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Indiefest turns spotlight on local talent

Sarnia’s homegrown talent showcase for new and emerging bands returns with a vengeance on June 28. Indiefest is both a Battle of the Bands spread over three Saturdays and a Youth Talent Showcase. ”Sarnia needs an outlet for the vast talent of independent bands, somewhere for people to have a great time and discover amazing… Read more »

Paddy’s kitchen boss defies stereotype

Sarnia’s Lynne Cotton has never been able to figure out why more women don’t become professional chefs. “Male or female, if you love doing your job then it shouldn’t matter,” says the 46-year-old head chef at Paddy Flaherty’s Irish Pub. “Women are certainly just as capable in the kitchen as men. Obviously, it’s women who… Read more »

Malcolm in the middle

No less a figure than Malcolm Cameron was on hand at London Road School for a history lesson and tree planting recently. The city founder is seen here with Tyvayon McGann and Victoria Hunter. About 170 childen watched as an autumn blaze maple tree was dedicated for Sarnia’s centennial celebration. Cameron was played by Nick… Read more »

Sarnia call centre closed

The Sun Media call centre in Sarnia has closed. A former employee told The Journal that a representative from Sun Media corporate walked into the facility in the Bayside Mall on Friday and “told everyone to disconnect.” The manager said their positions were being outsourced to an offshore location, and that the classified centre would… Read more »

Bittersweet end to Jordan Hill’s season

The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for Sarnia’s Jordan Hill. First, he watched with excitement as a handful of former teammates hoisted the Stanley Cup as members of the Los Angeles Kings. Then his current team, the St. John’s IceCaps, lost the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup final to the Texas Stars…. Read more »

Sarnia’s Ron Fogarty to coach hockey at Princeton

Sarnia’s Ron Fogarty has been named head coach of the men’s hockey team at Princeton. The St. Patrick’s High School grad and former Sarnia Ranson Bee forward leads all active NCAA coaches in win percentage, but takes over a struggling hockey program at the famed Ivy League university. Fogarty is the son of Mike and… Read more »

Plenty of wow at Aamjiwnaang Powwow

Addyson White, 7, receives help from her mom Shannon White while preparing for a traditional dance at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s Powwow on Saturday, June 21. The 53rd annual event also featured native foods, crafts and music at the remodelled Powwow Grounds and facilities in Bear Park. Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

Young green thumb

While other 10-year-olds are playing video games Sarnia’s Cole Beselaere is growing tomatoes. The St. Thomas Aquinas student has developed a hobby business growing vegetables, flowers and even trees from seed, and spends his spare time in the garden pulling weeds. One day recently he made $140. Cathy Dobson

New chapter for star basketballer

Caroline Hummell is not one of those athletes who began excelling at a sport as a toddler. In fact, the 18-year-old basketball star has only been playing hoops for six years. Hummell said she was a shy pre-teen and her mom gave her the choice of attending a drama camp or a basketball camp to… Read more »