City Hall’s plan would convert segment of nature trail into sidewalk

Pam Wright Tom Bernard is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the Howard Watson Trail from more urban encroachment. “I’m prepared to lay across the trail when they come with the bulldozers,” the Sarnia resident says. Bernard was responding to Sarnia’s plan to extend The Rapids Parkway beneath Highway 402 and connect it… Read more »

Community meeting to discuss plans for hospital site

The local company redeveloping the old Sarnia General Hospital site is hosting a community meeting to present its plans for the property and answer questions. GFive Inc., which has filed a rezoning application for the site, said the meeting will be held at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. If… Read more »

‘Little party’ planned to help mom recover from brain surgery

Tara Jeffrey There’s no community like Sarnia’s music community. So says Millie Beskers, who’s spearheading a live music benefit to raise money for Brandy Boychuck, a 37-year-old single mother recovering from surgery after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in January. “They have all these medical bills and none of them are working,” Beskers said… Read more »

Loyal patrons convince restaurateur to give it another go

Pam Wright Ontario’s minimum wage increase to $14 an hour was the final straw for Sherry Lee Stewart. In response, the owner of Aamjiwnaang’s iconic Leaky Tank restaurant raised her prices 25%. Patrons drifted away. Stewart had also been ill and some kitchen upgrades could no longer be prolonged. She’d had it. So on Feb…. Read more »

Point Edward vigil held for Humboldt

Journal Staff About 200 people turned out for a candlelight vigil at the Point Edward Arena on Monday evening to stand in support with the community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan and millions of shocked and grieving Canadians. Most wore hockey jerseys out of respect for the 15 players and team personnel of the Humboldt Broncos killed… Read more »

Photography club members hang out to see what develops

Cathy Dobson Sometimes a great photo is a walk in the park. Just ask Alexa Coupland. She was at the Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend in January looking for cedar waxwings, one of 319 bird species in that region. “I saw some way up high and began shooting them about 30 feet in the… Read more »

New fitness studio aims to build self-confidence in girls

Cathy Dobson When Aarika Fortier moved back to Sarnia last year, she became convinced young girls in the community needed more opportunities to be active and build self-confidence. “It’s not easy growing up. It can get vicious, especially with the Internet,” said the married mom of two girls, ages 3 and 5. “I think we… Read more »

Agency steps up to save the Duc d’Orleans Seniors Cruise

Cathy Dobson Lambton Elderly Outreach is stepping in to keep the annual Seniors Cruise afloat, just as it was about to disappear. The free day aboard the Duc d’Orleans II is a 40-year tradition in Sarnia that treats about 1,000 seniors to a river cruise, entertainment and lunch. But volunteer organizer Marni Thomas said recently… Read more »