What’s Happening, week of Aug. 14

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to  Wednesday August 13th Grove Music Series The Summer Music Series… Read more »

Race to Erase: putting fun back in fundraising

Feeding a teammate a sundae from Ice Cream Galore while blindfolded was a recent Race to Erase challenge. Here, Scott Dawson does the spooning in support of The Chris Dawson Foundation, while amused team members and volunteers look on.
Submitted Photo

The co-founder of Race to Erase admits the event born in Sarnia nine years ago has “a lot of moving parts.” But in a nutshell, teams compete in light-hearted challenges throughout the community, all in support of 11 charities. Think ‘Amazing Race’ or ‘Minute to Win It,’ but with a local twist, said Rich Bouchard…. Read more »

Powerboats a hit

Laura Austin PowerBoats 2014 1

Sunday’s international powerboat races were a big hit with crowds on both sides of the St. Clair River. This shot, taken during the time trials, was submitted by reader Laura Austin.

Trattoria recipes passed down through generations

Antonietta Mele, right, works closely with Sonia Koundakjian in the kitchen at Salvatore's Trattoria E Ristorante.
Cathy Dobson

Cooking comes naturally to Antonietta Mele. “It’s second nature to me. I don’t measure anything. I just cook. “It’s just who I am.” Mele has worked in a restaurant kitchen most of her life. Shortly after immigrating to Canada from Italy as a little girl, Mele’s parents, Salvatore and Teresa Lopetrone, started Riverside Pizzeria in… Read more »

Powerboat festival a roaring success

Brothers Mike, left, and Rob Kilbreath take a closer look at the classic powerboat "Miss Supertest" during the 2014 International Powerboat Festival in downtown Sarnia last weekend. Using a modified Spitfire aircraft engine the boat, which was built in London and had all her mechanics and machining done in Sarnia, packed a top speed of 202 kilometres per hour.
Troy Shantz Photo

Even Sarnians who didn’t head downtown for International Offshore Powerboat Races last weekend probably heard them. Live music and roaring speedboats anchored the soundscape of the festival, which drew huge crowds to the shoreline of both Sarnia and Port Huron. The three-day event was organized to be family-friendly, with a line-up of street performances that… Read more »

Clock ticking on future of Cull Drain Bridge


The Cull Drain Bridge could still be saved and for less money than city hall believes, an historic bridge expert says. Nathan Holth said dropping the bridge into the creek to be dragged away by bulldozers – one option on the table – would cost nearly as much as removing it by crane intact for… Read more »

West Nile confirmed in Corunna mosquitos

Mosquitos in Corunna have been found carrying West Nile virus. The insects collected July 31 from a trap were the first to test positive for the virus in Sarnia-Lambton this summer. To reduce the risk of infection, Lambton Public Health recommends using insect repellent containing DEET and eliminating breeding areas by removing standing water from… Read more »

Child mental health services cut


St. Clair Child and Youth Services is laying off staff to cover a budget shortfall. Two full-time positions have been axed that will impact prevention and treatment services, said executive director Rick Shields. He said the government’s practice of not adjusting funding to inflation is taking a toll on the children’s mental health sector. “This… Read more »

Point Edward chef has steaked out his turf

Steve Economou has been perfecting the art of steak grilling for more than 40 years. He is now owner of The Open Grill Steakhouse in Point Edward.
Cathy Dobson

Steve Economou seems like a shy man until you ask him about how to cook a really great steak. That’s when he warms to the subject. “It’s all about the cut of meat,” says the chef who has been cooking steak in Sarnia and Point Edward for 42 years. “Not everyone likes the same. A… Read more »

Sport of archery takes flight

Ali Kraayenbrink, 15, takes aim at the Lambton Sportsmen's Club archery range.
Glenn Ogilvie

The popularity of The Hunger Games series has renewed interest in the sport of archery, especially among girls. But it wasn’t heroine Katniss Everdeen and her big screen prowess with a bow that drew 15-year-old Ali Kraayenbrink to the range – it was competition. “Actually, I thought the movies were kind of cheesy,” she said, before letting… Read more »