City comedian part of coast-to-coast road tour

Cathy Dobson   How is Sarnia’s Andrew Barr contributing to the cross-country comedy tour he’s on with two buddies? “I’m the one most willing to sleep on the floor at the hotel and that’s pretty important when all we get is one room for the night,” he jokes. “I’m also super-duper funny.” Barr, 22, climbed… Read more »

‘Discoveries that Matter:’ New brand to promote community

Cathy Dobson Rarely does a community choose a marketing logo and tagline that doesn’t contain its name but, then again, Sarnia-Lambton’s new branding choice is unique in a lot of ways, says the CEO of the Toronto marketing firm that conceived it. “Normally, you’d have a geographic reference and usually a single entity about the… Read more »

Health campus plans unveiled

Marco Vigliotti Transforming the former Sarnia General Hospital into a campus for healthcare-related businesses should spur further revitalization in the area, says the five-member investor group behind the project. But neighbours wants assurances the proposed redevelopment doesn’t cause parking and congestion problems, and they worry the site will host Bluewater Health’s new 24/7 residential withdrawal… Read more »

Mary Brown brings her chicken to town

Cathy Dobson The first Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters franchise this side of London has opened. The restaurant at 1149 Confederation St. is owned by Doug and Corinne Loucks, who say it’s the 110th Mary Brown’s location and the only one in this region. Doug Loucks, a former general manager of the Holiday Inn… Read more »

Reports recommends library upgrades

Sarnia will use $32,000 in federal assistance to make the first floor washrooms accessible at the Sarnia Library. Steps to the washroom currently make the library difficult to use for anyone with a disability. The washrooms were just one of many shortcomings identified in a recent architectural report on the condition of the 55-year-old library…. Read more »

City firefighters get new contract

Sarnia’s 125 firefighters have a new contract containing a 9% pay increase over three years. The deal, retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year, also sees some adjustments to benefits. Cost to taxpayers is an additional $351,000 annually by the end of the contract. The settlement also involves a three-year trial period for a 24-hour… Read more »

Clean Harbors reverses decision

A U.S.-based hazardous waste company has reversed its decision to truck contaminated soil originally from New York’s infamous Love Canal to its disposal site near Corunna. Clean Harbors said it would instead send the waste to one of its U.S. landfills, an official told St. Clair Township last week. The decision came shortly after Sarnia… Read more »

Lost face restored to downtown mural

The lost face of Sir Joseph Hobson has been restored to this mural in downtown Sarnia depicting construction of the first St. Clair Railway tunnel. On hand for the restoration were members of the Sarnia Heritage Committee, artist and sign maker David Beatty, and Bluewater Power, which provided a hoist so the new panel could… Read more »

Free parenting sessions

  Lambton Public Health is offering free parenting sessions starting in January. The sessions are an informal source of information to help parents, grandparents and caregivers use positive discipline and communication with children, said public health nurse Miranda Clubb. Day and evening programs are available with free childcare for kids up to age six. Space… Read more »