the small organization has distributed to students since its inception in 1982. A committee… Read more »

Waiting for the water walkers

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High winds and heavy waves delayed the Bkezhigomi unity paddle and water walk as it approached Sarnia on Aug. 13. Waiting at the Blue Water Bridge for the participants were Daisy White, 11, Angel Riley, 11 and Raven Kicknosway, 11, all of Walpole Island. The event, in which First Nations walked and paddled from Kettle… Read more »

Books and brewskis

A new club in Sarnia is blending books and beer to satisfy a local thirst for reading. “Books on Tap” is geared toward members of the Millennial Generation who enjoy a good book and an occasional brew, said Steph Black, an adult services librarian at the Lambton County Library system. “Many bigger city libraries are… Read more »

City teen swaps prom for Denmark

Alysha Bork, 17, left for Denmark this week on a year-long exchange.
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Some Sarnians are content if their hometown is their whole world. But at least one local teen says it’s important to explore the world beyond her hometown. That’s why 17-year-old Alysha Bork is a traveller. This week, she left for Denmark on a year-long Rotary exchange that will take her away from all that is… Read more »

City golfer, 90, plays weekly round

Joyce Cameron, 90, says she would play more than once a week if she could find other golfers her age.
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Joyce Cameron’s mother was 96 when she died, and her mom’s mom was 105. Which may help explain why every Tuesday in summer you can find Cameron at Greenwood Golf Club playing 18 holes in the women’s league. At the age of 90. “I can drive straight, just not as far as I used to,”… Read more »

Bees dying at worrisome rate

Ray Heeringa inspects a honeycomb at one of his apiaries.

Sarnia beekeeper Ray Heeringa lost 80% of his bees last winter, and he believes he knows why. Heeringa points to a growing body of research that highlights the environmental threat posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, which are now the dominant insecticide in everything from planted corn and soybeans to pet flea collars. “Beekeepers are looking at… Read more »

STREET NAMES: Vidal clan was a local dynasty

Alexander Vidal, posing here with wife Catherine in 1873, was the son of Sarnia founding father Richard Emeric Vidal.

No family has had a greater impact on Sarnia street names than the Vidals. Richard Emeric Vidal was a captain in the Royal Navy who was rewarded for his service with 200 acres in what would become the city’s choicest residential neighbourhoods. He wasn’t famous like his brother, the British admiral and explorer Alexander Vidal,… Read more »

Endangered peregrine falcon gets second chance at rehab centre

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Miller, a 10-week-old peregrine falcon, perches on the hand of Erica Dimuzio, clinic manager of the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation. Glenn Ogilvie It was Miller’s lucky day. Well, sort of. After the baby peregrine falcon left its nest tucked high into the upper supports of the original Blue Water Bridge, he apparently attempted a… Read more »