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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 »

Mystery stones point to buried treasure

Look closely at the sidewalk on each corner of the Lochiel and Christina streets intersection and you’ll see a pink granite stone embedded in the concrete. Each is only about six inches in diameter but the stones are a colourful curiosity in a sea of pavement. The stones are connected to the city’s art collection and the… Read more »

Hooked on salmon derby

Coming back to Sarnia to fish in the annual Salmon Derby had been on the wish list of B.C. resident Pauline Hedberg for years. Actually winning the derby by boating a monster salmon was not part of the dream. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Hedberg hooked an 18.26 pounder in the first hour of… Read more »

COLUMN: Good names, bad names – you know we’ve had our share

“The Lambton INN is out. The Lambton College Residence & Event Centre is in.” So begins the optimistic news release from Lambton College in February announcing the facility had been renamed. Because The Lambton Inn is both a student residence and a special event centre, college brass thought it wise to rebrand. A change of… Read more »

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 »