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Dwindling service clubs adapt or die in changing times

Paul Wellington wishes he had the answers. The president of the defunct Sarnia St. Clair Optimists says his shrinking group of members was blindsided recently when their charter was suddenly revoked. “We weren’t even informed properly. We found out through the proverbial grapevine that we were too far behind on our dues,” said Wellington. “The… Read more »

New emergency warning system goes live May 9

Slow or missed emergency warnings that have long bedeviled Sarnia may soon be a thing of the past. A new and free service is available that can immediately notify you of tornadoes, evacuation orders and other serious emergencies. The official unveiling is May 9, but more than 1,000 residents have already signed up for My… Read more »

The dirt on those piles of dirt in Centennial Park

About 2,000 tonnes of first-rate topsoil is piled in a parking lot on the west side of Centennial Park. The mounds of dirt have been taking up valuable parking space near the city’s boat launch for 18 months, irking nearby business owners and creating parking headaches. So what’s up with that? “We’re going to move… Read more »

With love to spare

Jack Isom was synonymous with bowling in Sarnia. But when he died at the age of 93 in February he had requested there be no funeral. So, to celebrate his life and memory, family and friends gathered at Marcin Bowl on April 26 to roll some 5-pin and reminisce while wearing some of the 40 bowling… Read more »

Sarnia’s birthday bash checklist

Sarnia’s Centennial Celebration committee is co-ordinating special events so the entire community can salute the city’s first 100 years as a city. Of course, the party started with a huge New Year’s bash that attracted 11,000 to downtown Sarnia. Here’s what’s coming up: *        Thursday, May 1 – The Sarnia Exhibit opens at the Lambton Heritage… Read more »

Lambton College expands R&D

Research and development in Sarnia got a boost when the federal government gave $505,000 to Lambton College for four tech initiatives. Lambton’s grant was the third largest of 86 awards Ottawa doled out from its applied research tools and instrumentation program, a sign of the college’s growing stature in applied research. The money will be… Read more »

Homeless shelter appeal

  River City Vineyard is appealing a court ruling ordering closure of the church’s homeless shelter by June 15. Lawyers representing the church say the men’s homeless shelter on Mitton Street is a community project sponsored by the church, and therefore permitted under Sarnia’s bylaw. They also argue a permanent injunction would prevent River City… Read more »

Flashy photos reveal depth of field

A recent Lambton College photo competition showed the school has more to offer than tech and science. The Image Challenge featured entries from 32 students in the Digital Photography program, and the quality of work was a revelation to the judges. “Some of it was exceptional. I was really impressed; all the judges were impressed,”… Read more »

Bluewater Beach Fest bringing fun in the sun

Hot, carefree beach days may still seem a long way off, but one local woman is already making big plans for fun in the sun. The first Bluewater Beach Fest will take place the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24 at Canatara Park and everyone is invited. Professional sand sculptors are booked to spend three… Read more »

Bigger bands to rock growing Powerboat Festival in Sarnia

Bigger bands will give the boats a run for their roar at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival this summer. Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth are inked for the three-day August event, which is now Sarnia’s largest festival and one of the largest international events on the Great Lakes…. Read more »