Progressive Arena?

Sarnia council has tentatively approved a proposal from Progressive Auto Sale and authorized staff to negotiate an agreement giving the city company naming rights of the SSEC. Progressive offered to pay the city $42,500 a year for 10 year, compared to an offer of $40,000 annually from the only other bidder, the Labourer’s International Union… Read more »

Group of 20-somethings launch downtown marketing firm

Cathy Dobson The creative director behind Sarnia’s newest marketing firm says he doesn’t like doing things the conventional way and that’s what will make the venture successful. “We are the only agency this young in Sarnia,” says Liwordson Vijayabalan. At age 20, he opened the doors to Tomorrow Media and Creative Marketing in early May…. Read more »

Week of May 19

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, May 18 Alice in Wonderland On… Read more »

Sarnia cracking down on nature trail abusers

George Mathewson Sarnia is cracking down on property owners who encroach on the Howard Watson Nature Trail. After years of reminders and warnings city hall is ready to initiate legal action against residents who treat the nature trail like an extension of their own back yards. The move follows a recent inspection that revealed numerous… Read more »

Chips off the old block

Launa Romoewski and Holden Robertson clean up the debris after chainsaw artist Mike Winia turned this major tree stump into a work of art on the front lawn of Lansdowne Public School. The special school celebration on May 11 featured a teepee and community fun fair with a dunk tank, food and games to raise… Read more »

‘Coming out’ the focus of next Sarnia Speaks

Tara Jeffrey When Shawn Johnston was asked to return to Sarnia as a panelist for a new speaker series, he jumped on the opportunity. “I look at Sarnia as the place where my whole journey started,” said the 39-year-old Aboriginal Education Centre events coordinator at the University of Waterloo. “It plays a huge role in… Read more »

Riverwalk concept left hanging

A proposal for a $2-million elevated pier and pavilion on the St. Clair River has failed to win support from city council – at least for now. Councillors said the “Riverwalk” concept proposed by local architect David Lavender would be a great addition to the city’s waterfront, but narrowly voted against taking any action. Coun…. Read more »

A sad end for SCITS and its supporters

Cathy Dobson   Defeated Save SCITS advocates say they are angry that school board vice-chair Scott McKinlay chose the final meeting to admonish them for their efforts. “What really bothered me is the way the public was scolded,” said Susan MacKenzie, a member of the core group that fought to keep Sarnia’s oldest high school… Read more »

Forced to flee Fort McMurray, some evacuees return to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Terrin Brush considers herself one of the lucky ones. Forced by wildfires to evacuate Fort McMurray, she and her husband are now with family in Sarnia and been assured their home is intact. “The outpouring of support has been wonderful,” said Brush, a hairdresser and former Lambton College instructor who moved from Sarnia… Read more »

Youth group show gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’

Cathy Dobson Director Anthony Fracalanza sifted through about 20 versions of Alice in Wonderland before choosing a unique adaptation for this month’s Theatre Sarnia Senior Youth Group stage production. “It’s always been a favourite story of mine,” says Fracalanza. “It’s a story I related to because it’s such an escape into the imagination. “Plus, the… Read more »