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City mom guides us through parenting jungle

How much is enough television?  Do timeouts really work?  And what do you do when your teen announces he’s getting a tattoo? These are only a few challenges of parenthood and there’s no easy answers, admits Sarnia author Liz Parsons. Her first book – a very personal examination of her parenting successes and failures –… Read more »

Big acts announced for summer concerts

The Tea Party and Chantal Kreviazuk will headline the Stokes Bay concert series this summer. This is the second year for the event, which takes place on the lawn outside Stokes near Sarnia Bay. “We hope these shows give Sarnians a chance to finally get out in some warm weather to enjoy some great music… Read more »

Splendor in the glass

When the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church gathers for Easter services some members will be bathed in light from stained glass as old as the nation. The cornerstone of Sarnia’s oldest church was laid on the very day of Canada’s Confederation, and a few of its windows date to that period. In fact, according… Read more »

Carpenter crafting company out of wood

Sarnia’s Jordan Parker says he’s opened his new woodwork and cabinetry business just as one of the region’s strongest construction seasons arrives. “This could be one of the busiest seasons in years,” he said. “I don’t think people wanted to spend during our extra-long winter, and now they do. “We’re putting in 50-hour weeks here.”… Read more »

More good news for Nova

The expansion of Nova Chemicals in Sarnia has been so successful a second pipeline may be needed to bring in more ethane feedstock from the U.S. Nova wants to use more shale gas from the Marcellus and Utica beds to feed its growing operations in Sarnia, John Hotz, Nova’s vice president of corporate strategy said… Read more »

COLUMN: Sarnia needs its own museum

Ottawa gave the City of Windsor $2 million toward a $6.2-million community museum last week. Expected to open next year on the ground floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor, the new museum’s exhibitions and galleries will tell the story of the Rose City, from its francophone heritage to its auto industry. Why do we… Read more »

Coronation Park day nursery on chopping block

Sarnia’s mayor is asking Lambton County to take a deep breath before closing Coronation Park Day Nursery. A staff report is recommending county councillors vote to close the Oak Avenue centre by June, a move that would kill 40 jobs and see the building sold. Mike Bradley said the largest county staff layoff in history… Read more »

Man charged with luring young girls

Sarnia Police have charged a 52-year-old Forest man with luring young girls over the Internet. Police say the charges relate to Facebook interactions involving two young girls over several weeks in March. The girls were known by the man, who was taken into custody, police say. The man is charged with two counts of luring… Read more »

Sarnia confronts addiction problem

It’s critical that a residential facility open soon to help Sarnians with serious addictions, says Mayor Mike Bradley. Sarnia’s alcohol and drug problem is “significant and deep,” he said. As a new outpatient detox program launches this month for those with mild to moderate addictions, the people who need residential withdrawal management can’t be forgotten,… Read more »