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Woman leaves $1million to Sarnia charities

It took a ceremony at city hall to accomplish what Louise Strangway wouldn’t allow while still alive – public recognition of her kindness. Recipients from five local organization rose one by one to accept cheques of about $200,000 each on May 16, their share of a remarkable $1-million bequest from the attention-shy woman. Strangway died… Read more »

3 new commercial buildings near Lambton Mall

Construction of three new commercial buildings worth more than $1 million on Lambton Mall Road is a major boost to the local economy. A new $580,000 Tim Horton’s restaurant is taking shape at the corner of Lambton Mall Road and Quinn Drive, says Alan Shaw, Sarnia’s chief building official. On the same property, a former… Read more »

Dermatology patients high and dry

Sarnia’s last dermatologist is no longer visiting the city, leaving thousands of patients to scramble for treatment. Dr. A. K. Gupta had been travelling from London weekly to assist the former patients of Dr. Aurea Jose, who retired in 2011 with 5,000 people on her roster. But Gupta stopped seeing patients in Sarnia on April… Read more »

Game on at Lambton College

Pulling out your iPad to play games in class is usually a recipe for scholastic trouble. Except at Lambton College, where instructors plan to use games to engage bored students and improve academic success. So what’s up with that? Lambton is developing a pilot program to test gaming in six courses this September, making it one… Read more »

Grade 8 kids can make a difference

For some it’s sports; for others it’s music or money. But for Sarnia’s Chris Dejonghe pure joy comes from making a difference in someone’s life. “This is what I’m into,” says the 13-year-old Cathcart Public School student. “It makes me happy and my friends are into it too.” Chris just finished a coin drive at… Read more »

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 »