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Volunteers find secret hidden in old steam engine

George Mathewson Volunteers restoring the steam engine in Centennial Park have made a surprising discovery about its past. The massive locomotive has welding marks – like scars from major surgery – that confirm it was once involved in a violent collision. “We don’t know what it hit, or where it happened, but it took the… Read more »

College transmutes in-house inspiration into artistic gold

Cathy Dobson Lois Nantais gets animated when she talks about art, particularly the new Lambton College exhibit she’s co-ordinating at the Lawrence House. “I absolutely took a risk and I’m really proud of how it turned out,” says Nantais, a writer and poet who teaches at Lambton. “Art is ever-present at the college. It’s what… Read more »

Scouts unveil First World War monument

Scouts Aiden Simmons, Kelland Griffin and Christopher Dagg (back row) along with Beaver Scout Henry Ramon and Cub Scout Ben Crombeen, form an honour guard at a plaque unveiled Saturday in Heritage Park on Nov. 8. The plaque commemorates the Scouts project, Trees of Remembrance, that saw local Scouts plant 102 trees in Heritage Park… Read more »

OPINION: About those rude baby questions

Sarah Graham Photography Tara Jeffrey As soon as I got married, the questions came rolling in. “When are you going to have a baby?” “How many kids are you going to have?” “Are you pregnant yet?” They were everywhere – the nosey parkers who think they’re entitled to the private goings-on of a young woman’s… Read more »

Christmas displays in November?

Cathy Dobson Festive gingerbread houses, tinsel-covered candles and a wire Christmas tree are already in Centennial Park to prepare for the 30th annual Celebration of Lights. Yet nearby trees still sport green leaves and Remembrance Day hasn’t yet arrived. Why are volunteers decking out the park for the holiday season so early?  What’s up with… Read more »

Infertility lonely plight for couples

Tara Jeffrey In the beginning, Julie and Marcel Blais thought that parenthood would just happen naturally. “You think you’re going to get married, have kids, get the white picket fence, etc.,” said Julie Blais. “You don’t ever think it’s going to be years of struggle.” She’s talking about the roller coaster journey the Sarnia couple… Read more »

Centre helped candidate find job

Marco Vigliotti Editor’s note: This concludes a series on the Goodwill Career Centre After completing a business degree program at Lambton College, Kyle Kavanaugh contemplated his next move while beginning the post-school job hunt. Encouraged by his mother, the owner of Sarnia’s Ole Country Diner, Kavanaugh turned to the Goodwill Career Centre in a bid to… Read more »

ReRun’s restaurant is ready to roll

Cathy Dobson ReRun’s featuring Hari’s Famous Spring Rolls was open less than 24 hours and the lineup was almost out the door. “People are coming in for spring rolls and leaving with poutine and burgers as well,” said owner Hari Srinivasan, smiling from ear to ear. He could barely find time for a quick interview… Read more »

Cull Drain Bridge stripped down

An eroding breakwall and high water has added to the difficulties of the Cull Drain Bridge project. The roadbed and deck have been removed and a crane is expected to lift the bridge frame off its supports in coming days. City council voted in September to spend $230,000 to demolish the unsafe span but save… Read more »