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City teen swaps prom for Denmark

Some Sarnians are content if their hometown is their whole world. But at least one local teen says it’s important to explore the world beyond her hometown. That’s why 17-year-old Alysha Bork is a traveller. This week, she left for Denmark on a year-long Rotary exchange that will take her away from all that is… Read more »

OPINION: In defence of Bluewater Power

With skyrocketing energy rates strangling the economy and the fat cats at Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro bagging outrageous salaries, it’s no wonder “hydro” has become a dirty word. The billing practices of Hydro One are a mess. Just ask the customers who signed up for pre-authorized payments and had their accounts mysteriously cleaned… Read more »

City golfer, 90, plays weekly round

Joyce Cameron’s mother was 96 when she died, and her mom’s mom was 105. Which may help explain why every Tuesday in summer you can find Cameron at Greenwood Golf Club playing 18 holes in the women’s league. At the age of 90. “I can drive straight, just not as far as I used to,”… Read more »

Bees dying at worrisome rate

Sarnia beekeeper Ray Heeringa lost 80% of his bees last winter, and he believes he knows why. Heeringa points to a growing body of research that highlights the environmental threat posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, which are now the dominant insecticide in everything from planted corn and soybeans to pet flea collars. “Beekeepers are looking at… Read more »

STREET NAMES: Vidal clan was a local dynasty

No family has had a greater impact on Sarnia street names than the Vidals. Richard Emeric Vidal was a captain in the Royal Navy who was rewarded for his service with 200 acres in what would become the city’s choicest residential neighbourhoods. He wasn’t famous like his brother, the British admiral and explorer Alexander Vidal,… Read more »

Endangered peregrine falcon gets second chance at rehab centre

Miller, a 10-week-old peregrine falcon, perches on the hand of Erica Dimuzio, clinic manager of the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation. Glenn Ogilvie It was Miller’s lucky day. Well, sort of. After the baby peregrine falcon left its nest tucked high into the upper supports of the original Blue Water Bridge, he apparently attempted a… Read more »

Travel agency goes old school

Dawn Griffith says customer service is what’s missing today in so many business sectors. “I want to go back to old-school. I want to take care of the customer in person and have less of an online presence,” she says. That’s why Griffith and branch partner Spencer Clarke teamed up to open Maritime Travel a month… Read more »

Beach volleyballers strike gold

Journal Staff Two local teens have struck provincial gold at the Ontario Beach Volleyball championship in Toronto. Katelyn Gratton and Jordyn Knowles of the Twin Bridges volleyball club were victorious in their Under 14 division at Ashbridges Bay Park on Aug 2-3. This was the first year the Sarnia club has participated in the beach… Read more »

Father, son both played third for Sarnia Braves

Brian Maxwell was coaching his 10-year-old son McKenzie when their team, the Courtright Cardinals, won the all-Ontario championship. And here’s the rest of the story. As the young Cardinals were still whooping it up, the senior Maxwell pulled on his uniform of the Corunna Giants, who were playing nearby for all the marbles in the… Read more »

Race to Erase: putting fun back in fundraising

The co-founder of Race to Erase admits the event born in Sarnia nine years ago has “a lot of moving parts.” But in a nutshell, teams compete in light-hearted challenges throughout the community, all in support of 11 charities. Think ‘Amazing Race’ or ‘Minute to Win It,’ but with a local twist, said Rich Bouchard…. Read more »