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 »

Point Edward chef has steaked out his turf

Steve Economou seems like a shy man until you ask him about how to cook a really great steak. That’s when he warms to the subject. “It’s all about the cut of meat,” says the chef who has been cooking steak in Sarnia and Point Edward for 42 years. “Not everyone likes the same. A… Read more »

Sport of archery takes flight

The popularity of The Hunger Games series has renewed interest in the sport of archery, especially among girls. But it wasn’t heroine Katniss Everdeen and her big screen prowess with a bow that drew 15-year-old Ali Kraayenbrink to the range – it was competition. “Actually, I thought the movies were kind of cheesy,” she said, before letting… Read more »

Saddle Club rides off into the sunset

Maybe if a youth program had encouraged younger riders. Maybe if the price of membership had been bumped up. The last few members of the Lambton County Saddle Club will never know what could have saved it. All they know is the property taxes are owing and the only way to pay them is to sell… Read more »

San Rocco returns this weekend

“Una Festa per Tutti!” Sarnia’s San Rocco Festival is called the “festival for everyone” because it serves up a slice of Italian heritage for all of Sarnia to enjoy. The event at the Clearwater Arena features live bands and dancing, games for the kids and Italian food and beverage booths Aug. 9 and 10. Now… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of Aug. 7

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, Aug. 6 Children’s Art Class In co-operation with the… Read more »

‘Mobile market’ back in action

The Inn of the Good Shepherd’s summer ‘mobile market’ is back on the streets. The market is a truck that brings fresh produce to residents who may otherwise go without. Countywide, the service provides about 4,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to more than 200 households each week. Users are asked to bring a… Read more »

It works! Grand Bend tornado first true test of new emergency warning network

Decades of trial and error in Sarnia-Lambton have finally resulted in an emergency notification system that works. The challenge now is to get more residents to register. My CNN (Community Notification Network) is a rapid-dial computer system able to make 22 phone calls a second during an emergency. Three months ago, the industries that make… Read more »