Art show: black and white and hung all over

Cathy Dobson The Sarnia Photographic Club – one of the largest in southern Ontario – has mounted its biggest show in recent memory. All are welcome to attend the opening reception of the “Black and White Show” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts on Friday. The texture and moodiness that permeate black and… Read more »

Parkside café comes with own perks

Cathy Dobson The reopening of a large portion of Centennial Park is one of the primary reasons Brian and Karen Levesque see the potential of 410 Front St. That’s where their new café, Parkside Perk, opened in March, specializing in sandwiches, homemade baked goods, fair trade coffee and a beautiful view of Sarnia Bay. “When… Read more »

Real Estate: lots of buyers, fewer homes on the market

Cathy Dobson There aren’t enough houses on the market to match the needs of Sarnians ready to buy, says the president of the Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board. “I’m finding more buyers than listings,” said Jane Baker. “Our market is currently overloaded with buyers and we need some fresh inventory.” Other agents are saying the… Read more »

Cancer victim’s art helps carry on the fight

Tara Jeffrey Barb Howarth’s signature character dolls were like snowflakes: no two ever the same. “Each one has its own personality and theme; they’re so whimsical,” said Kathy Sitter, sister of the late Howarth, a Sarnia artist who lost her battle with cancer nearly ten years ago. Howarth was well known for her textile and… Read more »

Bluewater Gymnastics grad flourishing

Barry Wright Talia Chiarelli is having an outstanding sophomore season wearing the Maize and Blue with the University of Michigan women’s gymnastics program. The Bluewater Gymnastics product has no fewer than 17 top three finishes this season, including a tie for first place in the Floor Exercise at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor… Read more »

Science Fair: Teen builds nuclear fusion reactor in his basement

George Mathewson In the basement of a suburban Camlachie home, Caleb Winder is recreating the internal workings of the sun. With a little deuterium, a vacuum chamber and 35,000 volts of electricity, the 15-year-old has built a nuclear fusion reactor that he’s entering in the Lambton County Science Fair. Winder culled the reactor’s parts from… Read more »

Game on: Dad creates a free, fun outlet for girls

Cathy Dobson Five-year-old Ella Boisvert has been known to fall asleep in her bed holding her lacrosse stick. That’s how much she loves the sport. Ella is one of a growing group of little girls who play a unique brand of field lacrosse each week in Sarnia parks. Brian DeWagner, a father of two young… Read more »