A new French Immersion school, Sacred Heart to close

Troy Shantz Sarnia is getting a new Catholic elementary school. The Education Ministry has approved $17 million for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board to build a new French immersion school and an attached child-care centre. The board said the facility will accommodate 659 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8, along with six… Read more »

A loaf of bread and a six-pack

The Real Canadian Superstore in Sarnia will begin offering beer and hard cider this spring. The Murphy Road store is one of 87 newly announced grocers authorized to sell certain types of alcohol beginning April 1. It will join 200 other non-LCBO locations in the province at which beer and cider can be purchased.

Valentine’s Day traditions may be older than you think

Phil Egan I stumbled across an interesting fact recently – that the oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine’s letter dating from the 1400’s. The letter, it turns out, is held today in the manuscript collections of the British Museum. Penned in French by the Duc d’Orleans, it was written while he was… Read more »

Receding glacier?

Visitors to Canatara Park check out an ice shelf near the beach lifeguard office, as seen from the vantage point of a drone. Alternating periods of biting cold and temperate thaws have helped create dramatic caves, hills and other ice formations on Lake Huron’s shoreline this winter. This shelf, like a real glacier, will deposit… Read more »

Aamjiwnaang elder to receive Ontario’s highest honour

Journal Staff Aamjiwnaang elder Geraldine Robertson has been named to the Order of Ontario for her work in helping fellow residential school survivors. The 82-year-old educator and advocate has travelled across the country encouraging other survivors to open up and work toward healing. Now, she will travel to Toronto, where the Lieutenant Governor will bestow… Read more »

Valley Axe to host tourney

Sarnia’s Valley Axe will host one of Ontario’s top axe and knife throwing tournaments. The London Line range was selected to host The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame (IKTHOF) Ontario regionals, scheduled for Aug. 18-19. Co-owner Bo Tait said the tournament attracts some of the biggest names in the sport. The four-acre, indoor-outdoor facility… Read more »

High school basketball playoffs

The Northern Collegiate senior boys basketball team is sitting comfortably in first place as the season wraps this week. The Vikings raised their win streak to six games after defeating Great Lakes 53-33 on Jan. 18. The LKSSAA senior boys basketball playoffs begin Feb. 13.

Smash Wrestling returning March 31

Smash Wrestling is coming back to Sarnia, and to a new venue. River City Vineyard will host the next installment, scheduled for March 31 at 6 p.m. With the rivalry between Anthony Kingdom James and Sarnia Coun. Brian White concluded on Jan. 19, a final match has been scheduled between their tag-team partners, Sebastian Suave… Read more »

Branden Padgett sets new basketball team record

Branden Padgett has set a new varsity record at Lambton College. The guard with the men’s basketball team eclipsed the old mark for total points on Jan. 31 when he dropped 19 in a loss to Conestoga College, bringing his career total to 1,496 points. The previous club record of 1,482 was set by Mike… Read more »

City’s grants policy may change

Troy Shantz Sarnia city council approved some $147,000 in municipal grants this month, but may change how funds are handed out in the future. Grants were approved for six local groups at the Jan. 15 council meeting, ranging from $200 for the Lambton Farm Safety group, to $72,000 for the Sarnia Physician Recruitment Taskforce of… Read more »