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Paint vandals strike Somerset Crescent

Vandals went on a spray-painting spree on Somerset Crescent over the weekend. Sarnia Police have received eight reports of damaged property, including a garage, fence and several vehicles that were sprayed with paint sometime overnight Saturday. Police believe the paint was taken from a shed in the area. A discarded can of a colour matching… Read more »

Sarnia’s longest performing singing group

When you wear flashy suits and sing in four-part harmony you’d think people would pay more attention. But the Bluewater Chordsmen often fly below the radar in Sarnia’s arts community, despite an illustrious history and high standard of “a cappella” shows sung in barbershop style. “We do, and I don’t really know why,” president Douglas… Read more »

Turning back the hands of thyme

In a greenhouse at Lambton College a team of volunteers is planting a giant crop of weeds. Goldenrod, milkweed, thistle – plants that Ontarians have been trying to eradicate for decades are being seeded, watered and nurtured with tender loving care. What’s junk to one person is treasure to another, and to a group of… Read more »

PHOTO SHOW: Sarnia through the looking glass

One local group is bucking the trend of dwindling interest and volunteer fatigue. The Sarnia Photographic Club is growing at a rate of 10% a year and today has more than 130 active members. “It’s one of the largest (photo) clubs in Ontario,” said vice-president Christine Roenspiess, who credits the rise of digital cameras and… Read more »

Man arrested in BB gun shooting

Sarnia Police arrested a 23-year-old city man Thursday after he allegedly pulled out a BB gun and shot a man who was with his girlfriend and two small children. The incident began about 7 p.m. near Maxwell and Napier streets when the victim saw a man approaching with a scarf covering his face. The attacker… Read more »

How do you spell ‘logophile’?

Frayed nerves and red cheeks took centre stage when some of Sarnia’s brightest logophiles went head-to-head recently. The annual spelling bee hosted by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton and the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists drew about 30 competitors in Grades 3 to 8. “I wasn’t too nervous because I’ve been practising a lot,” said 10-year-old… Read more »

RAIL on the right track

When Ross and Donna Free, both in their 80s, discovered they couldn’t purchase VIA Rail tickets in Sarnia a few days prior to their trip, they drove through a snowstorm to buy them at the London station. The Frees couldn’t find a phone number for the Sarnia station and didn’t have a computer to buy… Read more »

Venetian Boulevard next big Point Edward project

Within weeks, a key stretch of Venetian Boulevard will be closed for major repairs. The section of the street that runs from Alexandra Avenue to the turn into the Point Edward Casino will shut down to all traffic for about two weeks, says Mayor Larry Mackenzie. Once the first phase is complete, the rest of… Read more »

Police not fooled by man’s cool hiding spot

A Sarnia man who hid from police in a refrigerator is now chilling out in jail. City police visited a residence in the 200 block of Durand Street Monday and spotted a 20-year-old man outside wanted on six outstanding warrants. The man went inside the building; police followed and after a short search found the… Read more »

Sarnia accent just ‘aboat’ does it

As an American who visits Sarnia frequently Bill Miskell is struck by the differences in speech between here and Port Huron. Though separated only by a narrow river the two cities have surprisingly different linguistic traits. “The big one for me is how you say “out” and “about,” and the way you use ‘eh’ at the… Read more »