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How do you spell ‘logophile’?

Frayed nerves and red cheeks took centre stage when some of Sarnia’s brightest logophiles went head-to-head recently. The annual spelling bee hosted by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton and the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists drew about 30 competitors in Grades 3 to 8. “I wasn’t too nervous because I’ve been practising a lot,” said 10-year-old… Read more »

RAIL on the right track

When Ross and Donna Free, both in their 80s, discovered they couldn’t purchase VIA Rail tickets in Sarnia a few days prior to their trip, they drove through a snowstorm to buy them at the London station. The Frees couldn’t find a phone number for the Sarnia station and didn’t have a computer to buy… Read more »

Venetian Boulevard next big Point Edward project

Within weeks, a key stretch of Venetian Boulevard will be closed for major repairs. The section of the street that runs from Alexandra Avenue to the turn into the Point Edward Casino will shut down to all traffic for about two weeks, says Mayor Larry Mackenzie. Once the first phase is complete, the rest of… Read more »

Police not fooled by man’s cool hiding spot

A Sarnia man who hid from police in a refrigerator is now chilling out in jail. City police visited a residence in the 200 block of Durand Street Monday and spotted a 20-year-old man outside wanted on six outstanding warrants. The man went inside the building; police followed and after a short search found the… Read more »

Sarnia accent just ‘aboat’ does it

As an American who visits Sarnia frequently Bill Miskell is struck by the differences in speech between here and Port Huron. Though separated only by a narrow river the two cities have surprisingly different linguistic traits. “The big one for me is how you say “out” and “about,” and the way you use ‘eh’ at the… Read more »

Prom dresses giveaway brings smiles

Graduation and prom season is just around the corner and so are preparations for this year’s Prom Dress Boutique. Known as The Cinderella Story, the volunteer program has provided 165 dresses in five years to girls who may otherwise go without. They’re seeking donations of gently-used or new dresses in all sizes, shoes, jewellery and… Read more »

Local writers hit the road

A group of local writers is hitting the road to stimulate greater participation in the arts. Writers in Transition is embarking on a tour of Sarnia-Lambton libraries in coming months, with members giving presentations and readings as part of Sarnia’s Centennial celebrations. “We’re hoping to use this to get people involved in the literary world,”… Read more »

Theft arrest sealed with a kiss

A 25-year-old woman who blew a kiss at a passing Sarnia police officer was arrested Saturday after the officer recognized her as a wanted theft suspect. The patrolling officer was driving past a business in the area of Vidal and Devine streets when his attention was drawn by the would-be flirtation. Unfortunately for the woman,… Read more »

Kids dazzle us with science

Organizers are expecting another display of brainiac power at the Lambton County Science Fair. The number of student entrants has increased every year since 2008 and it’s possible the April 11-12 fair will be the biggest yet. What’s more, the quality of prior work ranks the county among the nation’s elite. “Past entries from Lambton… Read more »

Acceptance comes little by little

Little Emma Clarke draws stares wherever she goes. “She’s like a living doll,” complete strangers will tell her mom. “How can she be walking already?” “How long will she live?” Nikky Arsenault understands the curiosity her toddler arouses but wishes people would think first. “They forget she’s my daughter and not just a syndrome,” she… Read more »