The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »

Camlachie teen has arm lengthened

It’s been a long wait for Colton Bidner. After six months of wearing a metal cage on his right arm, the Camlachie teen is finally free of it. The 13-year-old was born with one arm shorter than the other, which caused his hand to turn in and make simple tasks difficult. So, the family sought… Read more »

Retiring firefighter worked to prevent tragedies

Tom Marshall remembers a time when he would stand at the front of a classroom in his Sarnia Fire Rescue uniform and ask how many students had working smoke alarms at home. A scattering of hands would rise. “Now nearly every hand goes up,” says the fire department’s public education officer. “There’s been a big… Read more »

Powerboat Festival loads up

A water-filled trough the length of half a football field will appear on Front Street next month when Sarnia’s largest annual street party returns The artificial pond will provide a venue for wakeboarding demonstrations, the latest freebie at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival. “It’s 180 feet long by 30 feet wide (55 metres by… Read more »

Shell releases still under review

Ontario’s Environment Ministry is still determining whether Shell Canada should be charged for two chemical releases at its Corunna refinery last year. Spokesperson Kate Jordan said both incidents remain under investigation by the ministry’s enforcement branch. Shell had a “sour water” leak on Jan. 11 of 2013 that contained mercaptan, a pungent smelling gas detectable… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of July 17

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 16th Grove Music Series A summer concert series at the… Read more »

Shoestring budget

A French fry truck operator has had his rent reduced because of the sorry state of Centennial Park. City council agreed to give Bluewater’s Best Fries a break because fencing around the park, which is contaminated with lead and asbestos, has kept people away from the normally busy parking lots on Front Street. The rent… Read more »

‘Green Queen’ talks trash

If you’re like many Sarnians you separate your glass bottles from cans and peel off labels before hauling the blue box to the curb. Well, here’s some advice –  forgetaboutit. Everything in your blue box gets dumped together in one big jumble in the recycling truck anyway, before being trucked to a depot in Cambridge… Read more »

Help stuff the bus on Saturday

Two donated Sarnia Transit buses will look to get stuffed when they hit the road on Saturday, July 26. Stuff the Bus in a citywide food drive in which residents can fill a grocery bag at 10 food stores in Sarnia, Bright’s Grove and Corunna, then fill up the bus to help replenish food bank… Read more »