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MRI campaign comes up a whisker short

A two-year campaign to raise $2.8 million for the local hospital’s MRI is $40,000 shy of its goal. It was hoped proceeds from last month’s Dream Home Lottery would complete the campaign if tickets sold out, but sales fell just short at 95%. “This year’s Dream Home raised $250,000 for the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging),… Read more »

Mom and son busted for drug trafficking

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A Sarnia mother and her son have been charged with drug trafficking. City police entered a home in the 200 block of Durand Street Tuesday night and arrested a 47-year-old woman and her son, 19, who lives at the same address. Drugs worth more than $5,000 on the street were seized, including hydro-morphone tablets, codeine… Read more »

Painting takes his brushes and easel outdoors

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Not even a hurricane can keep J. Allison Robichaud from practising his art. A Canadian landscape painter now living in Sarnia, Robichaud is known for his “plein aire” or open air technique, which means working outdoors with his paints and easel. In November of 2012 as Superstorm Sandy pummeled the city, Robichaud was determined to… Read more »

UPDATED: Spring brings return of the swans

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March is here, which means warmer weather, clearer skies, and a chance of swans!  As we watch this winter’s accumulation of snow melt, an epic journey is taking place right over our heads. Thousands of tundra swans are travelling through southern Ontario on a 6,500 km flight from Chesapeake Bay to nest in the Canadian… Read more »

Shivering wildlife invade city homes

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Four-legged creatures seeking central heating and a free meal are invading Sarnia homes in droves this winter. Squirrels, raccoons and skunks are among the most prevalent break-in artists, but feral cats, chipmunks and even opossums are appearing frequently on the wrong side of the door. The coldest winter in 30 years and months of continuous… Read more »

Golden Hawk project taking shape

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New life is being breathed into a Sarnia landmark, thanks to a volunteer team of aircraft enthusiasts. The mighty Sarnia F-86 Sabre MkV Golden Hawk will take its place again on a pedestal in Germain Park and be rededicated once the restoration is complete later this year. Here, Darren McKeegan of Sarnia prepares the surface… Read more »

Homeless shelter without a home

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Dave Johnston doesn’t know where he would have gone if it weren’t for the River City Vineyard homeless shelter. And now the 18-year-old from Kettle Point is convinced a court decision to close the controversial shelter will force other homeless men onto the street. The church shelter is located in a mostly residential area, where… Read more »

Blending flavours from around the world

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Paresh Thakkar is all about originality. He’s proud to say there isn’t an item on the menu at his restaurant that he didn’t create. Thakkar, 34, opened Personal Touch Eatery & Catering in the fall of 2011 with a degree in economics and accounting, a diploma in culinary management and the credential of a Red… Read more »

Jake is a dream come true

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It’s hard to believe a playful 80-pound black lab can bring such calm to a household. But the peace of mind three-year-old Jake has brought to the Moore family of Sarnia is indisputable. Kyrsten Moore, 16, was born with a rare brain disorder that triggers daily epileptic seizures. If no one is nearby she can easily… Read more »

New Karen Caughlin video attempt to jog memories

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The sister of Karen Caughlin, Marylou Schwemler, seen here with her husband, holds in her emotions as the OPP screen a new video that investigators hope will jog memories about a 40-year-old murder case. The 14-year-old Caughlin went roller skating with friends at the Rose Gardens in Point Edward and was expected at a friend’s… Read more »