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Powerboat festival a roaring success

Even Sarnians who didn’t head downtown for International Offshore Powerboat Races last weekend probably heard them. Live music and roaring speedboats anchored the soundscape of the festival, which drew huge crowds to the shoreline of both Sarnia and Port Huron. The three-day event was organized to be family-friendly, with a line-up of street performances that… Read more »

Clock ticking on future of Cull Drain Bridge

The Cull Drain Bridge could still be saved and for less money than city hall believes, an historic bridge expert says. Nathan Holth said dropping the bridge into the creek to be dragged away by bulldozers – one option on the table – would cost nearly as much as removing it by crane intact for… Read more »

Soccer playoffs loom

Dante Musokotwane, in white, and teammate Gavin Brophy, in gold, sprint ahead of challenger Liam Bone during a Sarnia FC U-9 boys soccer practice at Germain Park. The program semi-finals take place Aug. 22 with the finals going Aug 23 at 11:45 a.m. at Germain Park pitch. Glenn Ogilvie

Child mental health services cut

St. Clair Child and Youth Services is laying off staff to cover a budget shortfall. Two full-time positions have been axed that will impact prevention and treatment services, said executive director Rick Shields. He said the government’s practice of not adjusting funding to inflation is taking a toll on the children’s mental health sector. “This… Read more »

Lawn bowling winners

The pairs team of Sandy and Nick Symes of Sarnia won the annual Breast Cancer Society Tournament at the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club on Aug. 4. Twenty-two teams from across southern Ontario participated in the event, which raise more than $1,200 for the Breast Cancer Society. Submitted Photo

Point Edward chef has steaked out his turf

Steve Economou seems like a shy man until you ask him about how to cook a really great steak. That’s when he warms to the subject. “It’s all about the cut of meat,” says the chef who has been cooking steak in Sarnia and Point Edward for 42 years. “Not everyone likes the same. A… Read more »

Sport of archery takes flight

The popularity of The Hunger Games series has renewed interest in the sport of archery, especially among girls. But it wasn’t heroine Katniss Everdeen and her big screen prowess with a bow that drew 15-year-old Ali Kraayenbrink to the range – it was competition. “Actually, I thought the movies were kind of cheesy,” she said, before letting… Read more »

Sarnia tennis players victorious on tour

Two tennis players from Sarnia have claimed overall division championships on the 2014 Little Caesars Junior Tennis Tour. Mattias Mueller and Andrew Davies were each victorious on the final tour stop in London on July 27, allowing them to claim the 14-and-under and 18-and-under boys’ titles respectively. Mueller and Davies each won three of four… Read more »

Saddle Club rides off into the sunset

Maybe if a youth program had encouraged younger riders. Maybe if the price of membership had been bumped up. The last few members of the Lambton County Saddle Club will never know what could have saved it. All they know is the property taxes are owing and the only way to pay them is to sell… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Online puppy purchases pose problem

Pam Chin As many as 85% of the puppies sold on classified sites like Kijiji and Craigslist came from puppy mills and backyard breeders, according to a 2012 study by The International Fund for Animal Welfare. A more conservative estimate might be 60-65%. Although none of these classified sites purposely try to aid puppy mills… Read more »