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Lake Chipican visitor

Sarnia’s Raymond Knoll snapped this recent photo of a green heron at Lake Chipican. It was the first sighting of the specie this year at the pond, which typically featuring four to six green herons, he said. Other birds are missing or greatly reduced, with only one great egret and two blue herons reported so… Read more »

A gift-wrapped gazebo

Point Edward is giving Sarnia a birthday present. The village has offered a gazebo to help the city mark its first 100 years as a city. The details are still vague, but Point Edward said it wants to recognize its long and neighbourly relationship with the city with a gift. The suggested location is on… Read more »

OPINION: Ontario’s watchdog barks and bites

Ontario’s Ombudsman is getting more oversight to probe complaints about schools and municipalities, and I say Hallelujah. Andre Marin has been a breath of fresh air for nearly a decade now, bravely stirring the thick fug of secretive government ministries, intransigent agencies and opaque Crown corporations. With the passage of Bill 8, the Accountability Act,… Read more »

Founding of Corunna was a capital idea

If not for those damn Yankees the Parliament buildings of Canada would have been built on Baird Street in Corunna, not some distant hill in Ottawa. The story of how Corunna nearly became the nation’s capital is not an urban myth. It really happened. In the year 1823, Lord Beresford led the first of three… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Why are food banks still necessary?

I often get asked this question because food banks, started in the early ‘80s, were intended to be a temporary measure until the economy improved. Yet, 33 years later, they are an important service in every community because of structural changes in our society. The sad fact is food banks are here to stay. Historically,… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

Taking the bait

Curtis Epps, left and Brandon Johnson, both of Sarnia, found a cool spot on a warm summer day to fish beneath the River Road bridge at the Shell Canada refinery near Corunna. The pair were angling for bass and freshwater gar. Glenn Ogilvie

The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »

City players dominate tennis tournament

Sarnia athletes shone at the third stop of the Little Caesars Junior Tennis Tour, winning three of five division titles. Elise McInnis claimed the Girls 18-and-under title by defeating Ava Skuse of London 8-6. Andrew Davies took the Boys 18-and-under honours by knocking off Josh Ashby of Chatham 8-7. And Ryan Davies won the 10-and-under… Read more »

Camlachie teen has arm lengthened

It’s been a long wait for Colton Bidner. After six months of wearing a metal cage on his right arm, the Camlachie teen is finally free of it. The 13-year-old was born with one arm shorter than the other, which caused his hand to turn in and make simple tasks difficult. So, the family sought… Read more »