A new brewery and restaurant going into historic downtown building

Cathy Dobson A large historic downtown building is being converted into a new craft brewery, bar and restaurant set to open in early summer. The River Run Brew Co. is taking shape in the refurbished basement of 146 and 148 Christina St. That’s the 12,000-square-foot building outside the former Bayside Centre, near Cromwell Street. Most recently… Read more »

Arenacross Action

Round 3 of the 2019 Rockstar Energy Arenacross Tour touches down Saturday, April 27 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Returnees include last year’s winner and local hero Cole Thompson, seen here, who went on to win the entire cross-country Triple Crown Series and the $100,000 prize purse. Gates to the pit party open at… Read more »

For itinerant golf pro, it’s have driver, will travel

Troy Shantz A golf pro who travels the world teaching the game he loves has landed in Bright’s Grove. Gordon Crossman has worked as an instructor in 20 different countries over the past half-century, as well as managing, consulting and even helping design golf courses. “I’ve done everything in the business,” said Crossman, 76, who… Read more »

Lambton Mall store repurposed as police training centre

Troy Shantz Sarnia Police says their new training facility at the Lambton Mall will be among the best in Southern Ontario. The former Tepperman’s store is being renovated into an 8,500-square-foot centre expected to open this fall. “In today’s era of policing, you simply cannot have a professional police force without a facility to train… Read more »

Downtown’s new Blue Line pub honours first responders

Cathy Dobson One of downtown’s most beautifully restored historic buildings is opening this week as The Blue Line Pub & Lounge. It will be a new sports bar, welcoming the public and honouring first responders with discounts and a display of emergency professionals’ hats and shoulder patches. Owner Tracey Moore Mamak and husband Paul Mamak… Read more »

Coffee cart venture fits high school students to a tea

Troy Shantz They say humanity runs on coffee. For evidence, look to St. Patrick’s High School where a group of eager students are delivering cups of java right in the hallway. Participants in the Community Pathways program operate a mobile coffee cart each morning, selling coffee, tea and treats to staff and students while developing… Read more »

New support group for grandparents raising grandkids

Cathy Dobson Sometimes life’s plans are disrupted by decisions both heart wrenching and heartwarming. Sarnia’s Vickie Lavoie knows exactly what that feels like. She and her husband were looking forward to retirement and a quieter life when they realized their daughter’s mental health wouldn’t allow her to keep her newborn. “She couldn’t cope on her… Read more »

Janie Puck introducing non-hockey girls to Canada’s game

Tara Jeffrey When Cleo Halket stepped onto the ice at Yost Arena recently — staring up at a giant ‘M’ backdropped by massive cathedral-style windows — she could barely believe her little seven-year-old eyes. “It was almost emotional, how in awe she was,” said mom, Nikki Dobbelaar. Dobbelaar was one of several local parents who… Read more »