City couple gets hitched with scaled down ceremony

Cathy Dobson It wasn’t the big wedding they’d envisioned, but Katie Haywood and Steve Ayrheart still managed to get married during a global pandemic. The newlyweds tied the knot in the backyard of Haywood’s aunt’s central Sarnia home on May 16, with a few socially distanced family members in attendance. “My dad couldn’t walk me… Read more »

Gypsy moth spraying expected to begin this week

Troy Shantz The on-again, off-again gypsy moth spray program is expected to begin this week, depending on the weather and development of moth larvae, City Hall says. Spraying with a biological insecticide was to begin May 15, then May 20. City council met Friday via teleconference specifically to overturn its April decision to spray, then… Read more »

Lambton student art show takes on new dimension

Cathy Dobson   From live music and theatre, to art shows and exhibitions, COVID-19 has derailed so many community arts events. But one local tradition is still going forward, thanks to some volunteer ingenuity at Gallery in the Grove. The Lambton County Student Art Show has been held every year since the 1960s.  It’s had such… Read more »

Bluewater Health operating at fraction of capacity, awaiting second wave

Troy Shantz Bluewater Health is seeing one-fifth its normal patient caseload and is currently treating just a handful of COVID-19 cases, but it still won’t be resuming normal operations anytime soon. Having the resources are in place in case a second wave of the disease sweeps through Sarnia-Lambton is the hospital’s chief priority, said CEO… Read more »

Bang On! Pan-pounding neighbours offer up loud salutes

Cathy Dobson It’s been seven weeks since Kaitlyn Hill decided to make some noise for Sarnia’s front-line workers. “I’m thinking of the nurses at the hospitals, the clerks in the grocery stores — everyone who has to work during the pandemic,” said Hill, a 27-year-old Bright’s Grove resident. Hill heard about the worldwide phenomenon of… Read more »

Long forgotten street became part of Canadian labour history

Tom St. Amand The land wedged between the abandoned Holmes Foundry buildings and Highway 402 is currently being cleared of trees and scrub for future development. But nearly a century ago a street, known as Berkley Row, bisected it. History might have completely bypassed Berkley Row if not for the controversial race riot of March… Read more »

18th death reported, new outbreak at a Sarnia senior home

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton has four new cases of COVID-19 this morning, one more death, and a new outbreak at a long-term care home in Sarnia. A resident of Marshall Gowland Manor tested positive for the virus and was placed in isolation as soon as they started experiencing symptoms, said Jane Joris, general manager of Lambton… Read more »