Hotel could be start of Point Edward building boom

Cathy Dobson Judging by the number of potential developers beating a path to Point Edward’s municipal office lately, there could be a substantial investment in the village soon. What’s all-but-certain is that Hamilton-based Vrancor Group will break ground in months on a $20-million Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Venetian Boulevard. It will be sandwiched… Read more »

Upstart city high school headed to California eco-challenge

Journal Staff A team of Sarnia high school students and their energy efficient vehicle are headed to California for an international competition. Northern Collegiate is the only Canadian high school participating at the Shell Eco-marathon in Sonoma, California, where it will compete against universities and colleges from North and South America. The Shell Eco-marathon requires… Read more »

Move City Hall into SCITS building?

Cathy Dobson Just maybe it could work. Maybe a beloved south-end landmark can be saved by moving City Hall into the former SCITS building after the high school shuts down later this year. “It’s a novel and interesting idea that’s worth considering instead of dismissing it out of hand,” said city councillor Anne Marie Gillis,… Read more »

Lakers claim medal

The Huron Lakers novice boys’ team played their best basketball of the season to win a bronze medal at the Blessed Sacrament Tournament in Hamilton, Ont., one of the province’s largest. From left are, front row: Sean O’Rourke, Mason MacKenzie, Lochlan Kennedy, Evan Iacobelli, and Waylon Miller. Second row: Nolan Wu, Matteo Shaw, Mattias Mosley,… Read more »


Laura Gill, a supply teacher with the Lambton Kent District School Board, jogs through Tarzanland during a heavy snowfall last week. “It’s a great day to run,” said the Sarnia woman, who normally runs about eight kilometres a day, weather permitting. Glenn Ogilvie

The Strangers: Prey at Night gets the adrenaline pumping

  Vicky Sparks In the original film The Strangers, audiences watched entranced as Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, a young couple in love attempted to survive a seemingly random attack at the home by crazed killers. It was the kind of horror movie that could haunt for a lifetime – when the killers were finally… Read more »

Informed tree owners the best defence again oak wilt, city says

Pam Wright Sarnia officials are hoping homeowners will “get out in front” of a beetle-borne disease threatening the city’s oak trees. The invasive fungus “oak wilt” has reached Belle Isle near Detroit and across the border in St. Clair County, Mich. “It’s inevitable, it’s coming,” said Patti Ross, city’s parks and forestry manager. “I hoping… Read more »

Homes on the market hit historic low, driving prices way up

Cathy Dobson A housing scarcity and a glut of wannabe homebuyers in Sarnia is creating bidding wars and routinely attracting offers 10% above asking price, and sometimes as high as 30%. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Steve Park, a 30-year sales veteran and president of the Sarnia-Lambton Real Estate Board. “There is almost… Read more »