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New hotel under way

Construction of a new Hampton Inn in Point Edward should be completed this winter, officials say. The six-storey building on Venetian Boulevard will have 92 units and feature an indoor pool, fitness centre and 24-hour business centre, Darko Vranich, CEO of property developer Vrancor Group, said in a release. Once open, the hotel will create… Read more »

Art gallery hiring delayed

Lambton County has delayed hiring two people to fill vacant positions at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia. Instead, county staff will prepare a report by July 8 examining staffing levels and costs and comparing them to similar-sized municipal art galleries. Dawn-Euphemia Mayor Al Broad had earlier questioned the Alix gallery’s… Read more »

Federal election shaping up to be a four-way race

Journal Staff Barring a late addition, the election battle to represent Sarnia-Lambton in Ottawa will be a four-way race. Community activist Peter Smith joined the fray last week when he was took up the Green Party banner. A retired Chemical Valley scientist and engineer, Smith is active in groups concerned with social, human rights and… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1- Essential for the digestion of fats, bile is produced in what body organ 2 – High school students Emily Fraser, Brianne Ferguson and Kendra Hock were the top three winners at what recent local competition? 3 – The late renowned mathematician, John Nash, was the subject of what 2001 film starring Russell Crowe? 4-… Read more »

Historic fire cart lovingly restored

Tara Jeffrey Last fall, Jeff Scott wasn’t sure if the Camlachie Fire Department’s historic hose cart was even salvageable. “It sat out in front of the fire hall for as long as I can remember,” said the volunteer department’s deputy chief. “Finally, we talked about it and decided, we either have to fix it or… Read more »

School principal promoted

A Sarnia school principal has been hired as a superintendent with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. Scott Johnson has been principal at Holy Trinity Catholic School on Lorne Crescent since 2010, and before that was a vice-principal at St. Christopher Secondary. He starts the new job July 1. Meanwhile, in a shuffling of… Read more »

Boat builder plans to seas the day

George Mathewson For the past three years Gianfranco Ronchin has been building a boat in his garage, and not just any boat. The 32-foot trimaran designed by a New Zealand company features unique features that make it easy to operate by just one person. “I like to sail by myself, sometimes in the middle of… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of June 4

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca Wednesday, June 3 Opera Luminata Opera Liminata,… Read more »

Former St. Pat’s footballer an emerging country music artist

Tara Jeffrey The story of Eric Ethridge’s unlikely foray into country music stardom is almost too good to be true. “It was kind of a happy accident,” said the 26-year-old Sarnia native, whose rising popularity has landed him a coveted spot at Canada’s largest country music festival, the upcoming Boots & Hearts in Oro-Medonte, Ont…. Read more »

Lambton mosaic project it mark Canada’s 150th

A large mosaic is being planned to help Lambton County celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. The project is a map that will display artistic and literary contributions from people on what they love best about Lambton’s 11 municipalities and three First Nations. Submission can be photos, video clips, art, lyrics, etc. A live launch… Read more »