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Va-va-voom: Street Machines show fires on all cylinders

Journal Staff Looking out over 700 cars and thousands of spectators at Canatara Park brought a tear to the eye of Sarnia Street Machines president Jo-Ann Thorne. Hot August Nights, the club’s annual concert, dance and show car cruise, has been plagued by rain the past several years. So when the weather gods finally gave… Read more »

The Spy Who Dumped Me struggles to balance its uneven parts

Vicky Sparks Audrey (Mila Kunis) is a thirty-something grocery store cashier. Her best friend and roommate Morgan (Kate McKinnon) is an aspiring actress. You’d be hard pressed to say either of them were thriving. When Audrey’s boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) breaks up with her via text message, Morgan cheers her up by lighting his belongings… Read more »

Bluewater Borderfest keen to build on second year success

Cathy Dobson Mark Perrin is happy.  Really tired but really happy. Just days after he and a legion of volunteers and organizers staged Bluewater Borderfest he knew the second-year event had surpassed expectations. Perrin is starting to think his dream of holding a summer music mega-festival in Sarnia is within reach. “Our goal for the whole… Read more »

New gas bar plaza approved over noise, water protection fears

Jake Romphf Sarnia has cleared the way for a developer to build a gas bar, restaurant and convenience store at the northwest corner of Modeland Road and Berger Road. The rezoning application, approved last month by city council, also allows for a carwash, dog wash and restaurant drive-through on the 1.5-acre property. The new commercial… Read more »

Record high ridership fuels overhaul of city bus system

Cathy Dobson A rapid increase in the number of international students attending Lambton College is driving sweeping changes to Sarnia’s bus service. Sarnia Transit will get its first major overhaul in 20 years starting Sept. 1, in large part to accommodate dramatically increased student ridership. Improvements are coming across the system, said transportation manager David… Read more »

Entrepreneur came home with an art gallery in her laptop

Cathy Dobson Jen Angers Daerendinger didn’t need to worry about bubble wrap or loading trucks when she moved her art gallery across the country. She simply carried her laptop onto the plane when she left Vancouver and instantly set up shop online when she arrived in Sarnia. “I had a physical space in Vancouver for… Read more »

Sarnia Imperials ready for biggest test yet – a shot at the finals

Jake Romphf The Sarnia Imperials have won seven straight games to reach the Northern Football Conference’s semifinals, but something still troubles head coach Jake Cherski. “We haven’t really been tested,” he said. After dropping their first two games, the Imperials reeled off six straight easy victories to finish with a 6-2 record on the regular… Read more »

Provincial medals

Three of six swimmers from the Sarnia Rapids team who qualified for the Ontario Summer Provincial Championships came home with medals. From left, Shona Branton won bronze in the 100m breastroke, Jack Girardi took gold in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 200m backstroke, and Maude Boily-Dufour won bronze in the 100m backstroke. Submitted… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Which classic sitcom is making a return to network TV later this year:  Coach, Murphy Brown, Who’s the Boss?   2 – The city is looking to rename Sarnia Bay Marina in honour of which Sarnian?   3 – What city is home to over 60% of Bahamas’ population?   4 – The… Read more »