Stone cairn marks city’s ‘other’ Centennial

John Rochon The stone cairn on the northeast corner of Front and George streets commemorates not the declaration of Sarnia as a city, but the Centennial of the naming of Sarnia. The new community was often referred to as The Rapids due to its proximity to the rapids in the St. Clair River, and by… Read more »

Learning to skate isn’t easy

Kyleigh Beauvais-Chad, a student at P.E. McGibbon School, recovers from a tumble during an RBC Learn to Skate session at the Sarnia Arena. Three-time Olympic Gold medalist Becky Kellar Duke of the Canadian women’s hockey team joined the students on the ice, helping prepare them for an on-ice appearance during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge… Read more »

Winner of Humane Society raffle gives back the grand prize

Marco Vigliotti When Sarnia’s Michele Stokley won the diamond ring grand prize in a Sarnia Humane Society raffle last week it appeared to be a typical end to another successful fundraiser. She set off to Brian Davis Jewellery, which had donated the prize, to accept the ring and greet the store’s owner and Humane Society… Read more »

Off the rack

Looking good in a stolen coat proved to be an unwise move for one local motorist. When Sarnia Police pulled over a vehicle for an Oct. 10 traffic stop on Lansdowne Avenue the driver was wearing a brand new leather coat. While chatting with the man, the officer noticed an ink security tag still attached… Read more »

Candidate charged with sexual exploitation

A 43-year-old trustee candidate for the public school board has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl. Glenn Aaron MacKinnon, of Sarnia, has ties to various community groups including Harmony for Youth, Point Edward Optimists and the annual summer Bridge Bash. He is well known in the local music scene… Read more »

Driver charged in fatal

Sarnia Police have charged a truck driver in connection with a fatal collision on Maxwell Street this summer. On Aug. 10, a 73-year-old Sarnia woman carrying a grocery bag was struck and killed near Maxwell and Roger streets. A 31-year-old city man has now been charged with careless driving and is scheduled to appear in… Read more »

City accountants honoured

Two chartered accountants in Sarnia have received separate honours from their industry peers. Debra Taylor has been elected to the council of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Ontario, and Sandy Whyte has received a rare Life Membership Award. Whyte was touted for her professionalism and lifelong dedication to volunteerism. She was also recognized for… Read more »

Sarnia’s iconic MacLean Centre coming down

Cathy Dobson Photos Workers with Murray Demolition spent Saturday tearing down the MacLean Centre in Sarnia’s Centennial Park. The former restaurant and meeting hall was being razed down to its concrete support pad by the company at no cost to taxpayers, in recognition of Sarnia’s efforts to redevelop the site as a legacy project. The… Read more »

No ifs, ands or butts

Thirty-three volunteers spent Sept. 29 cleaning up three Sarnia beaches by picking up 51 pounds of garbage and thousands of cigarette butts. The effort, part of the Great Canadian Coastline Cleanup, saw workers pick up debris on Baxter, Modeland and Blackwell beaches. The next step comes in November when native dune grasses from Pinery Provincial… Read more »

It’s perogie time

Hedy Krasinkiewicz, centre, fires circles of dough through the air to a waiting team of perogie-makers at Queen of Peace Church, with Kay Robor, left, and Isabella Czainski looking on. A 56-year-old tradition returns Nov. 1 when the Queen of Peace Bazaar is held at the Polish Community Hall, featuring perogies, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut and… Read more »