Desk plan: Furnishings from former St. Pat’s headed for Africa

Cathy Dobson Local Rotarians are preparing to ship surplus furniture from the former St. Patrick’s High School building on East Street to underprivileged students in South Africa. “It’s a great way to use furnishings that would otherwise end up in the dump,” says Debbie Renaud-McDermott, project lead with the Rotary Club of Sarnia. Her club… Read more »

Nia: A different kind of dance workout

Nia instructor Jo-Ann Pinel, centre, and students, from left, Joanne Lucas, Annette Verhagen, Ellen Martin and Laura Martin. Glenn Ogilvie Journal Staff Bill Emeis is dancing to his own drummer. He turns and pirouettes in his bare feet while a bass-heavy electronica tracks fills the gym of the Strangway Community Centre. “It keeps me going,”… Read more »

Spelling bee a hive of activity

Journal Staff More than 50 students from 16 schools squared off in competition at Sarnia’s annual spelling bee on March 4. Jack Vrolyk of Errol Road Public emerged victorious in the Grade 7-8 division by correctly spelling “auditorium” before a full house of parents, siblings, friends, educators and grandparents at the Sarnia Library Theatre. Second… Read more »

Sarnia Braves make pitch for ball players

Barry Wright Joel Ainsworth would like nothing better than to see baseball diamonds in and around Sarnia brimming with kids emulating their favourite Major League baseball players again. The former pitcher turned coach in the Sarnia Braves minor baseball system has fond memories playing ball with his buddies in the 1980’s and 1990’s when the… Read more »

Legionnaires’ loyal fan base largest in league

Dan McCaffery Special to The Journal The Sarnia Legionnaires may not have finished first in the standings this year, but they were big winners at the box office. In fact, the local Jr. ‘B’ club led the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference in attendance for the seventh consecutive year, attracting 31,137 fans to its 25… Read more »

Letters, week of March 5

Anti-terror bill turns CSIS into secret police Sir: The government’s “Anti-Terror Bill” C-51 and its approach to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq miss the target by a wide margin. While we all agree that ISIS is a particularly nasty bunch of thugs that have to be stopped, it won’t be achieved just by dropping… Read more »

Dancer to perform at Pan Am Games

George Mathewson A Sarnia teen has been selected to perform with Cirque du Soleil during the opening ceremonies of the Toronto Pan Am games this summer. Jayla Giorgi, 14, was one of 115 young people picked by the famed circus troupe following a daylong audition involving nearly 600 children in Toronto last month. The production… Read more »

Frozen pipes causing major headaches

Journal Staff Sarnia homeowners and work crews are dealing with the aftermath of an unprecedented number of frozen pipes that burst in attics, basements and roadways during February’s unrelenting blast of Arctic cold. Plumbers and emergency repair companies report a huge backlog of calls as they contend with ruptured water services in Sarnia-area homes. It… Read more »