Devastated by fire, store owner makes “lemonade”

Cathy Dobson Gail Ellis remembers feeling overwhelmed while standing in her Michigan Avenue store, surveying the racks of new clothing spoiled by the stench of smoke. Fire had broken out in the Point Edward shop the evening before. It was quickly contained by firefighters and no one was hurt, but the smoke damage ruined Ellis’… Read more »

Week of Dec. 10

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Nightingale Chorus show captures reason for the season

Cathy Dobson  First, there’s the Christmas theme and the central message that reflects the reason for the season. Then there are all the wonderful choral and solo performances complementing the theatrical scenes of Carrie Beauchamp’s annual December show. Finally, there’s a lovely, warm ending that sends the audience home happy. For two decades, Beauchamp has… Read more »

Dismay follows news sheltered workshop will close down

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman who objects to her intellectually challenged son earning 46 cents an hour at Community Living’s Wawanosh workshop is distressed the government intends to shut down the facility. “What Wawanosh does is very important to the clients and their parents,” said Erla McCormick. “I never wanted sheltered workshops to be shut down.”… Read more »

Homegrown talent returning for holiday concert

Tara Jeffrey When Preetam Sengupta wanted to organize a holiday concert in his hometown, he reached out to a couple of fellow Northern grads in the music industry. “The three of us had been talking about getting home and playing a show for the holidays” Sengupta said of pals Andrew Austin and Donovan Woods. “And… Read more »

Eye of the beholder

Some say the best way to appreciate this massive Salvador Dali painting on display in downtown Sarnia is to lie down on the floor. Whatever the case, the four-metre-high Santiago El Grande has proven a showstopper at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, which is half way through the impressive Masterworks from the Beaverbrook… Read more »

New principals at city Catholic schools

A number of Sarnia’s Catholic elementary schools are getting new administrators in the new year. Starting Jan. 1, Bill Nelson will become the new principal at Sacred Heart, moving over from Holy Rosary in Wyoming. Barbara Armstrong, currently vice principal at St. Matthew, will be the new principal at Holy Rosary. Mark Bernard, now a… Read more »

Charges laid in plant explosion

Criminal charges have been laid in connection with an Oct. 25, 2014 fire and explosion at Veolia Environmental Services that killed one employee and left five injured. The company and its division manager have each been charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death and five counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Eight… Read more »

Big tax hike for Sarnians

Property owners will fork out more in taxes next year, thanks to a 4.6% increase approved this week by city council. The tax hike is the largest in recent memory and will mean an additional $40.14 paid on every $100,000 worth of residential property assessment, city staff say. Councillors did trim about $1.5 million in… Read more »