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MPP probed on huge ‘town hall’ numbers

An eyebrow-raising number of people took part in a “telephone town hall” held by Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP on March 31. According to a news release from Bob Bailey’s office: “More than 7,600 constituents joined in and participated during the hour long call which included call-in guests Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton, and Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson.” Really?… Read more »

Women at work

Construction has begun on Habitat for Humanity’s latest build. Karen Ramsay, centre, and Sharon Silk, right, will live in the new home going up in Petrolia, which, for the first time, is being built by all-female volunteer work crews. With them is Debbie McNeil, branch manager of RBC in Forest and Petrolia. Ramsay said she’s… Read more »

Ships backed up in Lake Huron

Shipping traffic has been backed up in southern Lake Huron because sections of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice. As many as half a dozen freighters can be seen some days parked in the lake, waiting for a chance to head north into the upper lakes. The shipping season was late starting this… Read more »

Cinderella Story has happy ending

A total of 71 young women received gowns at no cost for their recent Grade 8 graduations and Grade 12 proms, thanks to this year’s Cinderella Story. Newer gowns donated throughout the year are provided to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Volunteers with the project also assist with dress selection and fittings, accessories, make-up… Read more »

New city festival lands Hip frontman Gord Downie

Gord Downie is joining the revolution. The lead singer and lyricist of Canadian superband The Tragically Hip is coming to Sarnia to headline a new festival celebrating all that’s good in our community. “We know he’ll be a good fit,” says Chris Lewis, organizer with the second Festival of Good Things on the city’s waterfront… Read more »

Local chefs come home to roost

There’s a perception in Sarnia that our city doesn’t have enough good jobs to keep and attract young adults. Joe Paquette and Donald Traxler blow that myth right out of the water. Both are chefs at The Watermark Village Bistro in Point Edward, and both left Sarnia only to return to their hometown and quickly… Read more »

Branding: We aren’t what we fear we are

 “Your brand is what they say about you when you’re not around.” –  North Star Destination Strategies   The coming out party for Sarnia-Lambton’s new “brand” has been pushed back to the fall. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership had hoped to unveil the community logo and catchphrase by now but it’s been a complex process, said general… Read more »

It’s about those tights, Robin

Getting 27 young actors to learn their lines for a new adaptation of Robin Hood was easy. Getting the 10-to-18-year-olds to wear their costumes – dorky boots, shapeless dresses and, yes, stretch tights – not so much, says Nancy Keys, director of the Lambton Young Theatre Players. “We have met with a little resistance,” she… Read more »

Mystery stones point to buried treasure

Look closely at the sidewalk on each corner of the Lochiel and Christina streets intersection and you’ll see a pink granite stone embedded in the concrete. Each is only about six inches in diameter but the stones are a colourful curiosity in a sea of pavement. The stones are connected to the city’s art collection and the… Read more »

Hooked on salmon derby

Coming back to Sarnia to fish in the annual Salmon Derby had been on the wish list of B.C. resident Pauline Hedberg for years. Actually winning the derby by boating a monster salmon was not part of the dream. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Hedberg hooked an 18.26 pounder in the first hour of… Read more »