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New $5-million hotel coming to Point Edward

Cathy Dobson A $5-million building permit is expected to be issued any day now but preliminary work has already started at the future site of a six-storey Hampton Inn in Point Edward. Workers have moved trailers and equipment onto the 1.8-acre property on Venetian Boulevard, between the Best Western Guildwood Inn and the Holiday Inn…. Read more »

United Church leader coming to Sarnia

Local United Churches have a special guest coming June 10 to help celebrate a major milestone for the United Church of Canada. Church Moderator, the Right Reverend Gary Paterson, will be a guest speaker at Central United Church that day, exactly 90 years after the inauguration of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The United Church of Canada… Read more »

OPINION: A glimpse of early pioneer life in Sarnia

George Mathewson In the year 1827 an intrepid 16-year-old named Freeman Talbot disembarked at “The Rapids” as part of a survey team tasked with plotting out the future Sarnia and Moore Townships. Over the next five months, Talbot explored the dense and unbroken hardwood forest fronting the St. Clair River, blazing trees, wading across streams… Read more »

Music festival returns next week

One of Sarnia’s oldest cultural traditions returns April 20 when participants in the Lambton County Music Festival begin filling church halls and schools with the sound of music. Nearly 500 contestants have signed up for the two-week festival, now in its 86th year. Entrants are of all ages and vie for prize money and more… Read more »

Empty Fest bringing 3 days of diverse music

Journal Staff If you’re looking to satisfy musical itches that range from surf to afro-beat and pop to punk, then Sarnia is the place to be April 23-25. The 7th annual Empty Fest is bringing 13 diverse Ontario bands to three stages over three nights, said co-organizer Danny Alexander. They range from the Juno-nominated gypsy-punk… Read more »

Rally planned to stop Bill c-51

Journal Staff A demonstration in Sarnia to protest the federal government’s anti-terrorism legislation is planned for Saturday, April 18. The 10:15 a.m. rally at city hall is part of a wider series of rallies, marches and forums being held across the country that day. It will be the second large demonstration in Sarnia against Bill… Read more »

Spectrum: A safe space for youth dealing with sexual orientation, gender identity

Tara Jeffrey Introductions in the Spectrum room are three-fold. “We start with our names, pronoun preference, and one positive thing,” said Crystal Fach, facilitator of the Spectrum drop-in program at Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. “It’s all about taking the guessing away and making people feel included.” The first program of its kind in Sarnia, Spectrum is geared… Read more »

Foggy river view

Journal reader Jerry Baljeu captured this arresting image of a fog-swept Sarnia Bay on Thursday, April 9 looking north to the Blue Water Bridge. Below: The American Steamship Company’s 770-foot freighter the St.Clair heads upbound through fog on the St. Clair River at Sarnia on Thursday April 9. photos by Jerry Baljeu   

Former horse barn goes to the dogs

Cathy Dobson It’s pick up time at the new Fox and Hound Canine Retreat doggy daycare and the playground is full of wagging tails. “I’m sorry it’s so noisy,” laughs owner Katie Chapman as she talks above the barking. “We’ve had a busy day.” Chapman opened The Fox and Hound last August with husband Jake… Read more »