9 rookies join optimistic Lambton Lions basketball team

Troy Shantz Recruiting players for this year’s edition of the Lambton Lions men’s basketball team took the coaching staff across southern Ontario and parts of Michigan. “We go to a lot of high school games,” said head coach James Grant, who manages most of the scouting with assistant Matthew Rose. “We get out there and… Read more »

Well red

Peter Bernardi, an 83-year-old retired boilermaker, began growing grapes on his 50-acre Blackwell Side Road farm four years ago and couldn’t be happier with the results. He has 200 vines planted in four varieties: Merlot, Vidal blanc, Seyval blanc and Chambourcin. “The results are very good,” he said. “I like to make my own wine… Read more »

Nature’s classroom offers inquiring minds plenty to explore

  Glenn Ogilvie When the weather allows it, teacher Brandy Boston and early childhood educator Kate Clarke like to get their Kindergarten class outside on Wednesdays to explore the environment. Some days, the kids use their curious hands and minds to study fallen leaves, measure distance or count stones in the schoolyard at King George… Read more »

Sarnia recycler part of an effort to cut single-use plastic waste

Troy Shantz A cutting-edge Sarnia recycling company has joined an international partnership to reduce the mountains of hard-to-recycle polystyrene plastic going to landfills and polluting waterways. “This is a game-changer for consumers and for municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional recycling programs,” said Keith Bechard, chief commercial officer at Sarnia-based ReVital Polymers. “Polystyrene packaging, regardless… Read more »

Standing against poverty

Anti-poverty rally Participants line up to sign cards petitioning for affordable housing during an enthusiastic ‘Stand Up Against Poverty Rally’ at City Hall last week. More than 100 people attended the event organized by the local Poverty Reduction Network, Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, Inn of the Good Shepherd, Circles Lambton and Lambton College Centre for… Read more »

City woman ready for second round in cancer fight

Tara Jeffrey Krista Pask was in high school when she conquered cancer 17 years ago. Now that it’s returned, she’s ready to fight even harder. “I’d rather it be me, than say, one of my sisters or friends,” said the 33-year-old Sarnia woman. “Because I’ve been down this road before, and I know I can… Read more »

Experts decry weak pollution standards for local industry

Cathy Dobson The environmental record of local industry took a beating before a group of U.S. journalists gathered at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation last week. A panel of environmental heavyweights including Elaine MacDonald of Ecojustice, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, and health researcher Jim Brophy called for tougher emission regulations and enforcement. While there has… Read more »

New pickleball facility to meet needs of fast-growing sport

Troy Shantz Sarnia is preparing to open its first stand-alone pickleball facility. The six courts and related amenities are nearing completion at Blackwell Park, thanks to a $75,000 investment from the Parks and Recreation budget and community grants. Underused tennis courts have been repurposed with new asphalt, fencing, sidewalks, nets and a picnic shelter at… Read more »

What’s happening downtown during First Friday walkabout

Journal Staff Below is a partial line-up of activities, visual arts and live music scheduled for the First Friday cultural walkabout Oct. 5 in downtown Sarnia. Many shops other than those listed below are open till 9 p.m. Parking is free downtown after 6 p.m. on the street, in parking lots and at Bayside Centre…. Read more »