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Up to 500 classic cars expected for Hot August Nights

Julianne and Jack Higdon with their restored 1951 Chevrolet  panel truck.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Meet Slick. He’s come a long way from the rust bucket Jack and Julianne Higdon found abandoned in a barn near Manheim, Pennsylvania. “It looked like a rusty tin can and when I opened the cab door, I looked down and there was no floor,” says Jack. That was nearly two years ago…. Read more »

That’s 5,000 neutered cats and many more to go, group says

LeeAnne Symington with her own cats Colby and Ashton.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson  LeeAnne Symington says the feral cat problem is still out of control, with entire neighbourhoods overrun by wild, malnourished and distressed cats. It’s been four years since she founded Cat Chance, a small volunteer group in Sarnia that believes in Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR), which Symington says is a scientifically proven method to… Read more »

Every Sarnia kitchen might soon have a compost bucket


Cathy Dobson Big changes are coming in the way household waste is handled in Ontario, and Sarnia officials are concerned local taxpayers will be stuck with the bill. The new Waste-Free Ontario Act is expected to make it mandatory for residents to separate food and other organics from the waste stream. “It is coming,” said… Read more »

La Casa Mia gives new meaning to term ‘home cooking’

Joe and Caroline Giresi in La Casa Mia.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia couple has taken the unusual step of opening a restaurant in their home. For $100 per person, diners enjoy a leisurely five-course meal prepared by Joe Giresi, who learned to cook while growing up in Sicily. Giresi and his wife, Caroline, established La Casa Mia in their Lakeshore Road home nearly… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – Which acid gives lemons and limes their sharp taste? 2 – Subtitled “The History of Sarnia’s Bravest,” Phil Egan’s latest book is the history of what local group? 3 – In what Ontario city did The Tragically Hip form their band? 4 – Fantastic!  Great Lakes Secondary grad Joy Shah recently won a… Read more »

Mobile Market is back and providing fresh produce each week


Journal Staff The ‘Mobile Market’ is back on the road, bringing fresh produce directly to people struggling to make ends meet. The market arrives with local vegetables and useful health information, free of charge, at 14 locations in Sarnia-Lambton each week. Last year it delivers more than 6,200 pounds of fresh produce weekly. The Inn… Read more »

Bluewater BorderFest acts score country music nominations

Bluewater BorderFest

Journal Staff The timing was perfect for Sarnia’s newest music festival. Artists performing at Bluewater Borderfest on July 28-29 scored a total of 14 nominations at last week’s Canadian Country Music Awards. Leading the way was Saturday headliner Brett Kissel, who earned nods for male artist, video, single, interactive artist and songwriter of the year…. Read more »