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City woman’s ‘bottle tree’ is a living sculpture

George Mathewson Susan Averill was headed to her blue box with an armload of empty bottles when the inspiration struck. Stopping short, she stuck five of them on the branches of her young catalpa tree. Tada! Sarnia’s “bottle tree” was born. Over the past six years the living sculpture at the corner of East and… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Dec. 24

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca. Saturday, Dec. 27 SLACon 2014 A… Read more »

Lucasville: A long-lost hamlet makes triumphant return

Tara Jeffrey A series of new signs popping up in Sarnia may have caused some motorist to do a double take. “I’ve had a few calls come in,” city planning manager Kevin Edwards said, referencing the Lucasville signage recently posted near what’s commonly called the ‘Beehive’ intersection. The long-lost hamlet, located on Plank Road, near… Read more »

City comedian part of coast-to-coast road tour

Cathy Dobson   How is Sarnia’s Andrew Barr contributing to the cross-country comedy tour he’s on with two buddies? “I’m the one most willing to sleep on the floor at the hotel and that’s pretty important when all we get is one room for the night,” he jokes. “I’m also super-duper funny.” Barr, 22, climbed… Read more »

‘Discoveries that Matter:’ New brand to promote community

Cathy Dobson Rarely does a community choose a marketing logo and tagline that doesn’t contain its name but, then again, Sarnia-Lambton’s new branding choice is unique in a lot of ways, says the CEO of the Toronto marketing firm that conceived it. “Normally, you’d have a geographic reference and usually a single entity about the… Read more »

Health campus plans unveiled

Marco Vigliotti Transforming the former Sarnia General Hospital into a campus for healthcare-related businesses should spur further revitalization in the area, says the five-member investor group behind the project. But neighbours wants assurances the proposed redevelopment doesn’t cause parking and congestion problems, and they worry the site will host Bluewater Health’s new 24/7 residential withdrawal… Read more »

Mary Brown brings her chicken to town

Cathy Dobson The first Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters franchise this side of London has opened. The restaurant at 1149 Confederation St. is owned by Doug and Corinne Loucks, who say it’s the 110th Mary Brown’s location and the only one in this region. Doug Loucks, a former general manager of the Holiday Inn… Read more »

Reports recommends library upgrades

Sarnia will use $32,000 in federal assistance to make the first floor washrooms accessible at the Sarnia Library. Steps to the washroom currently make the library difficult to use for anyone with a disability. The washrooms were just one of many shortcomings identified in a recent architectural report on the condition of the 55-year-old library…. Read more »

City firefighters get new contract

Sarnia’s 125 firefighters have a new contract containing a 9% pay increase over three years. The deal, retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year, also sees some adjustments to benefits. Cost to taxpayers is an additional $351,000 annually by the end of the contract. The settlement also involves a three-year trial period for a 24-hour… Read more »

Clean Harbors reverses decision

A U.S.-based hazardous waste company has reversed its decision to truck contaminated soil originally from New York’s infamous Love Canal to its disposal site near Corunna. Clean Harbors said it would instead send the waste to one of its U.S. landfills, an official told St. Clair Township last week. The decision came shortly after Sarnia… Read more »