United Way grant supports online youth counselling service

Jake Romphf The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has taken the unusual step of providing a $30,000 venture grant to an online counselling service based in Walkerton, Ont. WES (wellness and emotional support) for Youth Online provides free and professional online counselling to those seeking support for mental health needs. It was founded in 2012 by… Read more »

One for the road

Despite some initial confusion while lane and turn symbols were being painted on, motorists and cyclists alike seem to have adjusted to the new cycling corridor on Colborne Road, seen here at the Highway 402 overpass. The bike lanes, also added to Russell and Capel streets and a section of Cathcart, cost $250,000, with 80%… Read more »

Winners of business contest bringing osteopathy to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Drum roll please! The winners of this year’s Win This Space competition were announced recently at a Dragon’s Den-like event involving six finalists and a panel of judges. Meghan Duncan and Roxanne Corvers won free rent for a year for the new business they plan to launch this fall in Sarnia. The two… Read more »

County ponders new drug strategies

Pam Wright Local officials are working on a drug and alcohol strategy to combat the impacts of addiction in Sarnia-Lambton. “We are looking at integrated planning and at what we can do,” said Kevin Churchill, manager of family health at Lambton Public Health. “We certainly share the deepest concerns about these issues.” In a report… Read more »

Wandering adventurer has lived out of a van past 22 years

Troy Shantz Bruce James is on a road trip that may never end. The semi-retired boilermaker opts to hang his hat wherever the road takes him, living entirely out of a late model Mercedes-Benz van. “(People) keep on telling me how lucky I am. It’s not luck, it’s a choice,” said James, 62. “Once you… Read more »

Hot bicycle reunited with its rightful owner

Sarnia Police have returned a stolen bicycle worth $8,000 to its lucky owner. The bike was reported missing from an unlocked garage in the area of Michigan Avenue and Rapids Parkway on June 16. Two weeks later, an officer on general patrol spotted a bike matching its description on Lydia Street. A 32-year-old man, who… Read more »

World Champ

Sarnia native Ian Van Reenen takes aim at a target during the regional qualifier of the Scott FireFit Championships held at Lambton College on June 23-24. He placed first in the 78-man field. Van Reenen is the reigning FireFit world champion, setting the individual world record time in 2016 and breaking it again last year…. Read more »