Quilts leave patients in the pink

A group of quilters is providing comfort to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The Pink Quilt Project has seen more than 20 local quilters make and donate comfortable blankets to grateful recipients. The idea arose with staff at the former Quilt Shoppe, who posed the challenge to customers before the shop closed. “Knowing the… Read more »

River City to appeal court decision

Financial and moral support is arriving from across Canada to help River City Vineyard Church appeal a court decision that shuts down its men’s shelter, says Rev. George Esser. “We’re getting support, especially from justice committees connected to various churches,” he said. It will cost at least $12,000 to appeal the Superior Court’s recent ruling… Read more »

Improving child behaviour

A program for children aged 6 to 8 designed to improve behavior and build self-esteem is being offered by the Learning Disabilities Association of Lambton County. Kid’s Positive lessons cover peer pressure, bullying, keeping out of fights, following instruction and other topics. The program runs Wednesday evenings April 23 to June 11, and costs $50… Read more »

GenreCon returning May 10

Sarnia’s literary convention for fans of alternative fiction returns May 10. GenreCon is a free event featuring writers of romance, mystery, science fictions, horror and fantasy at the Sarnia Library. The free, daylong convention features panel discussions, a meet and greet, anime film and even a new sci-fi book launch this year. Writers scheduled to… Read more »

Sisters honoured for asbestos work

Two sisters who galvanized Sarnia-Lambton to continue the fight against asbestos exposure have been recognized with an award from the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation. Stacy Cattran and Leah Nielsen organized the Walk to Remember the Victims of Asbestos, which draws up to 500 participants annually to remember those impacted by asbestos-related disease. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley… Read more »

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 »