A fine day for kitesurfing

It was 2 C. with brisk north winds blowing but that didn’t discourage Pat Holman of Bright’s Grove from venturing out onto Lake Huron for a little kitesurfing on Saturday. Holman, who has taken more than 100 kitesurfing flights this year, says he likes Mike Weir Park because its gently sloping beach makes it a… Read more »

Companies fined for polluting

Journal Staff Two industrial releases to the environment that had significant impacts on Sarnia were resolved in court last week. Shell Canada released a pungent smelling gas called mercaptan on Jan. 11, 2013 that drifted over the neighbouring Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Dozens of people at the time, many of them children, reported feeling physical symptoms… Read more »

Busy First Friday kicks off downtown holiday season

Cathy Dobson  On First Friday the Coffee Culture will be filled with the music of Erika Sit and Sara Campbell, aka Erika and Sara. The duo have a new single out, “Roulette Wheel” which was recorded at 1092 Studios in Nashville and released on Spotify and iTunes Nov. 13. “It’s doing really well,” said Erika…. Read more »

Dust not hazardous

Dust that swept across the St. Clair River and over Sarnia following the implosion of the Marysville power plant did not contain asbestos, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change says. Spokesperson Kate Jordan said nothing hazardous was found in the samples taken from two homes following the Nov. 7 implosion. “It was… Read more »

Northern’s basketball champions

Northern’s basketball champions Northern Collegiate became the 2015 Lambton-Kent high school senior girls basketball champions by downing St. Patrick’s High School 50-31 in the league’s all-Sarnia final. From left are, front row, Claire Dechet, Meghan Jackson, Skyla Minnaker, Marissa Mara, Sam Brimmer and Abby Whiteye. Back row, Coach Mark Woodhouse, Coach Lindsey Nield, Avery Bathe-Minard,… Read more »

City eyes cuts to staff benefits

George Mathewson Sparks are expected to fly when Sarnia councillors begin tapping at the divisive issue of staff benefits next month. Faced with a dismal budget forecast, senior administrators have recommending cutting health benefits of employees who retire early after Aug. 1 of 2016. Early retirees and their spouses are currently eligible to have 100%… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In personal ads, what does the abbreviation SOH mean? 2 – The YMCA recently awarded Thea deGroot, Christian Goulet and Brian and June DeWagner what type of medallions for making a positive difference in our community? 3 – The title of the recently released James Bond movie is also the name of what… Read more »

The wild history of the Riverport Tavern

Kip Cuthbert The building known today as the Riverport Tavern dates back to 1886, when it opened as the bank of the fledgling Alpha Oil Co. The company had been founded by Thurston G. Hall, a chemist who convinced a group of U.S. millionaires to buy up the old Dominion Oil refinery to produce a… Read more »

Metal in the kettle

Frieda Kobler drops a donation in a kettle while Salvation Army member Margo Brett and co-ordinator Laura Raiger offer thanks at the Christmas Red Kettle campaign kick-off at the Great Canadian Superstore last week. Money deposited in the familiar red kettles goes directly to the Salvation Army’s food bank and family services. The local agency… Read more »

Sets, buds and Rock n’ Roll for Christmas

Cathy Dobson Dave Chaulk jokes that rehearsals for this year’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas have taken four months, “but really it’s been about 30 years.” Many local musicians in the show have been performing for decades, he explains.  “I just can’t believe the talent.” This year’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas on Dec. 18 and 19… Read more »