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TOPS convention coming to town

Local hotels are expecting a busy weekend. About 1,100 delegates are converging on Sarnia for the Ontario convention of the weight loss support group TOPS. The three-day event at the RBC Centre starts June 4 and includes live music, a fashion parade, speakers and the crowning of the new “King and Queen” of weight loss…. Read more »

Bells toll for missing, dead aboriginal women

Cathy Dobson Area residents are hearing a lot of church bells these days as a trio of Anglican churches honour dead and missing aboriginal women. “We wanted to find a way to remember these women,” said Rev. Kristen Oliver of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Point Edward. “We feel there should be an inquiry to… Read more »

New band sports sassy name

Cathy Dobson Their band name belies the soothing melodies and intricate three-part harmonies that are the hallmark of The BITCHes. “It stands for Beautiful, Intelligent, Talented, Creative and Harmonious,” says Megan Hadley, who plays keyboard and sings. Together, with her wife Diane Hadley  – on guitar, mandolin, trumpet, ukulele, and myriad other instruments – and… Read more »

City nixes developer’s Modeland Road proposal

Journal Staff Sarnia ended years of wrangling and rejected a bid by Sifton Properties last week to develop a large block of homes and commercial space on Modeland Road. The London-based developer wanted to build 64 homes, a commercial plaza and a four-storey retirement at the northwest corner of Modeland and Michigan. But residents and… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Let’s get junk food out of sports

Nadine Devin I am a Registered Dietitian and mother of three. For both reasons I have a profound passion for child nutrition. In my household, we moderate how often our children receive treats.  I use the concept “Go, Slow, Whoa” with my kids and in my teaching with families I work with. Treats are “Whoa.”… Read more »

Reel experts

Anglers have had success lately catching trout from boats and the shore near the mouth of Lake Huron. Here, a pair of fisherman do their thing while the downbound bulk carrier Philip R. Clarke, laden with a load of stone, enters the St. Clair River. Glenn Ogilvie

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, announced last week he is leaving what animated show after 26 years? 2 – At the Aamjiwnaang First Nation was the recent grand opening of “Nwebin Wigwaamens,” a gazebo and interpretive centre overlooking what? 3 – First played by Today show weatherman Willard… Read more »

Touch of green for Artwalk

A small crew of volunteers repots native plants, shrubs and trees to be sold at the June First Friday and at the Eco Village during Artwalk on June 6-7. From left are; Tanya Berkers, Alexandra Westelaken and William Gardiner. The preparation at the Naturalization Station on the Sarnia Bay Point Lands was part of a… Read more »

Here come the brides

Tara Jeffrey It will be a runway show for the ages when more than 30 women walk down the aisle June 6 at St. Paul’s United Church “Remembering When” bridal fashion show. “We have 125 years of bridal gowns, going back to the 1800s,” said organizer Shirley Martin, adding that all of the dresses are… Read more »

Meet the neighbours this weekend

It’s time to get out and meet the neighbours. Hundreds of Sarnians will get together this weekend to partake of potlucks, barbecues and street parties, as part of the annual Neighbourhood Meet and Greet.’ Organized by the Community Round Table, the May 30-31 event is designed to bring people together, try new things and have… Read more »