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 »

Hunting for lunch

A great egret hunts for lunch in Lake Chipican on a recent sunny day. Birders have noted fewer wading and shore birds around the Canatara Park pond this year, but this bird, which will soon be heading south, if it hasn’t already, was able to score a few small fish. Glenn Ogilvie

Teen driver flipped car

Two teenaged boys face stunt driving charges following a single-vehicle collision on Cardiff Drive. Sarnia Police say the pair, aged 16 and 17, were racing on the suburban strip Oct. 17 when the 16-year-old lost control and his car struck two concrete posts and a transformer box. The vehicle flipped over and landed back on… Read more »

Sarnia has new parks director

Beth Gignac is Sarnia’s new director of parks and recreation. Gignac, who begins her new role on Nov. 19, boasts over 20 years of management experience in recreation, arts and culture with both the City of Mississauga and City of Calgary. Most recently she served as corporate lead, organizational culture in Calgary. She is also… Read more »

Hospital starts Ebola screening

Bluewater Health is seeking assistance from the public in its efforts to protect patients and staff from the Ebola virus. The hospital is asking all emergency department visitors and patients in Sarnia and Petrolia to stop at the Ebola screening sign at the entrance and await further direction from staff. Patients with scheduled appointments will… Read more »

Attempted murder charge laid

City police have charged a 38-year-old Sarnia man with attempted murder and arson following a serious south-end house fire. City firefighters arriving in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 21 to find flames and heavy smoke billowing from the two-storey home on Alfred Street. They entered and searched. A 24-year-old city man was rushed to hospital with burns and lung damage, Sarnia… Read more »