Gold medalists

The Sarnia Valhalla bantam boys basketball team won the AA/AAA tournament in Newmarket recently. After taking all four games against GTA teams Sarnia downed the Tecumseh Saints 47 to 44 in the final to claim gold. From left are, front row: Travis Kozak, Josh Manning, Cameron Eisenbraun, Jack Vozza and Cameron Bendo; back row: Chris… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What two colours comprise the Greek flag?   2 – Corunna’s Rob Thomson, current bench coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be inducted this June into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. In what Ontario city will this take place?   3 – How many Super Bowls has Patriots’ QB Tom Brady won?… Read more »

Heigh-Ho, it’s off to skate we go

This group from the Point Edward Early Learning Centre is warmly dressed —and well padded — as they trundle off to a learn-to-skate class at the village arena last week. The free program takes place Wednesday mornings, thanks to a small army of volunteers and parents. Big person Janice Smith brings up the rear while… Read more »

Regional championships

Members of the Sarnia Rapids swim team won five medals at the Western Ontario Swim Association’s short course championships, held at London’s Canada Games Aquatic Centre. From left are, Maddisson Hawryluk, 15, silver in 200m breastroke, coach Sue Weir, and Jack Girardi, 14, bronze, 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke. Missing is Kayla Marshall, 15, bronze,… Read more »

Council awaiting legal advice on lifting mayor sanctions

Troy Shantz City council is waiting for outside legal advice before removing any of the sanctions the previous council imposed on Mayor Mike Bradley. Councillors Bill Dennis Jr. and David Boushy have called for restrictions prohibiting the mayor from speaking directly to staff or accessing City Hall after hours be lifted. They also want a… Read more »

Letters, week of Feb. 21

The “plate method” provides a visual guide to healthy eating Sir: I have seen various responses to Canada’s revised food guide. In 2017, I was devastated to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), as it has wreaked havoc on many of my family members. One of the easiest ways to know how much and what to… Read more »

Old Sarnia Jail was formidable, but prisoners did escape

Randy Evans The old Sarnia Jail was declared “one of the strongest in the Province” very soon after it opened in 1852. Clearly, the edifice Alexander Mackenzie built to hold Lambton County’s cons was imposing, with its iron-barred cells, a locked double-door system to the outside and a surrounding 16-foot (4.9-metre) stone wall. Strong? No… Read more »

What’s happening, week of Feb. 21

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to   Friday, Feb. 22   Weight Loss… Read more »

A safe space for teens to learn about healthy relationships

Tara Jeffrey When talking to teens about difficult topics it’s crucial to have a safe space and accurate information. So says Chantel Butterfield, who is hosting an upcoming event with the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre that will explore healthy relationships. “I’m hoping we can have really honest conversations about healthy expectations and boundaries in relationships,… Read more »

Did you see that?

Local nature photographer Ronny D’Haene used a camera flash on a dull day to capture this group of pigeons perched on a Michigan Line hydro wire, near Telfer Road. Pigeons, or rock doves, have a long association with humans and were first introduced to North America at Port Royal, Nova Scotia in 1606. Ronny D’Haene… Read more »