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 »

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 »

What’s Happening, Week of May 15

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 where to obtain more information. Email notices to  Wednesday, May 14 Lawn Bowling Newcomers can try their hand at lawn… Read more »

And the livin’ is easy

Fresh from exams, college and university students are returning to Sarnia from across North America with job hopes, bags of laundry and a taste for home cooking. Here, Erin Babby, right, a French and Spanish-language student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Selah Edlington, a communications student at Ryerson University, swap stories and share photos on… Read more »

News briefs, Week of May 15

Cinderella’s wish granted Awesome Foundation Sarnia has awarded a $1,000 no-strings attached grant to Debbie Anderson for her project Cinderella Story. Anderson’s group collects dresses for a free annual Prom Dress Boutique for young women who lack resources. But a few are left out each year because their sizes aren’t available. The money will buy dresses… Read more »