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City man winning solo battle against invasive phragmites

Troy Shantz You can find Sarnia’s very own ‘Phrag Fighter’ each week at the Point Lands, hoe in hand. For the past two years Hal Regnier has made it his one-man mission to protect one beautiful piece of city parkland from phragmites, a choking reed so aggressive it’s regarded as Canada’s worst invasive species. And… Read more »

Sensational Sunday Sounds show builds on all that jazz

Cathy Dobson If you’re a fan of jazz or big band you may have heard from Paddy Roach recently. Roach is The Sarnia Community Foundation’s (SCF) special events chairman. Each year at this time he personally calls about 400 known music lovers and sells tickets the old-fashioned way. “We find it works very well to… Read more »

Teen converts U.S. fastball experience into scholarship

Troy Shantz It’s a new position and a new chapter for Kennedy Dietz. The 17-year-old Sarnia fastball prospect is headed to Shawnee State University in 2020 after verbally committing to play at the Ohio school. Her play on the field earned the Northern Collegiate student an 85% scholarship. “Everything is coming full circle… all these… Read more »

Kind Décor store offers furnishings with a Dutch touch

Cathy Dobson In the early days when she operated Kind Décor out of her home, Janet Hofstra frequently noticed customers admiring how she furnished and decorated her own house. At the time, she was refinishing furniture and selling it online. “When people came for pick up, most said they liked my furniture and the things… Read more »

Float Downers escorted home

An Ontario Provincial Police marine unit ferries a convoy of Port Huron Float Down participants back to Michigan after winds blew them off course to Sarnia’s shore on Aug. 19. Despite warnings from officials, thousands of Americans and Canadians took to the St. Clair River for the unsanctioned annual event. No injuries were reported, but… Read more »

Historic church bell rings again

Tara Jeffrey After 12 years of silence, the bell at Sarnia’s St. Joseph’s church is ringing again. “We thought we’d never see it back up,” parishioner Laura Hardy said of the historic Bell, which rang for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1928. The Knights of Columbus Sarnia Council purchased it that year for… Read more »

Strange bedfellows

A guinea pig at the Canatara Park children’s animal farm eats cautiously while a cat snoozes in its enclosure on Aug. 13. Soon, several other guinea pigs sharing the same pen ventured out of their burroughs to go about their business, unbeknownst to Charlie, the cat who continued to sleep. Troy Shantz

Low-tech maintenance

Hassan Hussein, a worker aboard the freighter Algonorth, uses a roller to apply a fresh coat of paint to the ship’s hull. The 374-foot (144-metre) crude oil tanker was moored at the Sydney Smith Wharf for maintenance last month. Troy Shantz.

Rosary lost at Dieppe restored to city man 35 years later

Phil Egan Seventy-seven years ago this week 4,963 courageous Canadians probed Hitler’s “Fortress of Europe” in a raid that presaged the massive assault on Normandy to come in 1944. It happened on Aug. 19, 1942 and was known as the Dieppe Raid. Among the Canadians troops that sailed from Sussex, England to France on the… Read more »