Sarnia native wins Emmy Award

Cathy Dobson A lengthy list of television credits and two Daytime Emmys on Dawn Knight’s shelf are proof it’s possible to thrive in the entertainment business north of the border. Knight, 49, grew up in Sarnia, dabbled in drama before graduating from St. Patrick’s High School, and says she always felt like she wanted to… Read more »

Shipping out on a mercy trip

Cathy Dobson A local teen has been approved to volunteer in Africa on the world’s largest private hospital ship. Sophia Kooy, 18, says the mobile hospital was scheduled to anchor at the Republic of Benin, next to Nigeria, but changed its destination to East Africa because of the Ebola outbreak. “The Ebola epidemic requires immediate… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 30

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public 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, Oct. 29 Global Citizenship Summit… Read more »

Small startup businesses filling local job void

Sarnia’s economy is beginning to regain traction, with the number of businesses operating in the region growing by more than 1,000 between 2009 and 2014, according to a new report. The new gains were primarily among very small businesses, while job losses occurred among larger employers, the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board study found. Owner-owned… Read more »

Teens respond to survey on depression, suicidal thoughts

Cathy Dobson A mental health survey that received an “unbelievable” response has found many Lambton-Kent teens feel disconnected but are afraid to ask for help. Lori Brush, mental health lead with the Lambton Kent District School board, said the “Speak Up” survey reflects the opinions of 8,000 students questioned in late 2013. The findings will… Read more »

Reborn: makeover turns triplex into late Victorian treasure

Cathy Dobson Purists might argue the Victorian home at 329 Mackenzie St. has been renovated, not restored. After all, a kitchen that was nothing more than a tiny servant’s scullery is now a modern, open concept room incorporating the back pantry. There’s also been a few walls removed, primarily to provide a flow that never existed… Read more »

Sarnia, here’s your new city council

Sarnia voters gave Mayor Mike Bradley a resounding mandate Monday night, electing the city’s longest-serving mayor to a record ninth term. And when Bradley settles into his familiar mayor’s chair once again, three new faces will be joining him at city hall. Here is the nine-member team chosen to lead Sarnia for the next four… Read more »

UPDATED: Worker killed in explosion

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help the family of Jason Miller, the worker who died following an Oct. 25 industrial explosion on Scott Road. Six people including Miller were injured in the blast and fire at Veolia Industrial Services. Donations to the Miller family can be made at As of presstime, a… Read more »

Lambton Concert Band conjures up 100 years of music

Cathy Dobson Some are seasoned musicians. Others are novices. Whether 15 or 90 years of age, all are committed to ensuring a high-caliber performance, says Tessa Catton, musical director of the Lambton Concert Band. “We use music that’s at a certain level,” says Catton.  “All of it is harder. We just have to push people and,… Read more »

Employer found job-ready candidate

Marco Vigliotti Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the Goodwill Career Centre Jim Vergunst admits he was initially skeptical when approached by the local Goodwill Career Centre last year about using its service to hire a new employee at his Sarnia-based marketing and communications firm, Grafiks. Not entirely too familiar… Read more »