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Beekeepers suing pesticide makers

Journal Staff A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Ontario beekeepers who say their hives have been killed or damaged by neonicotinoid pesticides. The suit filed by London-based Siskinds LLP seeks more than $400 million in damages from Bayer and Syngenta, which develops and markets the pesticides. “They’ve back us into a… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Lifejackets only work when worn

Sarah Jones Whether you’re a dedicated weekend boater or a casual Sunday kayaker, there’s enough summer left to take your safety seriously when out on the water. Ken Marion is local boater with 30 years of experience whose favourite spot is the St. Clair River. “Unless the water gets rough, I really don’t use lifejackets…. Read more »

Coronation Park to close its doors

Heather Wright Special to The Journal The doors of Sarnia’s Coronation Park Day Nursery will close by Nov. 28, and 50 children will need to find a new place to stay. With enrollment declining from the introduction of full-day kindergarten, Ontario has cut day-care funding. That’s led to a $1.3-million dollar deficit at Coronation, which… Read more »

Rebound Act II: Finding diamonds in the rough

Journal Staff Monique D’Arcy never expected to be a showstopper. In fact, there was a time in her life when the spotlight seemed distant, shrouded in the darkness of depression and despair. But she beams while describing what turned things around – Sarnia-Lambton Rebound and its theatre program, Act II. “I’ve gained a lot of… Read more »

New soccer champs crowned

New champs crowned ANJ Industrial was crowned the 2014 Sarnia Men’s Industrial Soccer League champions on Aug. 27 when they knocked off defending champion Paton Controls in a dramatic 2-1 come from behind victory. From left are, bottom row, Nick Sproverio, Mike Furtado, Rob Giampietri, Kellan Lyndsay, Andrew Avellino, Reck DaSilva, Joey Solinas, Aldo Rocca… Read more »

Lawn bowling tourney winners

Sandy and Nick Symes of Sarnia display the championship plaque after winning the Mott Memorial Members and Merchants Tournament at the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club on Labor Day. They finished first among 26 Open Pairs teams competing in the final tournament of the club’s season. Submitted Photo

Coach has 40 years in SMAA

Barry Wright When the leaves begin to turn and the air starts to cool, you’ll know where to find Jamie Dekelver. He’ll be roaming the sidelines coaching SMAA minor football. “I started (coaching) when I was in high school in 1977,” he said.  “I was coaching with my father for a couple of years and… Read more »

Greekfest: Time to get your Greek on

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Greekfest attracts crowds for a lot of reasons – the food, the music, the ouzo. But something else keeps them coming back to the tents erected in the St. Demetrios Church parking lot each year, says co-ordinator Ann Stirling. “You get a warm feeling there because the people themselves are very welcoming…. Read more »

Fantasy in stone: Man’s beach creation is one-of-a-kind

George Mathewson Roger Laflamme has been dragging rocks from Lake Huron and adding them around his beachfront home on Devonshire Road for the past seven years. Stone by stone he’s created an amazing outdoor structure that’s as original in design as it is whimsical in execution. Laflamme started with a front porch and it took… Read more »

Tinkering done to ease congestion around busy commercial zone

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s most clogged commercial zone does not require a new vehicle entrance, although a few strategically-placed signs could improve traffic flow, says a study commissioned by SmartCentres. “The Quinn Drive area east of Barclay has the worst congestion in the city,” said Mike Berkvens, a development manager with the city’s engineering department. By… Read more »