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Sustainability group shutting down

The Bluewater Sustainability Initiative is no longer, well … sustainable. The agency founded to ensure Sarnia-Lambton’s cultural, economic, environmental and social future has held its last official event. It’s shutting its doors in June after eight years. BSI has held many events and groomed numerous projects since 2006.  Workshops on alternate energy and recycling were… Read more »

Massage franchise works out the kinks

Mike and Mary Jorgenson are introducing a new approach to massage therapy to Sarnia. They are franchise owners of Massage Addict, a membership-based massage provider with 15 locations in Ontario. The Jorgensons, each with 15 years of retail experience, have rights to the Southwestern Region. They opened their first Massage Addict on April 1 at… Read more »

City teen makes wrestling history

Sarnia’s Emily Schaefer ended her high school wrestling career with a clean sweep. At the recent Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSSA) championship in Brampton, the Grade Northern Collegiate student stood atop the podium in the girls 51 kilogram weight class, claiming her fourth provincial title in as many years. Capturing a single Ontario… Read more »

Ships backed up in Lake Huron

Shipping traffic has been backed up in southern Lake Huron because sections of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice. As many as half a dozen freighters can be seen some days parked in the lake, waiting for a chance to head north into the upper lakes. The shipping season was late starting this… Read more »

Cinderella Story has happy ending

A total of 71 young women received gowns at no cost for their recent Grade 8 graduations and Grade 12 proms, thanks to this year’s Cinderella Story. Newer gowns donated throughout the year are provided to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Volunteers with the project also assist with dress selection and fittings, accessories, make-up… Read more »

New city festival lands Hip frontman Gord Downie

Gord Downie is joining the revolution. The lead singer and lyricist of Canadian superband The Tragically Hip is coming to Sarnia to headline a new festival celebrating all that’s good in our community. “We know he’ll be a good fit,” says Chris Lewis, organizer with the second Festival of Good Things on the city’s waterfront… Read more »

Local chefs come home to roost

There’s a perception in Sarnia that our city doesn’t have enough good jobs to keep and attract young adults. Joe Paquette and Donald Traxler blow that myth right out of the water. Both are chefs at The Watermark Village Bistro in Point Edward, and both left Sarnia only to return to their hometown and quickly… Read more »

Branding: We aren’t what we fear we are

 “Your brand is what they say about you when you’re not around.” –  North Star Destination Strategies   The coming out party for Sarnia-Lambton’s new “brand” has been pushed back to the fall. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership had hoped to unveil the community logo and catchphrase by now but it’s been a complex process, said general… Read more »

It’s about those tights, Robin

Getting 27 young actors to learn their lines for a new adaptation of Robin Hood was easy. Getting the 10-to-18-year-olds to wear their costumes – dorky boots, shapeless dresses and, yes, stretch tights – not so much, says Nancy Keys, director of the Lambton Young Theatre Players. “We have met with a little resistance,” she… Read more »

Sisters take fitness to next level

Two Sarnia sisters are heading to the Canadian CrossFit Regionals in Toronto next month, but they are going with very different expectations. Kristine Andali, 23, says her goal is to finish in the top two in the 48-woman field, while her sister, 26-year-old Jenine White, would be satisfied to place in the top ten. The… Read more »