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St. Pat’s thrower headed to nationals

Barry Wright For Riley Wilhelm, turnabout is fair play. Wilhelm finished second to Orillia’s Samantha Buck in the senior girls discus competition on a wet, sloppy day at the Ontario high school track and field meet in Toronto on June 4-6. But just over a week later, the graduating St. Patrick’s student pulled off a… Read more »

Into the blue

On water smooth as glass and beneath a pastel sky, kayakers from the Lambton Outdoors Club venture onto Lake Huron at Bright’s Grove as part of a ‘Water and Wings’ night last week. From left are; Joe Burley, Sheila Lemieux, Peter Braun, Bev Lawrence and Riky Muir. Glenn Ogilvie

New trail bridge dedicated to late cyclist

Journal Staff A new bridge between Sarnia and Bright’s Grove on the Howard Watson Nature Trail will be named for a teacher, coach and avid local cyclist. Ron Yorke died of cancer in December, at the age of 71. “He was a very nice, easygoing person,” recalled John Deveer, a Bluewater Trails member. “He biked… Read more »

Sheltered workshops: Is it right to pay people $1.20 an hour?

Cathy Dobson  John Hagens has heard the complaints. Criticism has been increasing about the small manufacturing centre his organization operates that pays adults with intellectual disabilities $1.20 or less an hour. “They might think we’re taking advantage of vulnerable people, or they call it slave labour,” says the executive director of Community Living Sarnia Lambton,… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of June 25

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca Thursday, June 25 Speechathon Public invited to… Read more »

Sand champs

Sarnia’s Rheannon Demeter, left, and Marissa Mueller, of Petrolia, captured the U16 gold medal at an Ontario Volleyball Association sanctioned beach volleyball tournament in Hamilton on June 13. During the winter, Demeter plays for Forest City in London while Mueller plays for Sarnia Twin Bridges, and both train at the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence… Read more »

OPINION: The lost mission of St. Francis

George Mathewson The unveiling of a plaque in Bayshore Park a few weeks ago marked 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. It also brought to mind one of Sarnia-Lambton’s most enduring and perplexing mysteries. In the year 1828, a fur trader named Edourd Petit had crossed the lake from Port Huron to hunt in… Read more »

Sarnia gymnast strikes gold

Barry Wright Serena Baker went to the Canadian Gymnastics Championships to perform her routines well and to have some fun. The 17-year-old Bluewater Gymnastics product accomplished both, and helped Ontario win the team title at the recent national event in Gatineau, Quebec. “It’s always a great experience,” she said. “It’s really inspirational.” Baker, competing in… Read more »

Rugby club playing it forward

Rugby fans can catch a triple-header when the Sarnia Saints Rugby Football Club hosts three games June 27 at Norm Perry Park. The matches are part of the club’s annual Playing it Forward event, with proceeds this year going to Ride Don’t Hide and Canadian Mental Health Association. The women kick things off with an… Read more »