Sarnia to host annual festival of inspirational sacred music

Journal Staff A festival of inspirational sacred music that originated in Sarnia 34 years ago is returning to where it all began on April 21. The Festival of Praise will be hosted by Sarnia’s own Sursum Corda Choir and feature the music of five Ontario male Christian choirs, including those from St. Thomas, Woodstock, Chatham-Kent… Read more »

Recreational pot growing to begin in Sarnia-Lambton next week

George Mathewson The company that started a medical marijuana grow-op near Petrolia is branching out into some “Lambton County Gold” for the adult fun market. A new subsidiary of Tilray Inc., High Park Farms, has been granted a federal licence to grow recreational marijuana at its greenhouse operation in Enniskillen Township. The company said it… Read more »

Group working to reverse Mitton Village’s economic slide

Cathy Dobson Growing concern that Mitton Village has fallen on hard times is motivating a new committee of citizens, business people and politicians to search for solutions. “It’s like the city put everything into downtown and forgot about Mitton Village,” says Trudy Hollett, who owns a commercial building at 161 Mitton St. South. While the… Read more »

Rising temps will stress Great Lakes, computer models predict

Cathy Dobson  Imagine Sarnia-Lambton with more floods, more droughts and more heat waves. Imagine Lake Huron fish stocks declining, especially cold-water fish like trout and whitefish. Imagine livestock suffering heat stress and producing less for the meat, dairy and egg industries. Those are a few of the impacts climate change will have over the next… Read more »

Huron Lakers win provincial bronze in London

The Huron Lakers novice boys’ basketball team won a Division 8 bronze medal at the Ontario Basketball Association Provincial Championships in London on April 8. Along the way, the eighth-seeded Lakers knocked off top-seed Markham after scoring nine straight points to win 25-23 on a buzzer-beater, and then up-ended #3 seed Durham to take the… Read more »

Trial paramedic program easing strain caused by frequent 9-1-1 callers

Cathy Dobson A surprisingly large number of local residents call 9-1-1 for help and wind up at Bluewater Health’s emergency department when it wasn’t an emergency. Many are older and have chronic conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or congestive heart failure. They need care, but not emergency care. Some call for an ambulance as many… Read more »

City singer-songwriter in the running for two music prizes

Troy Shantz A Sarnia musician is on the radar of two different major Canadian music competitions. Country and blues singer-songwriter Cory James Mitchell was one of nine finalists named to the Canada-wide “Top of Country” competition, and is also in the running at the “Next Country Music Star” contest. The Sarnia barber was one of… Read more »