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Mural, mural on the wall

Wayne Wager, chair of the Sarnia Heritage Committee, stands at CN Tunnel Mural in downtown Sarnia, which faces an uncertain future.
Glenn Ogilvie

In the year of Sarnia’s 100th anniversary celebration a key heritage display is in dire need of repair. City officials say the enormous mural on the north-facing exterior wall of Grace Brothers Antiques will come down permanently if $20,000 can’t be found to fix it. “From a community standpoint, it’s a real shame that wall… Read more »

And the livin’ is easy

Fresh from exams, college and university students are returning to Sarnia from across North America with job hopes, bags of laundry and a taste for home cooking. Here, Erin Babby, right, a French and Spanish-language student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Selah Edlington, a communications student at Ryerson University, swap stories and share photos on… Read more »

News briefs, Week of May 15

Cinderella’s wish granted Awesome Foundation Sarnia has awarded a $1,000 no-strings attached grant to Debbie Anderson for her project Cinderella Story. Anderson’s group collects dresses for a free annual Prom Dress Boutique for young women who lack resources. But a few are left out each year because their sizes aren’t available. The money will buy dresses… Read more »

Sarnia celebrates first 100 years in style

100th birthday

City Hall was a busy place last week when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. The birthday party featured a cake-cutting, the St. Clair marching band and school choir, a town crier and a trio of centenarians. Children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and… Read more »

Coronation Park dodges bullet, for now

Coronation Park Day Nursery has been given a three-week reprieve. Lambton County councillors agreed last week to postpone a decision on closing the popular but money-losing facility until June 4. County staff have advised shutting down the Oak Avenue day care because it’s running a $1.1-million deficit. But a coalition of staff and parents quickly… Read more »

Centennial baby

CentennialBaby

Liliana Parker was born at Bluewater Health on May 7, exactly 100 years after Sarnia became a city. The Centennial baby is seen here with dad Brian, mom Jessie-Lee and brother Freddie. Bluewater Health photo

No fear, all cheer at girls athletics club

Jillian Murray, left, and Jaimee Desrochers, centre, go through a warm-up exercise with other senior team members at Bluewater Cheer Athletics Club.
Glen Ogilvie

Many who visit Sarnia for the first time come away with the opinion that this area is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. From a local sports and recreation standpoint, the same might be said of Bluewater Cheer Athletics. Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse in a part of town known more for grit than… Read more »

Happy birthday to us

Birthday

City Hall was a busy place Wednesday when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. Here, children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and Day Care sing O Canada and happy birthday in Anishinaabwmowin. Looking on are Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Lt. Governor of Ontario… Read more »

Innovative program gives every kid a shot at gymnastics

Emma Manchester tests the balance beam with her dad Jason Manchester at Bluewater Gymnastics.

On this team, scores aren’t kept or times recorded. But there’s real joy in the air, the kind that comes from doing the best you can with what you’ve got. For the past 10 years a unique partnership between Pathways Health Centre for Children and Bluewater Gymnastics has allowed kids with special needs to run,… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of May 8

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.  Thursday, May 8 Spring Tea A spring tea with sandwiches, desserts, beverages,… Read more »