New group aims to help kids thrive at sports, the arts

Tara Jeffrey Graham Holmes wants to make sure money isn’t a barrier for youth striving to reach their full potential. “We just want to make sure all kids have the same opportunity to succeed in sports or the arts, regardless of their financial situation,” said the 28-year-old founder of Empower Play, a new, non-profit looking… Read more »

Local paddler representing Canada at Dragon Boat World Championships

Barry Wright A Camlachie-area teen is heading to the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships this summer, and hoping to replicate the success of her older sister. Paige General, 17, has been named to Canada’s national junior team competing at the world event at the International Flatwater Centre in Welland, Ont. in late August. Her… Read more »

St. Pat’s student named to national soccer side

Barry Wright The list of local athletes competing at an elite level in their respective sport continues to grow. The latest is Matt Paquette, who has been chosen to play for Canada’s national U15 soccer squad. The 15-year-old St. Patrick’s High School student was selected following a series of training camps and tournaments earlier this… Read more »

Local canine to compete on world stage

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman and her three-year-old border collie are off to Germany next week to compete in the prestigious European Open against teams from 35 other countries. “I’m still really new to (the sport),” says Karen Childs, 32, who qualified with her dog Cash for the Canadian Kennel Club Agility team after tryouts… Read more »

Point Edward is the place to be this weekend

Cathy Dobson If Point Edward were any busier this weekend, the village borders would have to expand. The 91st annual Mackinac boat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island gets under way on Saturday morning, July 18. It sets the stage for a slew of community events that promise to attract thousands to Waterfront Park… Read more »

Chef returns to roots at Tutto Pizzeria

Cathy Dobson There are dozens of telephone listings for pizzerias in Sarnia and virtually every one of them is busy on the weekends. The challenge is keeping customer traffic high on weekdays, even though we live in a city that loves its pizza, says Red Seal chef Sam Federico. He’s the owner of the new… Read more »

34th Bluewater Triathlon ready to roll in Bright’s Grove

Barry Wright One of the longest-running summer sporting events in the area is fast approaching. The 34th edition of the Bluewater Triathlon and Duathlon and Ironkid Triathlon is set for Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 in and around Lake Huron. The Olympic Distance Triathlon, consisting of a 1.5-km swim, a 40-km bike ride… Read more »

Weird cars: Sarnia couple share passion for unusual wheels

George Mathewson Sarnia’s Kenn and Donna Poore have been drawing a lot of startled looks lately. The self-described “gearheads” are the active owners of three wild and wonderful cars that are as much fun to operate as they are weird. Take, for example, their 1958 Vespa. Built in France by an Italian scooter company, the… Read more »

Leo the paraplegic dog might walk again

Cathy Dobson There’s hope that a little dog found partially paralyzed on the far-off shores of Thailand may walk again thanks to the expertise of a Sarnia veterinarian. Leo, a two-year-old shepherd mix, has been getting around with the help of a doggie wheelchair since being fostered by Jamie Marilyn Smith. As Journal readers learned… Read more »