HISTORY: Bubble, bubble, beer and trouble

With the arrival of the new Refined Fool Brewing Company in May, a colourful 150-year tradition will have returned to Sarnia. George Russell founded Sarnia’s first brewery in 1862, an act for which grateful residents named a street in his honour. Russell sold his ales and porters on Front Street until another Sarnian, the tea-totalling… Read more »

Man charged with attempted murder in city home invasion

Two men have been arrested in connection with a city home invasion Thursday morning that sent a man to hospital, Sarnia Police say. Police say two men forced their way into a south-end home where a lone male was sleeping in the early hours of the morning. The victim was threatened and assaulted with two… Read more »

Village approves bright idea

POINT EDWARD – Most streetlights in the village will be replaced this year with LED bulbs that burn brighter and cost less to maintain. “We’ve got a lot of old high pressure sodium lights out there that need replacing,” says Mayor Larry MacKenzie.  “And we got a deal on the LED that will get a… Read more »

UPDATE: Missing man found

The man Sarnia Police had been searching for, Brennan Ouimet, was located just prior to the noon hour Thursday. He was found to be in good health and there is no longer concern for his well-being. The Sarnia Police would like to thank the public for the assistance provided in locating Mr. Ouimet. There will… Read more »

Women’s groups eye partnership

Two city agencies founded decades ago to help abused woman are sharing an executive director and looking at other potential partnerships. ‘We don’t know if there is going to be an amalgamation,” said Michelle Batty, who now oversees both the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre and the Women’s Interval Home. “Our boards are having discussions and… Read more »

City police seek hit and run driver

Sarnia Police are looking for the driver of a red car wanted in connection with a hit and run collision Monday. At around 9:30 a.m. a 2005 Hyundai was southbound in the centre lane of Indian Road near London Road. The Hyundai was being followed by a dark red car – possibly a Mazda product… Read more »

Cougars on the loose?

Residents report seeing at least two cougars on the loose in Sarnia-Lambton this winter, and we don’t mean the sort that maul young bucks in nightclubs. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources says it’s highly unlikely the big cats are prowling local woodlots, but isn’t ruling out the possibility. “We do know there are cougars… Read more »

Going nuts on a new farm crop

Dave Ferguson is planting three to four acres of nut tree seedlings this spring, part of a fledgling movement to establish a hazelnut industry in Ontario. “The crop is new but the market is there,” Ferguson said. “The question is, can we get enough people together to get the infrastructure in place.” Hazelnuts, also known… Read more »

Awesome is as Awesome does

Trustees had a real challenge deciding who would get this month’s $1,000 from Sarnia’s Awesome Foundation at its March pitch party. “They’re all good ideas. It was tough to decide,” said Mat Berube, one of 12 trustees who, together, contribute $1,000 every month for a project to bring the best out in the community. Since… Read more »

CARP gives Boomers new vision of aging

Sarnia is an aging community. The median age is 44.8 years, meaning half of Sarnians are older and half are younger. That’s four years above the Ontario median, and five years older than the city was a decade ago, according to the 2011 census. Enter CARP, an organization devoted to enhancing the quality of life… Read more »