Branding: We aren’t what we fear we are

 “Your brand is what they say about you when you’re not around.” –  North Star Destination Strategies   The coming out party for Sarnia-Lambton’s new “brand” has been pushed back to the fall. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership had hoped to unveil the community logo and catchphrase by now but it’s been a complex process, said general… Read more »

It’s about those tights, Robin

Getting 27 young actors to learn their lines for a new adaptation of Robin Hood was easy. Getting the 10-to-18-year-olds to wear their costumes – dorky boots, shapeless dresses and, yes, stretch tights – not so much, says Nancy Keys, director of the Lambton Young Theatre Players. “We have met with a little resistance,” she… Read more »

Mystery stones point to buried treasure

Look closely at the sidewalk on each corner of the Lochiel and Christina streets intersection and you’ll see a pink granite stone embedded in the concrete. Each is only about six inches in diameter but the stones are a colourful curiosity in a sea of pavement. The stones are connected to the city’s art collection and the… Read more »

Hooked on salmon derby

Coming back to Sarnia to fish in the annual Salmon Derby had been on the wish list of B.C. resident Pauline Hedberg for years. Actually winning the derby by boating a monster salmon was not part of the dream. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Hedberg hooked an 18.26 pounder in the first hour of… Read more »

Venture grant a recipe for success

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is giving a venture grant to a program for people with a mental illness and living in poverty. The Opening Doors program will get $30,000 for monthly cooking classes at the West Lambton Health Centre as well as a one-hour, weekly fitness class. The cooking classes use food from the… Read more »

City mom guides us through parenting jungle

How much is enough television?  Do timeouts really work?  And what do you do when your teen announces he’s getting a tattoo? These are only a few challenges of parenthood and there’s no easy answers, admits Sarnia author Liz Parsons. Her first book – a very personal examination of her parenting successes and failures –… Read more »

Teacher’s legacy lives on

A group that provides fruit and vegetables to more than 6,000 local students has received a $10,000 boost from Noelle’s Gift. The gift will reduce the funding gap at 37 student nutrition programs run by volunteers at local schools, said Leslie Palimaka, a co-ordinator with Lambton Public Health. The average healthy snack costs $1 while… Read more »

Big acts announced for summer concerts

The Tea Party and Chantal Kreviazuk will headline the Stokes Bay concert series this summer. This is the second year for the event, which takes place on the lawn outside Stokes near Sarnia Bay. “We hope these shows give Sarnians a chance to finally get out in some warm weather to enjoy some great music… Read more »

Science Fair a big hit

Nadine Kooy, 10, left, of Sarnia Christian School, and Abby Vrolyk, 10, of Confederation Central School, baked up some fun and claimed exhibition silver and a cash prize with their “Bread Science” entry at the Lambton County Science Fair held at Lambton College. A total of 83 participants entered 65 projects ranging from the health… Read more »

Splendor in the glass

When the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church gathers for Easter services some members will be bathed in light from stained glass as old as the nation. The cornerstone of Sarnia’s oldest church was laid on the very day of Canada’s Confederation, and a few of its windows date to that period. In fact, according… Read more »