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Modeland plaza plan gets rough ride

If Sarnia council allows commercial plazas to be built on Modeland Road it must do so against the advice of city staff and some very vocal residents. About 80 people expressed virtually unanimous opposition at St. Anne’s school last week to two proposed commercial developments, saying shopping plazas on the arterial road would forever alter… Read more »

Deer tick advisory issued

Health officials are warning of a sudden increase in the type of ticks known to carry Lyme disease. Nearly 40% of all ticks submitted or collected by Lambton Public Health this spring are blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks. And for the first time a population has been confirmed in Pinery Provincial Park. Results… Read more »

Chipican a pond of a different colour

The water in Lake Chipican is an odd colour this year, and has been for nearly two months. People have variously described the Canatara Park pond as a “fluorescent khaki” colour or “around-the-gills green,” depending on the light and the day. The ineffable hue has people scratching their heads. “Everybody’s talking about it,” said local… Read more »

Indiefest turns spotlight on local talent

Sarnia’s homegrown talent showcase for new and emerging bands returns with a vengeance on June 28. Indiefest is both a Battle of the Bands spread over three Saturdays and a Youth Talent Showcase. ”Sarnia needs an outlet for the vast talent of independent bands, somewhere for people to have a great time and discover amazing… Read more »

Malcolm in the middle

No less a figure than Malcolm Cameron was on hand at London Road School for a history lesson and tree planting recently. The city founder is seen here with Tyvayon McGann and Victoria Hunter. About 170 childen watched as an autumn blaze maple tree was dedicated for Sarnia’s centennial celebration. Cameron was played by Nick… Read more »

Sarnia call centre closed

The Sun Media call centre in Sarnia has closed. A former employee told The Journal that a representative from Sun Media corporate walked into the facility in the Bayside Mall on Friday and “told everyone to disconnect.” The manager said their positions were being outsourced to an offshore location, and that the classified centre would… Read more »

Plenty of wow at Aamjiwnaang Powwow

Addyson White, 7, receives help from her mom Shannon White while preparing for a traditional dance at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s Powwow on Saturday, June 21. The 53rd annual event also featured native foods, crafts and music at the remodelled Powwow Grounds and facilities in Bear Park. Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

Young green thumb

While other 10-year-olds are playing video games Sarnia’s Cole Beselaere is growing tomatoes. The St. Thomas Aquinas student has developed a hobby business growing vegetables, flowers and even trees from seed, and spends his spare time in the garden pulling weeds. One day recently he made $140. Cathy Dobson

Young Sarnians build Habitat home

An unlikely partnership between a group of Sarnia teens and an immigrant family from the Congo culminated Thursday in an emotional celebration on the front lawn of the Esengi family’s new home on Maple Avenue. “This is the first home we’ve owned in Canada and, when I die, it means I have something to leave… Read more »