Drawbridge preparing to reopen as Insignia hotel in November

Cathy Dobson   Two Oakville developers are investing $4 million to gut the former Drawbridge Inn and open a four-star boutique hotel on Christina Street. One of the principals, Gord Laschinger, was involved in a defunct deal to redevelop downtown’s Bayside Centre last year.  He is no longer involved in the mall but said he… Read more »

Sarnia’s beaches this summer the cleanest on record

Troy Shantz It was a great summer to be a swimmer. For the first time since Lambton Public Health began regular water testing, no Sarnia beaches had to be posted for high bacteria levels. “We didn’t have any issues this summer,” said public health inspector Theresa Warren. “We’ve always had some postings, and this was… Read more »


The oil tanker Harbour Fountain has been getting a sprucing up at Sarnia Harbour’s Sydney Smith Dock in recent days. Here a Ukrainian deck hand named Sergie touches up the rusty spots by applying primer to the six-year-old Great Lakes vessel. Glenn Ogilvie

Jazz & Blues in the Village a fan favourite success story

Cathy Dobson It took years before Jazz & Blues in the Village hit its stride and grew into one of Sarnia’s premier music events and fundraisers. No one expected it would make money for at least five or six years, says long-time volunteer Connie Ellis. “We really struggled at first when we held it in… Read more »

Legalized marijuana raises many questions: mayor says

Troy Shantz Ontario’s plan to let the LCBO run the first 150 marijuana stores when Ottawa legalizes pot sales next year leaves many questions unanswered, Sarnia’s mayor says. The first 40 cannabis outlets, which will be separate from liquor stores, will appear next July in areas where “dispensaries” are illegally now selling weed, said Mike… Read more »

Got it

Brenda Hignett just couldn’t resist getting a shot of her three children during an end-of-summer outing to the Children’s Animal Farm in Canatara Park last week. From left are Peyton, 4, Cole, 6 and Tyler, 10. Glenn Ogilvie

Pair gathered, trucked baby supplies to Texas

A retired police officer and a retired firefighter from Sarnia took two trailers filled with diapers and other baby supplies to Texas residents devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Peter Kindrachuk and Kyle McKelvie reached out to friends and family last week and in a very short time managed to fill one trailer with baby supplies, Sarnia… Read more »

Tips to sharing the road with school children

With local school children now back in class Sarnia Police are reminding drivers of their responsibilities on the road. When approaching an intersection at which a crossing guard is helping kids cross you must come to a complete stop and not move until the crossing guard and all children have totally cleared the roadway. (Fine… Read more »

Catholic school board picks new education director

Local Catholic schools are getting a new education director. Deb Crawford is a former principal at St. Christopher in Sarnia and currently a superintendent of education with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. She will assume the top job on Jan. 1, replacing the retiring Dan Parr. As a superintendent, Crawford spearheaded a number… Read more »