College expansion


Work is proceeding on a major expansion at Lambton College. On the left, steel girders frame a 40,000-square-foot athletics and fitness complex that will boast a 1,240-seat gymnasium. Also under construction are a 60,000-square-foot Nova Chemicals health and research centre, and an expansion of the Centre for Excellence in energy and bio-industrial technologies. The workers… Read more »

Home for the medically fragile preparing to expand

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Cathy Dobson A unique home in Sarnia’s north end where medically fragile residents enjoy exceptional quality of life is about to nearly double in size. Standing Oaks is the name of the grey brick bungalow that will soon add four bedrooms, bringing total capacity to nine residents, says Dave Ashdown, a board member at Community… Read more »

Businesses hoping to improve communication with City Hall

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Troy Shantz Four Sarnia businesses have launched an ‘Independent Business Consortium’ in a bid to improve communication with City Hall. “This is a group of independent businesses who are just looking to come together to present issues or concerns proactively,” said member and spokesperson Scott Palko. Palko, the owner of the Sarnia marketing and design… Read more »

Beach bummer


The job of a summer lifeguard can be a lonely one when the weather doesn’t co-operate. These two veterans huddle under an umbrella while scanning a nearly deserted Canatara Beach in a rain shower last week. Erika Lange, left, is a five-year lifeguard studying to become a teacher at Western University, while Mackenzie Turner, a… Read more »

Week of July 20

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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, July 20 Summer Music Summer Music… Read more »

Sarnia plant could help revolutionize bottled water industry


Troy Shantz A California startup hoping to transform the bottled water industry by producing a renewal bottle is building its steppingstone plant in Sarnia in part to capitalize on local expertise, its CEO says. “One of the reasons why we picked Sarnia was because thelabour force is highly-skilled and knows how to do exactly the… Read more »

Are male teachers becoming an endangered species?


Troy Shantz When students return to Lakeroad School for classes this fall they might notice something different. The public elementary school in Sarnia’s north end will have no male teachers on staff. Zero. The absence of any men at Lakeroad is the culmination of a trend that began in the 1970s when 45% of all… Read more »

Ball hockey tournament added to this year’s Captain Kidd Days

Geoff Dale and Jeff Peters, co-chairs of the 2017 Captain Kidd Days committee, have added a ball hockey tournament to the Corunna event, in hopes of raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. 
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Tara Jeffrey Corunna’s annual Captain Kidd Days continue to grow thanks to overwhelming support from the community, organizers say. “We’ve noticed within the last two or three years a substantial amount of local industry and business stepping up huge, which allows us to spend the year planning, rather than asking for money,” said co-chair, Geoff… Read more »

Manery bringing barn-burning brand to Bridge Bash

Scott Manery and The Barnburners are playing the Bridge Bash this weekend.
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Cathy Dobson There are few big events in our area this summer where Scott Manery and The Barnburners aren’t playing. The country trio has become a local fixture, playing together for 12 years and entertaining everyone from Ribfest crowds to this weekend’s Bridge Bash. “We’re really lucky to be playing all the major events we… Read more »