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Week of July 20

Letters to the editor

I bought them and I planted them, so they are my trees Sir: I am the owner of a 60-by-157 foot lot in the north end of the city, which was once a farmer’s field. One of the first things we did after moving in was to plant two trees – one in the front… Read more »

Sarnia plant could help revolutionize bottled water industry


Troy Shantz A California startup hoping to transform the bottled water industry by producing a renewal bottle is building its steppingstone plant in Sarnia in part to capitalize on local expertise, its CEO says. “One of the reasons why we picked Sarnia was because thelabour force is highly-skilled and knows how to do exactly the… Read more »

Are male teachers becoming an endangered species?


Troy Shantz When students return to Lakeroad School for classes this fall they might notice something different. The public elementary school in Sarnia’s north end will have no male teachers on staff. Zero. The absence of any men at Lakeroad is the culmination of a trend that began in the 1970s when 45% of all… Read more »

Ball hockey tournament added to this year’s Captain Kidd Days

Geoff Dale and Jeff Peters, co-chairs of the 2017 Captain Kidd Days committee, have added a ball hockey tournament to the Corunna event, in hopes of raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. 
Tara Jeffrey

Tara Jeffrey Corunna’s annual Captain Kidd Days continue to grow thanks to overwhelming support from the community, organizers say. “We’ve noticed within the last two or three years a substantial amount of local industry and business stepping up huge, which allows us to spend the year planning, rather than asking for money,” said co-chair, Geoff… Read more »

Sarnia Braves’ remarkable baseball season continues

Julian Service of the Sarnia Braves hits a home run during a  game last year against Courtright. Service has been ian important part in the Braves lengthy win streak this season. 
Photo by Hayley Trigatti

Troy Shantz It’s been a perfect storm this season for the Sarnia Senior Braves – and that’s a good thing. The Braves have stretched their season-long win streak to 26 games and a number one ranking in Ontario, a remarkable record that according to team manager James Grant is the result of the AAA club firing on… Read more »

Manery bringing barn-burning brand to Bridge Bash

Scott Manery and The Barnburners are playing the Bridge Bash this weekend.
Scott Mike Sexton Photography

Cathy Dobson There are few big events in our area this summer where Scott Manery and The Barnburners aren’t playing. The country trio has become a local fixture, playing together for 12 years and entertaining everyone from Ribfest crowds to this weekend’s Bridge Bash. “We’re really lucky to be playing all the major events we… Read more »


A lone paddleboarder takes in the setting sun while on a cruise on Lake Huron, with Port Huron in the background.
Glenn Ogilvie

A lone paddleboarder takes in the setting sun while on a cruise on Lake Huron, with Port Huron in the background. Glenn Ogilvie

Local athletes shine at Canadian track and field championships

Jillian Drouin grimaces while going over the bar at the 2017 Canadian National Track and Field Championships in Ottawa. The Corunna native won a silver medal.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

Athletes from the Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club had an impressive showing at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa. Jillian Drouin of Corunna won a silver medal in the senior women’s high jump, Drouin, the sister of Olympic gold medalist Derek Drouin, clearing a height of 1.80M. The club’s Marissa Mueller… Read more »