Centennial Park grass cutting

The long-awaited grass cutting in Centennial Park is set to begin Thursday, Aug. 7. The company hired by city hall, General Maintenance Services, is expected to take two days to cut within the fenced-off park, including around the locomotive. Much of Centennial was fenced off last year after it was found to be contaminated with… Read more »

Diggers checking Enbridge pipelines for potential cracks

Heather Wright A new road has appeared in the middle of a Sarnia cornfield on Mandaumin Road. If you look hard, way back in the knee-deep stalks, you might just see construction workers digging into the rich earth. They’re part of Enbridge Pipeline’s preventative maintenance plan for Lines 7, 8 and 9, which run from… Read more »

Dude, get out of my way

A Kitchener man with a sense of entitlement was arrested and charged July 29 at a Sarnia accident scene. Exmouth Street traffic was blocked off at Pontiac Drive when the 32-year-old driver approach at rapid speed. When told to stop, the driver yelled at the traffic officer to get out of the way because he… Read more »

Eatery damaged in fire

A city restaurant has been heavily damaged by fire. Sarnia firefighters from three stations contained the blaze to the front of the Daysbreak Restaurant at 293 East St. South, but the rest of the brick and block building suffered heat and smoke damage on July 30. No one was injured in the early morning fire… Read more »

Cull Drain bridge could collapse

The Cull Drain Bridge is a risk to public safety and should be removed immediately, an engineering report says. High winds could cause a partial or total collapse of the 104-year-old bridge, city hall said Aug. 1 after receiving the report. Engineers found “significant deterioration” since prior inspections. The bridge was fenced off two years… Read more »

A concrete plan for Sarnia’s wooden boardwalk

Sarnia is taking the boards out of its boardwalk. The wooden walkway on the west side of Front Street has been a popular place from which to watch activity on the St. Clair River for generations. But the timber structure, last replaced in 1991, is rotting and warped and a chronic maintenance headache. So it’s… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of July 31

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 July 30th Grove Music Series Located at the Kenwick… Read more »

Hospital Auxiliary disbanding

An integral part of Sarnia’s hospital family is folding after nearly 70 years of hard work and camaraderie. “It’s a difficult decision but it’s time for us to go,” says Donna Small, president of the Bluewater Health Auxiliary. She has kept the group’s books since 1988 and been president for a decade. “I loved it… Read more »

New rules for citizenship swell numbers at YMCA program

Refugees and newcomers in Sarnia trying to become Canadian citizens are finding help at a new YMCA program. Anyone applying for citizenship as of July 1 had to begin providing proof of proficiency in English. That’s produced an upswing of clients at the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System Centre, which opened a year ago… Read more »