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Cinderella Story has happy ending

A total of 71 young women received gowns at no cost for their recent Grade 8 graduations and Grade 12 proms, thanks to this year’s Cinderella Story. Newer gowns donated throughout the year are provided to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Volunteers with the project also assist with dress selection and fittings, accessories, make-up… Read more »

New city festival lands Hip frontman Gord Downie

Gord Downie is joining the revolution. The lead singer and lyricist of Canadian superband The Tragically Hip is coming to Sarnia to headline a new festival celebrating all that’s good in our community. “We know he’ll be a good fit,” says Chris Lewis, organizer with the second Festival of Good Things on the city’s waterfront… Read more »

Local chefs come home to roost

There’s a perception in Sarnia that our city doesn’t have enough good jobs to keep and attract young adults. Joe Paquette and Donald Traxler blow that myth right out of the water. Both are chefs at The Watermark Village Bistro in Point Edward, and both left Sarnia only to return to their hometown and quickly… Read more »

Branding: We aren’t what we fear we are

 “Your brand is what they say about you when you’re not around.” –  North Star Destination Strategies   The coming out party for Sarnia-Lambton’s new “brand” has been pushed back to the fall. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership had hoped to unveil the community logo and catchphrase by now but it’s been a complex process, said general… Read more »

It’s about those tights, Robin

Getting 27 young actors to learn their lines for a new adaptation of Robin Hood was easy. Getting the 10-to-18-year-olds to wear their costumes – dorky boots, shapeless dresses and, yes, stretch tights – not so much, says Nancy Keys, director of the Lambton Young Theatre Players. “We have met with a little resistance,” she… Read more »

Mystery stones point to buried treasure

Look closely at the sidewalk on each corner of the Lochiel and Christina streets intersection and you’ll see a pink granite stone embedded in the concrete. Each is only about six inches in diameter but the stones are a colourful curiosity in a sea of pavement. The stones are connected to the city’s art collection and the… Read more »

Hooked on salmon derby

Coming back to Sarnia to fish in the annual Salmon Derby had been on the wish list of B.C. resident Pauline Hedberg for years. Actually winning the derby by boating a monster salmon was not part of the dream. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Hedberg hooked an 18.26 pounder in the first hour of… Read more »

Venture grant a recipe for success

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is giving a venture grant to a program for people with a mental illness and living in poverty. The Opening Doors program will get $30,000 for monthly cooking classes at the West Lambton Health Centre as well as a one-hour, weekly fitness class. The cooking classes use food from the… Read more »

City mom guides us through parenting jungle

How much is enough television?  Do timeouts really work?  And what do you do when your teen announces he’s getting a tattoo? These are only a few challenges of parenthood and there’s no easy answers, admits Sarnia author Liz Parsons. Her first book – a very personal examination of her parenting successes and failures –… Read more »

Teacher’s legacy lives on

A group that provides fruit and vegetables to more than 6,000 local students has received a $10,000 boost from Noelle’s Gift. The gift will reduce the funding gap at 37 student nutrition programs run by volunteers at local schools, said Leslie Palimaka, a co-ordinator with Lambton Public Health. The average healthy snack costs $1 while… Read more »