STREET NAMES: Vidal clan was a local dynasty

No family has had a greater impact on Sarnia street names than the Vidals. Richard Emeric Vidal was a captain in the Royal Navy who was rewarded for his service with 200 acres in what would become the city’s choicest residential neighbourhoods. He wasn’t famous like his brother, the British admiral and explorer Alexander Vidal,… Read more »

Endangered peregrine falcon gets second chance at rehab centre

Miller, a 10-week-old peregrine falcon, perches on the hand of Erica Dimuzio, clinic manager of the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation. Glenn Ogilvie It was Miller’s lucky day. Well, sort of. After the baby peregrine falcon left its nest tucked high into the upper supports of the original Blue Water Bridge, he apparently attempted a… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Aug. 14

WHAT’S HAPPENING 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 August 13th Grove Music Series The Summer Music Series… Read more »

Race to Erase: putting fun back in fundraising

The co-founder of Race to Erase admits the event born in Sarnia nine years ago has “a lot of moving parts.” But in a nutshell, teams compete in light-hearted challenges throughout the community, all in support of 11 charities. Think ‘Amazing Race’ or ‘Minute to Win It,’ but with a local twist, said Rich Bouchard…. Read more »

Powerboats a hit

Sunday’s international powerboat races were a big hit with crowds on both sides of the St. Clair River. This shot, taken during the time trials, was submitted by reader Laura Austin.

Trattoria recipes passed down through generations

Cooking comes naturally to Antonietta Mele. “It’s second nature to me. I don’t measure anything. I just cook. “It’s just who I am.” Mele has worked in a restaurant kitchen most of her life. Shortly after immigrating to Canada from Italy as a little girl, Mele’s parents, Salvatore and Teresa Lopetrone, started Riverside Pizzeria in… Read more »

Powerboat festival a roaring success

Even Sarnians who didn’t head downtown for International Offshore Powerboat Races last weekend probably heard them. Live music and roaring speedboats anchored the soundscape of the festival, which drew huge crowds to the shoreline of both Sarnia and Port Huron. The three-day event was organized to be family-friendly, with a line-up of street performances that… Read more »

Clock ticking on future of Cull Drain Bridge

The Cull Drain Bridge could still be saved and for less money than city hall believes, an historic bridge expert says. Nathan Holth said dropping the bridge into the creek to be dragged away by bulldozers – one option on the table – would cost nearly as much as removing it by crane intact for… Read more »

West Nile confirmed in Corunna mosquitos

Mosquitos in Corunna have been found carrying West Nile virus. The insects collected July 31 from a trap were the first to test positive for the virus in Sarnia-Lambton this summer. To reduce the risk of infection, Lambton Public Health recommends using insect repellent containing DEET and eliminating breeding areas by removing standing water from… Read more »

Child mental health services cut

St. Clair Child and Youth Services is laying off staff to cover a budget shortfall. Two full-time positions have been axed that will impact prevention and treatment services, said executive director Rick Shields. He said the government’s practice of not adjusting funding to inflation is taking a toll on the children’s mental health sector. “This… Read more »