Student-organized ‘Drive By Food Drive’  continues today 

Cathy Dobson When Melanie Rogers gets caught up in the emotion of it all and is tempted to high-five one of her food drive volunteers or donors, she quickly stops herself. “We are following strict COVID-19 protocols,” she says.  “So we are air-fiving instead.” The food drive Rogers and other students in Lambton College’s Social Service… Read more »

Prevost adds weightlifting record to athletic resume

Troy Shantz Sarnia multi-sport athletic wonder Carolyne Prevost has added another honour to her long list of accomplishments. Prevost set a new Rogue World Record at the annual Arnold Classic Strongman competition in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month when she completed 63 separate 225-pound deadlifts. She wasn’t the strongest woman at a single lift, she… Read more »

Seven cases of COVID-19 now confirmed in Sarnia-Lambton

Troy Shantz Two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Sarnia-Lambton, bringing the total number of cases to seven. All seven patients are being monitored in isolation at Bluewater Health, and four are in the intensive care unit (ICU), officials say. “It would not be a surprise, and nor should it be a surprise… Read more »

Sarnia man still stranded in Peru by Covid-19 pandemic

Troy Shantz A trip of a lifetime has turned into a nightmare for one Sarnia man stuck in Peru for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kurtis Lush is one of about 1,300 Canadians trying to get out of Peru. Three Canadian government chartered planes ferried about 1,200 citizens back home over the past week,… Read more »

Letters: week of Mar. 26

Rebuild of the Sarnia Sting will continue next season Sir: Another season of Sarnia Sting hockey has come to an end. It began with player injuries and suspensions, and Sarnia went 0-7 to start the year. Then the Sting won eight of the next 10 games and things started looking good. But there were more… Read more »

Want to help your local restaurant? Order some takeout

Cathy Dobson & Troy Shantz Many Sarnia restaurants and eateries are dark and empty places this week. The social distancing imposed by the Covid-19 outbreak has slashed revenue and meant layoffs for hundreds of wait staff, dishwashers and cooks. Ups N’ Downs pub on Front Street and Paddy Flaherty’s on Seaway Road both shut down… Read more »

ISO live streaming concerts to keep musical beat going

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s downtown has been a quiet place since the COVID-19 state of emergency was declared. “It’s like a tumbleweed scene,” said Anthony Wing, executive director of the International Symphony Orchestra. The ISO’s March concerts were cancelled and the April 24-25 finale is uncertain. To make matters worse, Wing’s office phone and the furnace at… Read more »

Amid closures, churches stay in touch

Troy Shantz Musicians tuned their instruments as a tech crew ensured the sound and lighting was just right at Sarnia’s Temple Baptist Church last weekend. It was a normal church service in every way but for one: the pews were empty. “This is a very unusual Sunday,” lead pastor Donald Calder told more than 200… Read more »