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Planet Fitness plans to bring gym world to first-timers

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s new Planet Fitness will have a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to exercise, say company officials “Most of our members are first-time gym users who aren’t looking to be body builders or the next Miss America,” said marketing manager Sarah Wilson. “We offer an inclusive, non-intimidating environment. Our staff goes out of their way… Read more »

Father-son team up on watery art exhibit with a cause

Cathy Dobson Access to fresh water is critical to everyone regardless of age, so it’s fitting Sarnia artist Trevor Jamieson collaborated with his four-year-old son on his latest project. Their ongoing exhibit is raising money to improve water quality in Canada’s First Nations communities. Each of Jamieson’s very precise paintings of comic book hero Aquaman… Read more »

Letters: week of April 11

A heartfelt, if belated, thank you Sir: My family wishes to congratulate the Purdy Family on the 120th anniversary of Purdy Fishery, and to add a personal thank you for rescuing our nine-year-old mother, Lillian Wheatley Francis, from Lake Huron in 1913. Although the four Wheatley children, ages 7, 9, 11 & 13, were forbidden… Read more »

Lambton College Pow Wow

Talon White-Eye of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, right, is joined by a large group of elementary school children at Lambton College’s 27th annual Pow Wow last week. Hosted by the Indigenous Student Council and Indigenous Student Centre, the celebration of life featured dancers in full regalia, traditional arts and crafts, drumming and singing and food…. Read more »

What’s happening: week of April 11

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to   Thursday, April 11   Organ Series… Read more »

Music festival a rite-of-passage for countless performers

Troy Shantz When she was nine years old, Sharon Sedgeworth was thrust onto the stage to play the piano while accompanying a massive choir performing at the Lambton County Music Festival. “I said, ‘I can’t do that’ and (my teacher) said, ‘Oh yes you can,’” she recalled. The choir earned a mark of 90% and… Read more »

Northern student’s music video wins provincial award

Troy Shantz A Northern Collegiate student has won a provincial Drysdale Student Achievement Award for her multi-media work. The music video Claire Tillapaugh composed, performed and edited won top prize in the digital arts category for students in Grades 9–12. The five-minute piece retraces Canada’s indigenous heritage over the past 100 years and is based… Read more »

About those warning sirens that blare every Monday

Troy Shantz For Sarnians, it’s background noise. But startled visitors will often ask: “What the hell is going on?” Each Monday at 12:30 p.m. the community emergency warning sirens are sounded, unleashing an otherworldly wail that echoes over the landscape for 15 seconds. It is only a test. In a real emergency, such as an… Read more »

Provincial champs

The Huron Lakers U10 novice boys’ team came back from a 10-point deficit in the final to win gold in their division at the Ontario Basketball Association championships in London on March 24. It was the third straight year the team has won a provincial medal. From left are, front row: Georgios Tsapralis, Evan MacSweeney,… Read more »