Someone to lean on: Program offering pre-teen girls good role models about to expand

Tara Jeffrey Ashleagh White has a long list of favourites when it comes to the Girls Mentoring Program she attended through Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. “The cooking, the movies, the mini-putt, the food…” the bubbly 12-year-old counts on her fingers. “The stories people told… it was just nice to hang out.” White was one of 13 girls… Read more »

Two more solar energy projects planned

Two more large-scale solar energy projects are proposed for St. Clair Township. A public meeting was held in Corunna last week for BlueEarth Renewables Inc., which wants install arrays of solar panels on both sides of Highway 40, between LaSalle Line and Petrolia Line The 13-megawatt operation would be located on land owned by Pembina… Read more »

In the berry patch

Meghan Blaythe, of Sarnia, is one of about 10 seasonal workers at Macklin’s Farm Produce making sure shelves are full of fresh produce. The St. Patrick’s High School grad and future engineering student at McMaster University is seen here picking raspberries, one of a number of pick-your-own fruit and vegetables now in season. Glenn Ogilive

One area reopened, two to go in Centennial Park reclamation

Cathy Dobson With the unsightly fence down and residents once again enjoying the north end of Centennial Park, city staff are preparing for the next step in the park’s reclamation – the demolition of the aging Dow People Place. Residents and tourists took back the large piece of the waterfront greenspace last week, more than… Read more »

Damaging storm on Saturday

Lightning strikes from a storm that rolled across Sarnia-Lambton Saturday afternoon damaged trees and buildings and left more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power. With a temperature hitting 31 C. and humidity readings soaring health officials issued a heat alert. Many residents headed to the beach in Sarnia and Bright’s Grove and sought alternative… Read more »

New group aims to help kids thrive at sports, the arts

Tara Jeffrey Graham Holmes wants to make sure money isn’t a barrier for youth striving to reach their full potential. “We just want to make sure all kids have the same opportunity to succeed in sports or the arts, regardless of their financial situation,” said the 28-year-old founder of Empower Play, a new, non-profit looking… Read more »

Court to decide on River City Vineyard legal costs

The question of how much Sarnia must pay to cover the legal fees of River City Vineyard has been left to the courts. Sarnia lost a recent decision in which the Ontario Appeal Court found a men’s homeless shelter River City operated but was forced to close had never contravened city bylaws. Last week, the… Read more »

River poker run

Boaters from both sides of the border are taking part in a poker run on the St. Clair River the weekend of July 31. The Mike Fiore Memorial Can-Am leaves Sarnia Bay Marina the morning of Aug. 1 and stops at various check points on the way to Windsor and back. Money raise will support… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In what country did reggae music originate? 2 – Corunna resident Derek Drouin earned a gold medal at the Canadian National Track and Field Championship in Edmonton recently in what event? 3 – German, French, Italian and Romansh are the four native languages of what European country? 4 – What local park will be… Read more »

Buzz kill

Dan Skinner, a resource technician from the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, drops a puck of larvicide into a catchbasin on Lakeshore Road. Lambton County is using the pesticide this summer to control mosquito larvae and reduce the incidence of West Nile virus. Glenn Ogilvie