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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 »

Powerboats a hit

Sunday’s international powerboat races were a big hit with crowds on both sides of the St. Clair River. This shot, taken during the time trials, was submitted by reader Laura Austin.

Trattoria recipes passed down through generations

Cooking comes naturally to Antonietta Mele. “It’s second nature to me. I don’t measure anything. I just cook. “It’s just who I am.” Mele has worked in a restaurant kitchen most of her life. Shortly after immigrating to Canada from Italy as a little girl, Mele’s parents, Salvatore and Teresa Lopetrone, started Riverside Pizzeria in… Read more »

Powerboat festival a roaring success

Even Sarnians who didn’t head downtown for International Offshore Powerboat Races last weekend probably heard them. Live music and roaring speedboats anchored the soundscape of the festival, which drew huge crowds to the shoreline of both Sarnia and Port Huron. The three-day event was organized to be family-friendly, with a line-up of street performances that… Read more »

Clock ticking on future of Cull Drain Bridge

The Cull Drain Bridge could still be saved and for less money than city hall believes, an historic bridge expert says. Nathan Holth said dropping the bridge into the creek to be dragged away by bulldozers – one option on the table – would cost nearly as much as removing it by crane intact for… Read more »

Soccer playoffs loom

Dante Musokotwane, in white, and teammate Gavin Brophy, in gold, sprint ahead of challenger Liam Bone during a Sarnia FC U-9 boys soccer practice at Germain Park. The program semi-finals take place Aug. 22 with the finals going Aug 23 at 11:45 a.m. at Germain Park pitch. Glenn Ogilvie

Child mental health services cut

St. Clair Child and Youth Services is laying off staff to cover a budget shortfall. Two full-time positions have been axed that will impact prevention and treatment services, said executive director Rick Shields. He said the government’s practice of not adjusting funding to inflation is taking a toll on the children’s mental health sector. “This… Read more »