Water hazard drives golf course project off the fairway

George Mathewson A long-stalled plan to convert the north half of the Bright’s Grove Golf Club into new housing has hit another snag. The project did take one step forward last week when city council approved an Official Plan Amendment and gave its approval in principal to rezone the property. But the five local backers… Read more »

Proponents of natural healing lamps are going with the glow

Cathy Dobson For those seeking alternative treatments for breathing and skin problems, Himalayan pink salt lamps are all the latest rage. Numerous stores in Sarnia now sell the glowing salt lamps, bath salts, even pink salt inhalers, and claim that Himalayan salt beds are so free of pollutants and so mineral-rich they improve everything from… Read more »

Bell investing $50 million in Sarnia to bring fibre optic cable to 20,000 homes

Cathy Dobson Bell Canada is about to dig deep to connect about 20,000 homes in Sarnia and Point Edward with fibre-optic cables the company say will provide “world class” Internet and “rock solid” reliability. The telecommunications giant is spending more than $50 million in Sarnia to provide home and commercial customers with better phone and… Read more »

Theatre Sarnia staging Canadian premiere of ‘Hunchback’

Cathy Dobson    “How incredible is this?” asks Adam Hobbs, the Sarnia actor playing Quasimodo in Theatre Sarnia’s upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. “Our production is the Canadian premiere and we’re listed on the Wiki page with the cast members’ names.” Indeed, even before the curtain rises Oct. 20 at the Imperial… Read more »

Surprise! Donohue Bridge repairs cost more than expected

Troy Shantz Construction workers repairing the Donohue Bridge have run into a problem, so the $4.5 million budgeted for the latest round of repairs just won’t be enough, city staff say. Engineers have found that reinforced steel connections shown on the original blueprints don’t exist in the twin spans connecting Sarnia with the Chemical Valley…. Read more »

Five-time Juno winner Serena Ryder taking the Imperial stage

Troy Shantz It’s no accident Serena Ryder’s latest album is available as a CD and a vinyl record. The Juno-award winning singer-songwriter performing Friday at the Imperial Theatre says something has been lost musically in the age of digital download and streaming. “I miss that from the early days of releasing records. I love that… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What is the only U.S. state named after an American president? 2 – Sarnia’s Mandie Cross was this year’s walk ambassador for what highly successful event that raised $35,000? 3 – At the beginning of a game, how many pawns are on a chessboard?  (Remember to count both colours) 4 – Bright’s Grove… Read more »

Record number of women attending local firefighter school

Phil Egan Some are drawn by the excitement. Others want to prove they can do anything a man can. And some are daughters and sisters of firefighters maintaining a family tradition. This fall, 23 young women are enrolled in the pre-service firefighter training course at Lambton College. That is by far a new record high,… Read more »

City “dismisses” Golder as Centennial cost soars to $13.5M

George Mathewson Sarnia has dismissed the multinational corporation that administered the Centennial Park project and has opted to oversee construction itself of the final remaining piece – the long-delayed boat launch in Sarnia Bay. Following a closed-door meeting Monday council emerged to say it had decided to “dismiss” Golder Associates as the contract administrator due… Read more »

‘Boomerbuggy’ adds to Sarnia’s confusing road diversity

Troy Shantz and George Mathewson Henry Windler has been turning a lot of heads in his central Sarnia neighbourhood lately. The 88-year-old retiree is the first in Sarnia to drive a Daymak Boomerbuggy. The battery-powered one-seater is half the size of a Smart Car and comes equipped with a heater and windshield wiper for bad-weather… Read more »