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Coach has 40 years in SMAA

Barry Wright When the leaves begin to turn and the air starts to cool, you’ll know where to find Jamie Dekelver. He’ll be roaming the sidelines coaching SMAA minor football. “I started (coaching) when I was in high school in 1977,” he said.  “I was coaching with my father for a couple of years and… Read more »

Tinkering done to ease congestion around busy commercial zone

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s most clogged commercial zone does not require a new vehicle entrance, although a few strategically-placed signs could improve traffic flow, says a study commissioned by SmartCentres. “The Quinn Drive area east of Barclay has the worst congestion in the city,” said Mike Berkvens, a development manager with the city’s engineering department. By… Read more »

Vanished landmarks part of city walking tour

Cathy Dobson Nearly 20 brightly coloured signs are posted on buildings throughout Sarnia this summer, telling tales about places like the Colonial Hotel, the city’s first airport, Tabs Drive In and the Sarnia courthouse. Though they’re long gone, there’s a real effort to focus on many of Sarnia’s beloved landmarks. So what’s up with that?… Read more »

This year’s Legionnaires strong on paper

Dan McCaffery Special to The Journal Head coach Dan Rose is vowing the Sarnia Legionnaires will ice a competitive Jr. ‘B’ hockey club this winter. Commenting after the team’s training camp wrapped up Sunday, the bench boss said, “It was a great weekend, we had a lot of good talent to look at. If we… Read more »

Young driver making mark at track

Barry Wright Some people relieve stress by hitting a bucket of balls at the driving range; others prefer a spirited game of one-on-one basketball. Sarnia’s Jaden Chapman has a unique stress-buster. He likes to barrel around a one-half mile oval track in a ’76 Camaro at an average speed of 130 kilometer per hour. At… Read more »

New business welcomed downtown with open arms

Cathy Dobson This is a tale about how one new Sarnia business caught on thanks to the efforts of another small business.  It’s about downtown rejuvenation and how a business community helps itself by helping newcomers. Nadia and Constantine Arvanitis opened the Under Wraps Café at 108 Christina St. three months ago. They describe it… Read more »

Sarnia schools get summer overhaul

Cathy Dobson When students return to classes on Tuesday they’ll find an almost unprecedented numbers of renovations and building projects at Sarnia schools. All new classrooms, heating systems, parking and fewer portables will get the school year off to a good start, officials say. The largest project by far is the completion of a $14.6-million… Read more »

The lowdown on Festival of Good Things

Cathy Dobson Sarnia will end the summer celebrating an abundance of good things ranging from good deeds done in our community to good music and good times. It all comes together at the second annual Festival of Good Things on Friday and Saturday, says organizer Chris Lewis. “Last year we were brand new and about… Read more »

Self-taught chef has built loyal following

Cathy Dobson Selina Ip arrived in Sarnia from her native Hong Kong in 1990 with no business or restaurant experience and only rudimentary English. Five years later, at age 32, she had learned the language, learned something about North American cuisine and opened South East Café at 110 East St. South. “I didn’t even know… Read more »