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 »

Workshop to focus on murder’s aftermath

Sarnia is hosting a special one-day event to help families of murder victims and the people who try and help them. The Aftermath of Murder is a two-part workshop April 10 aimed at meeting the unique needs of survivors of homicide, as well as helping train police, courts, clergy and policy-makers. “These folks deserve the… Read more »

Power plant closed, but back door open

The employee count at Lambton Generating Station will be down to just 50 by the end of this week. Yet there’s still a possibility two of the power plant’s units could be resurrected one day using natural gas or biomass as fuel. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says two of Lambton’s four units are being shut… Read more »

Skillas brothers have fun with food

“We love people and we love food.  Just look at us,” laughs Greg Skillas, patting his belly. He and brother Chris grew up in the restaurant business and say they know the recipe for success. They own and operate Mike’s Pizza at Eastland Plaza, Christo’s Pizza & Burgers at 415 Exmouth Street, and are about… Read more »

Man arrested on sex charges

Sarnia Police said Wednesday they had arrested a 44-year-old man on March 20 for nine historical sex-related charges involving minors. Daniel Swarath was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching. The incidents occurred between January 1993 and December 1999, and… Read more »