Point Edward preparing for upgrades to the ‘Gateway Casino’

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Cathy Dobson Point Edward’s casino has been temporarily renamed and its new owners expect to lay out renovation and possible expansion plans in the next few weeks At that time, a new branding strategy will be announced and the permanent name released by British Columbia-based Gateway Casinos and Entertainment. In the meantime, it will simply… Read more »

Athlete’s track dreams sidelined by broken wheelchair

Abbey Leblanc, then 15, developed a new outlook on life after discovering wheelchair sports last year and earning a bronze medal at the Ontario high school track and field championships. Her racing wheelchair, however, is now broken and can't be repaired.
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Tara Jeffrey Abbey Leblanc needs to get back on track. So says her mom, Mary, who’s desperately seeking a replacement racing wheelchair for her daughter with the track and field season already underway. “I’m sad and disappointed for her,” Leblanc said of Abbey, 16, who’s worried she won’t reach her goals this year, with her… Read more »

Terrible weather, few fish couldn’t spoil Sarnia salmon derby

Brian Donkers of Camlachie was the winner in the salmon category of the Bluewater Anglers Sarnia Salmon Derby with this 14.46 pounder.
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Troy Shantz Despite bad weather, historically low fish catches and the lack of a public boat launch, organizers of the 41st annual Salmon Derby were upbeat following Sarnia’s premiere fishing event. “The fishing was good, the weather was terrible,” said Paul Heckley with the Bluewater Anglers. “For our 10-day derby we probably only had three… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – What shoe company did Michael Jordan famously promote? 2 – The Sarnia Minor Athletic Association (SMAA) was founded in what year? (Hint: the same year that Hillary Clinton, Elton John, and David Letterman were born) 3 – What series of action films spanning a decade featured two LA detectives, Riggs and Murtaugh? 4… Read more »

Republik expansion to feature open-air courtyard

Construction is wrapping up on a major expansion at Republik Eatery & Lounge. From left are developer Pat Coutu, restaurant owner Okan Zeytinoglu, Republik manager Angie Erickson and developer Jim Pumple. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Three local businessmen are collaborating to clean up a deteriorated building in downtown Sarnia and expand an established restaurant. In just a few weeks, Republik Eatery & Lounge at 216 Front St. North will boast one of the few outdoor patios on Christina Street, triple its capacity and offer new washrooms and a… Read more »

Family Medical Centre to ease looming doctor shortage

The city has approved a rezoning that would allow the owners of this medical clinic at 481 London Rd. to demolish the two homes at left and undergo an expansion and reorganization to create a Family Medical Centre.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson Two local doctors hope to head off a looming shortage of family physicians in Sarnia by building a family medical centre designed specifically to attract new practitioners. Dr. Sean Peterson and Dr. John O’Mahony plan to expand the existing medical clinic at 481 London Rd. by adding 8,600 square feet of floor space… Read more »

New music festival eyed for refurbished Centennial Park

The final landscaping is taking shape in the soon-to-reopen Centennial Park, which is the proposed site for a new music festival in July.
Glenn Ogilvie

Cathy Dobson  An organizer proposing a new annual music festival in Centennial Park says his group has a roster of musicians and bands lined up that will be released shortly. “We’ve been working on this for months and have a lot of connections through working other events,” said Mark Perrin, one of four board members… Read more »