Indiefest: Battle of the bands features “over the top” talent

Cathy Dobson   Some of the best ideas are kick-started by really great conversation between friends. That’s how Sarnia’s Indiefest began, says co-founder Dave Burrows. “I was with Kevin Thorne and we got to talking about our love for music and how the independent world isn’t getting enough attention, especially locally,” Burrows said. They came… Read more »

Sarnia in vanguard of creating accessible communities

George Mathewson Sarnia has become a provincial leader in the push to create a society accessible to people with disabilities, a fact it will showcase at the 2nd annual Accessibility Summit next week. “We have developed a culture and a reputation,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “We’ve got a different mindset than most of the… Read more »

Local gymnasts exceed expectations

Barry Wright Two of the youngest members of Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics Club came home with two medals each from the recent Eastern Canadian Gymnastics Championships. While proudly displaying their medals, Hayley Tarboton, 10, and Jovi Richardson, 9, said they were pleased with the results and had fun at the competition in Moncton, New Brunswick, which… Read more »

Senior baseball season underway

Barry Wright After several seasons in the Can-Am Baseball League in the Windsor-Detroit area, the Sarnia Braves have made a switch this season and will join the Southwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League. The nine-team loop includes teams from London, Ilderton, Lakeside, Oakridge, Exeter, St. Thomas and Strathroy. “It (the league) is kind of an unknown,”… Read more »

Winging it: Photo series captures Air Cadets in fine form

Troy Shantz Special to The Journal What do Fred Penner, former Prime Minister Joe Clark and Commander Chris Hadfield have in common? Other than being icons of Canadian heritage and culture they were all Air Cadets. Spend some time with Sarnia’s Squadron 44 Royal Canadian Air Cadets and you can’t help but wonder – which… Read more »

Pet protection: Local vet warns of tick risks

Tara Jeffrey Louise Lamb never used to worry about ticks – certainly not when it came to the family dog. “When we first got her, I never really knew about ticks,” said Lamb, who frequents the Howard Watson Trail with her nine-year-old pooch. “But a couple of years ago, I found something had burrowed into… Read more »

Have your say: Redesigning Centennial Park

Cathy Dobson The discovery of contaminants in Centennial Park is creating an opportunity to redesign the greenspace and make it a centrepiece for the community, city officials say. “It isn’t every day that one group of citizens gets to leave a legacy for generations of other citizens,” says Beth Gignac, Sarnia’s director of parks and… Read more »

Firefighting brawn to be showcased in the Point

Cathy Dobson Local firefighters will compete on their home turf this summer in one of Canada’s most intense physical contests. They’ll vie with other firefighters from across the continent in the Scott FireFit Championships, a test of brute strength and endurance. Spectators will be able to watch local firefighters climbing, hammering, spraying and dragging hose… Read more »