Local gymnasts don Team Ontario colours

Barry Wright The determination of Lexi McCormack has paid off. After falling just short of her goal in previous elite meets, the 16-year-old member of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club finally broke through at the recent Team Ontario Tour Selection meet in Belleville. McCormack won the vault event and finished third overall and was chosen, along… Read more »

Basketball star lands full NCAA scholarship

Barry Wright Nicole Bus will be keeping tabs this basketball season on the Fairfield University Stags. That’s because the Northern Vikings senior girls basketball team member has accepted a four-year full scholarship to the Connecticut-based school. She’ll begin her career on the oceanfront campus, about a ten-hour drive from here, next September. “The campus is… Read more »

Housing initiatives break new ground

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Habitat for Humanity is launching two innovative pilot projects aimed at improving the skills and self-esteem of volunteers who collect government assistance. “Both programs are a first in the Habitat community,” Mark Rodgers, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, who praised the local Habitat group for its leadership. One pilot project… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: “Sarnia? Where the heck is Sarnia?”

Ellan Dickieson “When I graduate I want to work for the federal government, and that means I could end up moving anywhere in Canada.” It was our first date; he a German immigrant studying to be a veterinarian, and me a down-to-earth girl from Prince Edward Island. For two years I kept my fingers crossed… Read more »

Partnership brings together words and crafts

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia bookstore owner who was toying with retirement and her entrepreneurial daughter have devised a way to grow their businesses and keep doing what they love. Elaine Allen, long-time owner of Anne’s Book Place at 250 Russell St. South, was convinced it was time to sell her used bookstore and retire. When… Read more »

Developers plan big changes for downtown Sarnia

Heather Wright Special to The Journal The recent sale of the Bayside Centre appears to be bringing with it a massive redevelopment of downtown Sarnia. Developer Gord Laschinger of Antalis Capital Limited says $13 million has been set aside to buy up properties around the downtown mall. Five buildings have already been purchased, including the… Read more »

United Way hits target, sets new fundraising record

Journal Staff The people of Sarnia-Lambton have taken their support for the United Way to new heights. The umbrella fundraising agency hit its target of $1.95 million today and expects to surpass the $2 million mark shortly as employee campaigns continue trickling in. That’s an all-time record for generosity, said United Way executive director Dave… Read more »

Letters, week of Dec. 3

Bad driving, let me count the ways Sir: Infractions I’ve witnessed: Improper lane change resulting in a collision, powering through a yellow light, failing to stop for a red light, failing to stop for a stop sign, not signalling a lane change, a U-turn where U-turns are prohibited, cyclists using the sidewalk, driving the wrong… Read more »

Betting the farm: Animal care could trigger change at Children’s Animal Farm

George Mathewson City council could decide Monday whether to hand the operation of one of Sarnia’s most cherished community assets to the Sarnia & District Humane Society. The new partnership agreement would see Sarnia continue to own and maintain the Sarnia Children’s Animal Farm, but provide $157,000 annually for shelter staff to care for the… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of Dec. 3

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 Wednesday, Dec. 2 Bridge Luncheon Annual bridge… Read more »