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Plan to displace Nature Trail for road has stiff opposition

Marco Vigliotti The long-planned extension of The Rapids Parkway on the Howard Watson Nature Trail could lead to other intrusions on the beloved path, warns a man spearheading a campaign to halt the project. Tom Bernard says building a road over the trail where it passes beneath Highway 402 is a dangerous precedent that would… Read more »

Superbug leaves Sarnia woman paralyzed

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman who once owned a local party store and liked nothing better than to make others smile is now in desperate need. Sue VanEkeren, 51, is bedridden at Parkwood Rehabilitation Centre in London virtually unable to move from the neck down. Her family has been told she will be discharged Dec…. Read more »

Sarnia Roadrunners still going strong after 43 years

Barry Wright Members of the Sarnia Roadrunners Association have run countless thousands of kilometers since the group’s inception in 1971. “We’ve had kids as young as three running – with their parents of course – all the way up to runners in who are 75 plus,” said president Glen Crawford. Runners do one and three… Read more »

Lambton County at higher risk for cancer-causing basement gas

Marco Vigliotti A 2012 Health Canada study found 8.5 per cent of Lambton County residents live in homes with radon concentrations above the current guideline – higher than the Ontario average of 8.2 per cent and the national average of 6.5 per cent. Those numbers, however, offer very little insight into the odds of recording… Read more »

Renowned scientist’s passion for aquatic life began in Sarnia

Marco Vigliotti As a child growing up in Sarnia, Karen Kidd developed an affinity for water that she credits with helping shape her distinguished academic career. The stark contrast in her hometown of picturesque water and smoking petrochemical facilities familiarized the renowned scientist at a young age with what would become her life’s work –… Read more »

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 »