Sarnia lands one new fishing derby, another gets away

Troy Shantz A new fishing derby is coming to Sarnia-Lambton and its sharpest lure is a smartphone app to keep participants safe, organizers say. Southwestern Ontario’s Blue Coast Walleye Challenge running June 4-13 will see anglers submit their catches via the app to avoid congregating at weigh stations and potentially spreading COVID-19. “The beginning of… Read more »

Happy trails to you, but pick up your garbage, please

Troy Shantz A former Sarnia councillor is urging residents to show the local trail system a little love. People throughout the pandemic have taken to local paths and nature trails in huge numbers, says Mike Kelch, who heads the 18-member Bluewater Trails committee. But with extra traffic have come unleashed dogs, discarded poop-and-scoop bags and… Read more »

Restaurant owner named a ‘hometown business hero’

Cathy Dobson A local restaurant owner has been lauded internationally for his commitment to supporting Sarnia-Lambton during COVID-19. Manjit Singh of Sitara Indian Cuisine is one of 3,000 small business owners in Canada and the U.S. named a Local Business Person of the Year by Alignable, North America’s largest online referral network for small business…. Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What is the first name of the main character in the Home Alone movie series? 2 – Northern Collegiate’s Jaelyn Cole was awarded an NCAA athletic scholarship at St. Francis University in what discipline? 3 – What does the “T” stand for in the boxing acronym TKO? 4 – If Sarnia follows Ontario’s… Read more »

New showcase helps kids find Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Tara Jeffrey With a growing number of youth waiting to be matched with a mentor, staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton knew they had to get creative. “Since COVID, our referrals for support have grown substantially. Families are struggling financially and emotionally, and this is having a direct impact on our youth,” said staff member… Read more »

School board has buyer for SCITS property, sale pending

Cathy Dobson The local public school board has entered into a binding agreement with an undisclosed buyer for the former SCITS property on Wellington Street. The Lambton Kent District School Board received multiple offers for the 100-year-old school building and 9.2 acres it occupies, superintendent Brian McKay confirmed. The board is legally bound not to… Read more »

Judge Donohue hangs up gavel after distinguished career

Troy Shantz When Judge Joe Donohue logged onto Zoom last week he expected to deal with a courtroom emergency. Instead, he was greeted by dozens of family, friends and colleagues on his final day as a Superior Court Justice. “Wow! Look at those people,” he told his Zoommates. “I thought I was coming in here… Read more »

OPINION: Another compendium of curious stuff from Sarnia’s past

Randy Evans BUSY GUY – After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in architecture, Chester Charles Woods (1890-1970) returned to his native Sarnia to ply his profession. By the time he was done, Woods had designed 12 Ontario hospitals, 10 movie houses (including one in Sarnia), London Road Public School (1920), Johnston… Read more »

Money is helping, but homeless crisis may get worse

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s homeless crisis could worsen in the coming weeks as CERB and other government support programs run out, says Lambton County’s homelessness prevention manager. “We need to at least be prepared for it. Given the economic trends and what we know is coming it’s a reasonable assumption,” Melissa Fitzpatrick said. Sarnia’s two homeless… Read more »