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Diggers checking Enbridge pipelines for potential cracks

Crews dig up an Enbridge pipeline to check for suspected cracks at the end of this temporary access road off Mandaumin Road in Sarnia.
Heather Wright

Heather Wright A new road has appeared in the middle of a Sarnia cornfield on Mandaumin Road. If you look hard, way back in the knee-deep stalks, you might just see construction workers digging into the rich earth. They’re part of Enbridge Pipeline’s preventative maintenance plan for Lines 7, 8 and 9, which run from… Read more »

Sibling swimmers snag medals

Sarnia's Samuel Boily-Dufour, 15, and sister Maude, 13, won six medals at the swimming age group nationals.
Barry Wright

Sarnia siblings introduced recently to Journal readers came home with a cache of medals from the Swimming Canada Age Group Nationals in Winnipeg. Samuel Boily-Dufour, 15, accomplished his goal of making the podium in four events, capturing a gold medal and three bronze at the competition, which featured nearly 900 swimmers from 146 clubs nationwide…. Read more »

Imperials end season on winning note

Football Standalone

Sarnia Imperials quarterback Pat Wright carries the ball for a touchdown again the Ottawa Raiders on July 26 at Norm Perry Park. The Imperials ended the season on a high note, downing the Raiders 34-20. Sarnia, which was hobbled by injuries and a short bench, did not make the Northern Football Conference playoffs. “We have… Read more »

Cull Drain bridge could collapse


The Cull Drain Bridge is a risk to public safety and should be removed immediately, an engineering report says. High winds could cause a partial or total collapse of the 104-year-old bridge, city hall said Aug. 1 after receiving the report. Engineers found “significant deterioration” since prior inspections. The bridge was fenced off two years… Read more »

Hair salon patrons privy to all the news

Emily Schrader of Trend Visions in Point Edward shows off hair salon's bathroom, which has been wallpapered in copies of The Sarnia Journal.
Glenn Ogilvie

Here’s a riddle for you. When is The Sarnia Journal not covering the news? Answer:  When it’s covering the walls at Trend Visions hair salon. Local stylist Emily Schrader decided to spruce up the aesthetics room and washroom where she works and had a lot of challenges to overcome. “The walls were a big plaster… Read more »

A concrete plan for Sarnia’s wooden boardwalk

The Front Street boardwalk between Davis Street and John Street.

Sarnia is taking the boards out of its boardwalk. The wooden walkway on the west side of Front Street has been a popular place from which to watch activity on the St. Clair River for generations. But the timber structure, last replaced in 1991, is rotting and warped and a chronic maintenance headache. So it’s… Read more »

Indoor soccer is the next step for Sarnia


The need for an indoor soccer facility remains a high priority in Sarnia, but Jay Noszenko says nothing is carved in stone. “I know there are rumours everywhere,” said the president of Sarnia FC. It’s widely speculated that Germain Arena will eventually be converted to an indoor facility, he said. “But Sarnia FC hasn’t heard… Read more »

Sarnians make 40-minute trek for fastball ‘home’ games

Sarnia's Aaron Stocking, left, and Kevin Morgan, play for the Alvinston Indians
Barry Wright

The Alvinston Indians are one of the hottest fastball teams in Ontario, and two Sarnians are a big part in the squad’s success. “There was never any thought of me not playing here (in Alvinston) after I moved to Sarnia,” said Aaron Stocking, the 28-year-old second baseman and former Wardsville resident. Stocking is among the… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Professional dog-walker Rebecca Cole leads Kiska west on Cathcart Boulevard and into Canatara Park during a recent morning outing.
George Mathewson

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

Hospital Auxiliary disbanding


An integral part of Sarnia’s hospital family is folding after nearly 70 years of hard work and camaraderie. “It’s a difficult decision but it’s time for us to go,” says Donna Small, president of the Bluewater Health Auxiliary. She has kept the group’s books since 1988 and been president for a decade. “I loved it… Read more »