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City businessman wears many hats

Sarnia’s Floriano Persichetti believes in jumping at a good business opportunity. Ten years ago, he started AutoWerks Collision Experts where he has four employees. In April, he opened TradeWerks Plumbing and Mechanical. By summer, he’ll also own and operate a new Italian takeout and delivery restaurant. “It’s really about good employees giving me the opportunity… Read more »

Bluewater Beach Fest bringing fun in the sun

Hot, carefree beach days may still seem a long way off, but one local woman is already making big plans for fun in the sun. The first Bluewater Beach Fest will take place the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24 at Canatara Park and everyone is invited. Professional sand sculptors are booked to spend three… Read more »

Bigger bands to rock growing Powerboat Festival in Sarnia

Bigger bands will give the boats a run for their roar at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival this summer. Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth are inked for the three-day August event, which is now Sarnia’s largest festival and one of the largest international events on the Great Lakes…. Read more »

The cat came back

Joe the Cat has been released from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital and into the care of the Sarnia and District Humane Society. Joe, who caused an international furor over animal cruelty after being shot 17 times with a pellet gun, lost an eye but has otherwise full recovered from his wounds. He has also helped… Read more »

Boaters riled by tough Canadian border rules

Recreation and tourism in Sarnia are being hurt by the Canada Border Services Agency’s get-tough policy on boaters who cross the international border, local officials say. The CBSA requires the operators of all boats who cross the line to report in by telephone, a requirement that’s not enforced by their U.S. counterparts, they say. As… Read more »

This year’s Ribfest packing on the music

More live music will be on tap when the 16th annual Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Father’s Day weekend. A record 18 bands will play two stages over the four days, complementing ribbers from across North America, vendors and a midway. “This is the most diverse and powerful musical line-up Sarnia… Read more »

MPP probed on huge ‘town hall’ numbers

An eyebrow-raising number of people took part in a “telephone town hall” held by Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP on March 31. According to a news release from Bob Bailey’s office: “More than 7,600 constituents joined in and participated during the hour long call which included call-in guests Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton, and Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson.” Really?… Read more »

How Sarnia won a hand but lost the game

Ontario’s latest plan to overhaul gambling in the province stirs up painful memories of what was – and what might have been – for Sarnia. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) said last week it will expand the sale of lottery tickets, move gambling online and close or relocate gaming facilities that are “underperforming.”… Read more »

Women at work

Construction has begun on Habitat for Humanity’s latest build. Karen Ramsay, centre, and Sharon Silk, right, will live in the new home going up in Petrolia, which, for the first time, is being built by all-female volunteer work crews. With them is Debbie McNeil, branch manager of RBC in Forest and Petrolia. Ramsay said she’s… Read more »

Track star follows path of local Olympian

Danielle Quinn says following in the footsteps of Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist and five-time NCAA champion Derek Drouin in the track and field program at the University of Indiana has been both challenging and motivational. “There’s a little more pressure because I’m from the same hometown as Derek.” said the St. Christopher grad…. Read more »