Young sailors make waves at Sailfest Sarnia

Daniel Barry, 21, of Petrolia, men's olympic class practice day for Sailfest held at the Sarnia Yacht Club.

The Sarnia Yacht Club offered sailor’s a perfect trifecta last weekend –wind, warm people and wonderful water. “Most people in this province have no idea about how beautiful Lake Huron is,” said Joanne Abbott, chair of Sailfest Sarnia’s organizing committee. “It can look just like the Caribbean in July, and feel like the Caribbean. People… Read more »

10 things to know about BioAmber


BioAmber is a biotechnology company building a global-scale manufacturing facility in Sarnia. The plant will create 60 jobs, but officials are hoping it will do much more. They see BioAmber as the vanguard in Sarnia’s transformation from an oil-based manufacturing economy to one built on “green” plant-based chemistry. Here are some facts:  1 – BioAmber… Read more »

Recognizing our amazing youth


The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal is featuring 14 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom exhibits… Read more »

Pitch perfect: El Salvadoran team visits Sarnia

El Salvador

It wasn’t exactly the World Cup, but a team of boys aged 12 to 14 from El Salvador added a touch of international flare to local soccer recently. Here, Christian Menjivar of the visitors takes possession of the ball during a July 3 match at Norm Perry Park, with Sarnia FC player Dean Palimaka (in… Read more »

Canatara Bandshell concert series listing

The Canatara Park Bandshell has a wide-ranging lineup of free evening entertainment all summer long. Here, Abigail Zalewski, in front, and Julia D'Angela, of the Christine Neufeld School of Highland Dance, go airborne during a performance in June.
Kerry Dykes Photo

Sarnia’s Summer Waterfront Concert Series continues with a diverse line-up live of entertainment in Canatara Park – and it’s all free of charge. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the Bandshell near the lake July 7 – The Sun Harmonic July 8 – Cornerstone July 9 – Blackmore Percussion Group July 10 – The Siteks… Read more »

Two injured in explosion

Two men were injured July 2 when a boiler exploded at the Shell Canada refinery in Corunna. The Ontario Labour Ministry said the men were engaged in maintenance work in the steam plant at the time. One man sustained serious burns and was taken to London hospital. A contractor was treated at hospital and released… Read more »

Dinner in White comes to Sarnia

The organizers of ‘Dinner in White Bluewater’ are, from left, Kelly-Lynn Musico, Wendy Ghorbril, Marinka Modderman and Tracy Jutras.
Submitted Photo

An elegant picnic on white linen with a bottle of wine and live jazz appeals so much to four Sarnia women they are inviting the community. Kelly-Lynn Musico, Tracy Jutras, Marinka Modderman and Wendy Ghorbril hope Dinner in White Bluewater will generate enough revenue to be a self-sustaining special event in Sarnia for years to… Read more »

Wandering chef finds home in Sarnia

Sunny Chen does virtually all the cooking at his Christina Street Asia Style restaurant. Since coming to North America he has adapted his Chinese cooking to American style but likes to prepare authentic Tai food as well. 
Cathy Dobson

Sunny Chen has known hard work all his life. He grew up in Fuzhou, a seaside city of seven million people in southern China. Every day after school, he went home to help his father out at the family restaurant on the main floor where they lived. When it came time to choose a trade,… Read more »

More UFOs reported over Sarnia

New sightings bring to nine the number of UFOs reported over Sarnia by at least 18 people in the past year and a half. The image here is a photo illustration only.

They just won’t go away. After The Journal reported a spike in UFO sightings over Sarnia in April, residents have continued to report seeing unidentified flying objects over the city. One report comes from a Bright’s Grove resident who said she sighted a “diamond-shaped object” with a “glowing circular light” in the middle. The incident… Read more »