Fight to save SCITS gains traction

Cathy Dobson Three hours into the first public meeting called to discuss the recommended closure of Sarnia Collegiate, Gavin Hall couldn’t take it anymore. “Let’s hear from the crowd,” he demanded, jumping to his feet. “This is all window dressing.” Hall, who graduated from Sarnia Collegiate and taught there for 29 years, had sat patiently with… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Jan. 21

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, Jan. 20 Research Your Home Lambton… Read more »

New Chamber president

Shirley de Silva has been hired as president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce. de Silva is relocating from Sudbury and has both a background in the aviation industry and experience with not-for-profit groups, board chair Rob Taylor said. She also has a communications degree and a Master’s in Municipal Leadership, and… Read more »

Raccoon rabies found in Ontario

Health officials are advising local residents to report any raccoons seen acting abnormally after five raccoons tested positive for rabies in the Hamilton and Haldimand-Norfolk area. It’s the first time confirmation of raccoon rabies in Ontario in a decade. The virus hasn’t be seen in Lambton County, but pet owners are advised not to let… Read more »

Local winners at Huron Lakers tournament

The Huron Lakes hosted a basketball tournament in Sarnia the weekend of Jan. 9-10 that featured teams from Sarnia, Guelph, London, Windsor, Chatham and Tecumseh. The Lakers novice girls went 4-0 to win gold with an overtime victory in the final. From left are, from row: Jamison Turner, Nevaeh Elerson, Hayley Vanhooft, Ryen Mella, Alexa… Read more »

Year of Local: Sarnian carves out career as musician, speaker

This is the second in a series of submitted stories produced by the Year of Local, a collaborative project highlighting businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Sarnia. Laura Greaves D.O. (Defy the Odds) Gibson is a rapper, motivational speaker, music producer and anti-bullying advocate. In 2003 he set the Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle… Read more »

Local lottery winners on a roll, as luck would have it

Tara Jeffrey Are you feeling lucky, Sarnia? Well a handful of area residents sure are, after taking home more than $7.5 million in lottery winnings dished out over the past five months. But according to OLG spokesperson Dita Kuhtey, there’s nothing magic in our blue water. It’s all just the luck of the draw. “We… Read more »

Arts Journal: Canino has done it all at Theatre Sarnia

Cathy Dobson It’s shocking sometimes how much one decision can shape an entire lifetime. Just ask Henri Canino. At age 15, at the urging of her St. Patrick’s High School drama teacher Gord Bristo, she decided to check out community theatre. In the 30 years since, Theatre Sarnia has been a second home, a critical… Read more »

Girls Silver Stick this weekend

Barry Wright When Bryan Chappell came up with a plan almost two decades ago to bring dozens of hockey teams to Sarnia for the first North American Girls Silver Stick Finals, there were plenty of naysayers. “You’ll never get it off the ground,” was a prominent sentiment before the tournament began in 1999, he said…. Read more »

United Way grants

The United Way’s record-breaking campaign of 2015 is having an immediate impact. With more than $2 million raised, three new programs have been granted funding and 10 more the agency already supports will get a raise over the next three years. Overall, the largest grant recipients included counselling services at the Family Counselling Centre ($170,200),… Read more »