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Cougars on the loose?

Residents report seeing at least two cougars on the loose in Sarnia-Lambton this winter, and we don’t mean the sort that maul young bucks in nightclubs. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources says it’s highly unlikely the big cats are prowling local woodlots, but isn’t ruling out the possibility. “We do know there are cougars… Read more »

Going nuts on a new farm crop

Dave Ferguson is planting three to four acres of nut tree seedlings this spring, part of a fledgling movement to establish a hazelnut industry in Ontario. “The crop is new but the market is there,” Ferguson said. “The question is, can we get enough people together to get the infrastructure in place.” Hazelnuts, also known… Read more »

Awesome is as Awesome does

Trustees had a real challenge deciding who would get this month’s $1,000 from Sarnia’s Awesome Foundation at its March pitch party. “They’re all good ideas. It was tough to decide,” said Mat Berube, one of 12 trustees who, together, contribute $1,000 every month for a project to bring the best out in the community. Since… Read more »

CARP gives Boomers new vision of aging

Sarnia is an aging community. The median age is 44.8 years, meaning half of Sarnians are older and half are younger. That’s four years above the Ontario median, and five years older than the city was a decade ago, according to the 2011 census. Enter CARP, an organization devoted to enhancing the quality of life… Read more »

Older drivers facing new licence test

Charges are coming on April 21 to the driving test that Ontarians must take after turning 80. Under the current program, octogenarians must, every two years: * Take a vision test * Undergo a driver record review * Attend a group education session * Take a knowledge test * And, if necessary, take a road… Read more »

A sneak peek of glorious spring

As winter rages outside, a pair of Sarnia gardeners are working seven days a week to ensure Sarnia looks terrific year round. Thousands of seeds, seedlings and cuttings are nurtured into an award-winning palette of floral beauty. Gardeners Jane Bastien and Lance Allin are cultivating the stock at three greenhouses, including Germain Park, where tropical… Read more »

Sustainability Conference

A free half-day conference will be held in Sarnia on April 24 to highlight the work being done in Sarnia-Lambton to make it a more sustainable community. Copies of the 2014 Community Snapshot will be available. The conference is from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, 1485 London… Read more »

Tanker truck load of oil pulled from Canatara Park

So much oil is trying to enter Lake Chipican from a leaking landfill site that city hall wants to train staff for a new job description – oil field roustabout. Containing the oil migrating beneath Canatara Park is a major headache for Sarnia, which had to extend an underground steel wall and dig more monitoring… Read more »

Sculptures on loan still hanging around

Seven pieces of outdoor street art arrived in Sarnia’s in 2010, sparking an outburst of praise and derision from would-be art critics. The sculptures were part of a two-year loan from the Sauve Art Foundation of Michigan. But that was almost four years ago, and they’re still present in our downtown. So what’s up what… Read more »

Tree clearing leaves Point Edward stumped

  POINT EDWARD – Several acres of wooded waterfront property have been cleared, leaving residents “stumped” about what’s in store for the land north of the Point Edward Casino. “The developer went in and took down the trees last fall just after getting a permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources,” says Jim Burns, the… Read more »