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With love to spare

Jack Isom was synonymous with bowling in Sarnia. But when he died at the age of 93 in February he had requested there be no funeral. So, to celebrate his life and memory, family and friends gathered at Marcin Bowl on April 26 to roll some 5-pin and reminisce while wearing some of the 40 bowling… Read more »

Chef caters to a different crowd

There’s nothing as satisfying as a room full of people enjoying your food, says Sarnia chef Mike Barnes. His career has focused on catering rather than restaurants because Barnes likes the feeling he gets from a happy event organizer or smiling bride. “At a wedding, I’ll approach the bride and groom to see how they… Read more »

Sarnia’s birthday bash checklist

Sarnia’s Centennial Celebration committee is co-ordinating special events so the entire community can salute the city’s first 100 years as a city. Of course, the party started with a huge New Year’s bash that attracted 11,000 to downtown Sarnia. Here’s what’s coming up: *        Thursday, May 1 – The Sarnia Exhibit opens at the Lambton Heritage… Read more »

Flashy photos reveal depth of field

A recent Lambton College photo competition showed the school has more to offer than tech and science. The Image Challenge featured entries from 32 students in the Digital Photography program, and the quality of work was a revelation to the judges. “Some of it was exceptional. I was really impressed; all the judges were impressed,”… Read more »

City businessman wears many hats

Sarnia’s Floriano Persichetti believes in jumping at a good business opportunity. Ten years ago, he started AutoWerks Collision Experts where he has four employees. In April, he opened TradeWerks Plumbing and Mechanical. By summer, he’ll also own and operate a new Italian takeout and delivery restaurant. “It’s really about good employees giving me the opportunity… Read more »

Bluewater Beach Fest bringing fun in the sun

Hot, carefree beach days may still seem a long way off, but one local woman is already making big plans for fun in the sun. The first Bluewater Beach Fest will take place the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24 at Canatara Park and everyone is invited. Professional sand sculptors are booked to spend three… Read more »

Bigger bands to rock growing Powerboat Festival in Sarnia

Bigger bands will give the boats a run for their roar at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival this summer. Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth are inked for the three-day August event, which is now Sarnia’s largest festival and one of the largest international events on the Great Lakes…. Read more »

The cat came back

Joe the Cat has been released from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital and into the care of the Sarnia and District Humane Society. Joe, who caused an international furor over animal cruelty after being shot 17 times with a pellet gun, lost an eye but has otherwise full recovered from his wounds. He has also helped… Read more »

Boaters riled by tough Canadian border rules

Recreation and tourism in Sarnia are being hurt by the Canada Border Services Agency’s get-tough policy on boaters who cross the international border, local officials say. The CBSA requires the operators of all boats who cross the line to report in by telephone, a requirement that’s not enforced by their U.S. counterparts, they say. As… Read more »

This year’s Ribfest packing on the music

More live music will be on tap when the 16th annual Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Father’s Day weekend. A record 18 bands will play two stages over the four days, complementing ribbers from across North America, vendors and a midway. “This is the most diverse and powerful musical line-up Sarnia… Read more »