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15-year-old pianist to anchor unique stage collaboration

Cathy Dobson Alex Jackson excels at playing piano. At age 15, he’s competed for years at the Lambton County Music Festival and never taken home anything less than first or second place. “I believe I was born with a natural talent for music,” says Alex, who also plays guitar, drums, and almost every woodwind instrument…. Read more »

Pickleball champs

Seven members of Sarnia Bluewater Pickleball brought home a total of 10 medals from the Ontario Provincial Pickleball Championships held in Kitchener-Waterloo recently. From left are, John Boomsma, Dan Thorner, Leanne Havers, Steve Armstrong, Karen Armstrong, Wayne Spitzig and Dan Varsava. Submitted Photo

Ceremony remembers sacrifice of brave city police constable

Phil Egan The moment was both magical and haunting. On Sept. 30 in crowded downtown hall, Detective Const. Ken McLachlin sang a ballad he’d written in honour of a fallen brother officer. It was National Police and Peace Officers Day and present were more than 100 of the fallen officer’s family. ‘The Ballad of Jack… Read more »

Perfect tournament

The Sarnia Spirit U11 Select Team won the gold medal at the Rush Kickoff Classic 2018 in Northville, Michigan, going undefeated while scoring 10 goals and giving up zero. From left are, front row: Abby Tomback, Ashley Hall, Shannon James, Nevaeh Davidson and Taeah Tsapraillis; middle row: Jenna Daye and Sophia Sandrin; back row: Colette… Read more »

Gold medalists

The Sarnia Jr. Lady Sting Atom B went undefeated over five games and outscored their opponents 19-4 to win gold at the St Thomas Big Cat Pre Season Showdown girls hockey tournament. From left are, front row: goalie Ava Illemann and Skarlit Worton; second row: Jada Smith, Lily Bressette, Addison MacLeod, Layla Knight-Martineau and Jill… Read more »

Judo medals

Sarnia’s Bushido Sing Judo/Jiu-Jitsu Club brought home nine medals from the Asahi Open tournament in Waterloo, Ont. recently. From left are: John Gautier, Gold; Howard Moffatt, Gold: Sensei Pat Holman, Bronze; Ben Werden; Colton Sapata, Silver; Sensei Keven Walsh, Gold; Ryan Werden, 4th; Thomas Werden, Bronze; Gill Ledoux, Gold and Denton Chivers, Bronze. Missing were… Read more »

Experts decry weak pollution standards for local industry

Cathy Dobson The environmental record of local industry took a beating before a group of U.S. journalists gathered at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation last week. A panel of environmental heavyweights including Elaine MacDonald of Ecojustice, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, and health researcher Jim Brophy called for tougher emission regulations and enforcement. While there has… Read more »

New pickleball facility to meet needs of fast-growing sport

Troy Shantz Sarnia is preparing to open its first stand-alone pickleball facility. The six courts and related amenities are nearing completion at Blackwell Park, thanks to a $75,000 investment from the Parks and Recreation budget and community grants. Underused tennis courts have been repurposed with new asphalt, fencing, sidewalks, nets and a picnic shelter at… Read more »

A gourd example

Two-year-old Forest Macumber, son of Samantha and Lance, shows off a pair of ornamental gourds scored at the Sarnia Farmer’s Market. The couple, originally from Sarnia, recently moved back home from London. “It’s so quiet and peaceful here,” Samantha said.

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Lake Erie forms most of the northern boundary of what American state?   2 – In what year was the inaugural First Friday held? (within two years)   3 – What sport has been described as “this human frustration,” “a weird combination of snooker and karate” and “a good walk spoiled”?   4… Read more »