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Winterkill leaves gardeners cold

Property owners in Sarnia are watching anxiously to see if their trees, bushes and flowers bounce back after a long harsh winter. Depending on whom you speak to, we are three to six weeks behind schedule in the growing season and a devastating amount of winterkill is evident across the region. Just ask Jeff Barrschers…. Read more »

Blood donors save pharmacist’s life

Sarnia pharmacist Lamar Hanna was at work when he began feeling unwell. It was shortly after Super Bowl Sunday and he brushed it off as fatigue. “But I knew something was weird because I don’t normally get headaches,” said Hanna, 30, who together with wife Jessica are the pharmacist-owners of Centrepoint IDA Pharmacy. “This was… Read more »

Track and field championships underway in Sarnia

Sebastian Smith nails a jump at the LSSAA track and field championships that began Tuesday at LCCVI in Petrolia. Smith cleared 6.37 metres to win the junior boys long jump, and 185 centimetres to win the high jump competition. The competition continues Wednesday. Bruce Smith Photo

OPINION: Tear down the fence

City council did the prudent thing last week by postponing a million dollars worth of upgrades in Centennial Park. Priority one must be removing the fences and restoring public access to the park, two-thirds of which has been off limits since the discovery of toxic lead and asbestos in the soil. The new lighting and… Read more »

Mural, mural on the wall

In the year of Sarnia’s 100th anniversary celebration a key heritage display is in dire need of repair. City officials say the enormous mural on the north-facing exterior wall of Grace Brothers Antiques will come down permanently if $20,000 can’t be found to fix it. “From a community standpoint, it’s a real shame that wall… Read more »

And the livin’ is easy

Fresh from exams, college and university students are returning to Sarnia from across North America with job hopes, bags of laundry and a taste for home cooking. Here, Erin Babby, right, a French and Spanish-language student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Selah Edlington, a communications student at Ryerson University, swap stories and share photos on… Read more »

Local goalie eyes future with Sting

Kaden Fulcher plans to make his mark on the Ontario Hockey League. The Sarnia Sting nabbed the local player in the 13th round of the OHL Priority Selection last month off the roster of the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget “AAA” team. The 15-year-old from Brigden called it an honour to be taken by his… Read more »

Roller Derby gals seek fresh blood

The Sarnia Roller Derby League is inviting newcomers to try one of the fastest growing sports in North America. “I like the alter ego that you become when you play,” says Dana Johnson, known as ‘Wild Child’ on the track. “How can you not have fun on roller skates? she asked. “Have you ever seen… Read more »

Lola’s chef flexes his mussels

The first time Mike Jacques donned a chef’s hat and coat, he was helping prepare food for a grand opening attended by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “I was a Grade 12 co-op student in the cafeteria at St. Francois Xavier high school the year it opened, and we made quiche for the mayor,” he recalls…. Read more »

Sarnia celebrates first 100 years in style

City Hall was a busy place last week when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. The birthday party featured a cake-cutting, the St. Clair marching band and school choir, a town crier and a trio of centenarians. Children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and… Read more »