City footballer has line of scrimmage as wide as Europe

Troy Shantz Jason Robert South has made a career out of playing and teaching football, but not in North America. The former St. Clair Secondary student has taken his skills across the pond, where the European market is ripe for Westerners proficient in America’s favourite game, he said. “It’s kind of like (being) a unicorn… Read more »

Three past-their-prime parks buildings coming down

Journal Staff The old barn at Camp Saredaca, a place in which generations of day-campers have cobbled together crafts and eaten baloney sandwiches, is about to disappear from the landscape. Also coming down is the Cricket Club building in Mike Weir Park and a long-unused washroom in Canatara Park. Though full of memories the buildings… Read more »

New city feminist network planning to make some noise

Troy Shantz A new advocacy group headed to the doorstep of Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey to flex its muscles for the first time. The Sarnia Intersectional Feminist Network was born this spring in response to reports hate crimes are on the rise and the arrival in Sarnia of the Yellow Vest protest movement, said spokesperson… Read more »

The history of Sarnia’s street names now an open book

Journal Staff The Sarnia Streets Project is now available in book form. The Project, a 340-page compendium of original research, tells the story behind the name of virtually every street, boulevard, crescent and cul-de-sac in the city. But until this week it was available only online. “We’ve had people ask us where they could get… Read more »

City Hall gets an earful after council bans plastic bags for leaf collection

Cathy Dobson   After years of resident opposition, city councillors banned the use of plastic bags for yard waste collection without a single word at their most recent meeting. “I walked out of there thinking, ‘That was amazing,’” said Coun. Brian White, long a proponent of paper bags. Previous councils have supported plastic bags over paper… Read more »

City gets federal cash for climate change

Troy Shantz Ottawa is helping Sarnia prepare for the impact of climate change. The city is getting $10.4 million to continue separating its old sewers in the face of increasingly severe storms and the risk of flooding. Ending discharges of raw sewage to the St. Clair River by untangling Sarnia’s storm and sanitary sewers has… Read more »

Are you a descendent of cycling champion Angus McLeod?

Phil Egan A woman in St. Louis, Missouri has something of value that once belonged to Angus McLeod, and she wants to give it back. And if McLeod, a famed cyclist of yesteryear, is one of your ancestors, you’ve reason to be proud. Angus McLeod was the Canadian cycling champion of the late 19th century,… Read more »

Four local bowlers headed off to national championships

Troy Shantz Four young bowlers from Sarnia are headed to the Canadian championships this year. Kennedy Keating, 10, and Kailey Milner, 9, will represent Southern Ontario in the bantam girls category at the Youth Bowling Canada National Championships on May 5-7. Graeme McGillivray, 14, and Alex Haasen, 13, advanced to the nationals by winning the… Read more »

Reincarnation of Sweet Lemons boutique is bearing fruit

Cathy Dobson The opening of Sweet Lemons, a children’s resale boutique on Confederation Street, is a testament to Jerica Giresi’s determination. It also proves that lessons learned from one failed attempt can lead to a new and much more viable venture. It’s been seven years since Giresi opened the first Sweet Lemons on Russell Street. She… Read more »