So, why is the Cull Drain now called Perch Creek?

– George Mathewson Where is Perch Creek? If you’re an older Sarnian you will probably say Perch Creek is the body of water that enters Lake Huron at Bright’s Grove, near St. John in the Wilderness Church. That’s what the road signs once called it. Old maps too. But city hall now calls that creek… Read more »

A big pizza, no matter how you slice it

Ken Dunn is a character; a fun-loving, wisecracking adventurer who just happens to love cooking. “It’s simple and it’s entertaining,” says Dunn, who has worked at a huge list of restaurants over the past 40 years. He’s helped open countless diners, shown new owners the ropes, operated his own restaurants and even earned his way… Read more »

Happy trails to you

A member of the Silver Spoke cycling club salutes in passing on the Howard Watson Nature Trail. The London-based club visted Sarnia to try out the city’s highly-regarded recreational trail. Glenn Ogilvie

Sarnia Police seek taggers

Three more businesses have been spray-painted with graffiti, Sarnia police say. The buildings on Ontario and Mitton streets were defaced last week with the words “What’s the key for?” in blue paint. Graffiti affects everyone, from the property owners who clean up the mess to the residents who have to look at the ”visual pollution,”… Read more »

Historical novel set in Point Edward

Don Gutteridge’s memories of growing up in Point Edward are so colourful and rich, he chose his hometown as the backdrop for his latest historical novel. “Lily’s Story” is a sweeping period piece that recounts many key events in the history of Point Edward and Lambton County during the life of the fictional Lily. “I… Read more »

Rocket man

Walter Pepper carved this space rocket to celebrate both Sarnia’s Centennial and former astronaut and city native Chris Hadfield. The Forest carver started out with wooden logs at the Lambton Drug Awareness alcohol-free New Year’s party and completed the sculpture in time for The Gathering, the big municipal reunion at the RBC centre on June… Read more »

Go with the flow

City hall is getting $75,000 in federal support for a system to monitor the flow in and out Sarnia’s 56 pumping stations. The improvement will allow city staff to step in quickly to reduce the size of wastewater overflows and bypasses to the St. Clair River. The money is coming from Ottawa’s Great Lakes sustainability… Read more »

Another cat shot

Sarnia Police are investigating another cat shooting. A cat in the area of Lansdowne and Devine streets was shot in the face with a pellet gun sometime around July 12, police said. A veterinarian treated the animal and removed the pellet. Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 519-344-8861, or call Crime… Read more »

A blue box for all

How’s this for a deal? Buy or build a new home and get a free blue box. Sarnia is one of the few municipalities in Ontario that doesn’t provide  blue boxes to new residents. But city council has agreed to start as a way to boost recycling and increase the odds of scoring more funds… Read more »

Fine dining in Sarnia a century ago

This swanky-looking dining room with its palm trees and white linen was part of the Vendome Hotel, an impressive red brick building that opened in 1893 at the southeast corner of Front and Cromwell streets. It was pulled down in 1979 to make way for a parking lot. This photo, from the Holland Paisley Photographic… Read more »