What’s Happening, week of Oct. 30

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public 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 Wednesday, Oct. 29 Global Citizenship Summit… Read more »

Small startup businesses filling local job void

Sarnia’s economy is beginning to regain traction, with the number of businesses operating in the region growing by more than 1,000 between 2009 and 2014, according to a new report. The new gains were primarily among very small businesses, while job losses occurred among larger employers, the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board study found. Owner-owned… Read more »

Teens respond to survey on depression, suicidal thoughts

Cathy Dobson A mental health survey that received an “unbelievable” response has found many Lambton-Kent teens feel disconnected but are afraid to ask for help. Lori Brush, mental health lead with the Lambton Kent District School board, said the “Speak Up” survey reflects the opinions of 8,000 students questioned in late 2013. The findings will… Read more »

Reborn: makeover turns triplex into late Victorian treasure

Cathy Dobson Purists might argue the Victorian home at 329 Mackenzie St. has been renovated, not restored. After all, a kitchen that was nothing more than a tiny servant’s scullery is now a modern, open concept room incorporating the back pantry. There’s also been a few walls removed, primarily to provide a flow that never existed… Read more »

Sarnia, here’s your new city council

Sarnia voters gave Mayor Mike Bradley a resounding mandate Monday night, electing the city’s longest-serving mayor to a record ninth term. And when Bradley settles into his familiar mayor’s chair once again, three new faces will be joining him at city hall. Here is the nine-member team chosen to lead Sarnia for the next four… Read more »

UPDATED: Worker killed in explosion

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help the family of Jason Miller, the worker who died following an Oct. 25 industrial explosion on Scott Road. Six people including Miller were injured in the blast and fire at Veolia Industrial Services. Donations to the Miller family can be made at As of presstime, a… Read more »

Lambton Concert Band conjures up 100 years of music

Cathy Dobson Some are seasoned musicians. Others are novices. Whether 15 or 90 years of age, all are committed to ensuring a high-caliber performance, says Tessa Catton, musical director of the Lambton Concert Band. “We use music that’s at a certain level,” says Catton.  “All of it is harder. We just have to push people and,… Read more »

Employer found job-ready candidate

Marco Vigliotti Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the Goodwill Career Centre Jim Vergunst admits he was initially skeptical when approached by the local Goodwill Career Centre last year about using its service to hire a new employee at his Sarnia-based marketing and communications firm, Grafiks. Not entirely too familiar… Read more »

Hunting for lunch

A great egret hunts for lunch in Lake Chipican on a recent sunny day. Birders have noted fewer wading and shore birds around the Canatara Park pond this year, but this bird, which will soon be heading south, if it hasn’t already, was able to score a few small fish. Glenn Ogilvie

Teen driver flipped car

Two teenaged boys face stunt driving charges following a single-vehicle collision on Cardiff Drive. Sarnia Police say the pair, aged 16 and 17, were racing on the suburban strip Oct. 17 when the 16-year-old lost control and his car struck two concrete posts and a transformer box. The vehicle flipped over and landed back on… Read more »