Bluewater Gymnastics athletes shine at Montreal meet

Troy Shantz A pair of elite Bluewater Gymnastics athletes took the podium and many others won medals and qualified for provincials with a strong showing at the International Gymnix meet. Rachael Riley, 14, Amy Bladon, 17, each earned bronze in their respective categories in Montreal on March 10. Competing as a member of Team Canada… Read more »

Lake Huron property owners not happy about erosion

Troy Shantz A Sarnia resident is at odds with the city over the cause of a failed seawall at his lakefront property, a potential hint of things to come if Lake Huron continues to rise. Sections of John McNeill’s seawall collapsed last fall, a problem he says is linked to shoreline repairs the city did… Read more »

Even in winter, Sarnia is a great place to watch nature

Journal Staff It’s been a good winter for nature photographer Ronny D’Haene. Readers may remember an image he shared last month of a coyote and bald eagles scrapping over food on the St. Clair River ice. Or a shot he took of a confused row of pigeons, and another of water rolling like quicksilver from… Read more »

Severe PSW shortage on agenda at health care Town Hall

Troy Shantz The growing shortage of personal support workers and their difficult working conditions will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting Saturday, officials say. “The word is out. People are leaving the profession of PSW and they’re not enrolling in PSW courses at community colleges,” said Shirley Roebuck, chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition…. Read more »

City homeless shelters are still full and emergency funding has run out

Troy Shantz Emergency funding that helped house the homeless at motels this winter has run out, forcing Sarnia’s two at-capacity homeless shelters to turn people away once again. After the situation became dire last fall, the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network gave $45,000 in emergency cash to help shelter 100 individuals on 881 nights… Read more »

Icy Lake

Ice stretches across the surface of Lake Huron as far as the eye can see from this vantage point in Bright’s Grove. About 85% of Huron was ice covered on March 8, compared to 20% on the same date last year and 17% in 2017, according to the Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System. Glenn Ogilvie

Celtic musicians tune up for greenest day of the year

Cathy Dobson Brendan D’Arcy remembers a time when virtually no one played Irish music in Sarnia. How times have changed. “When I first moved here in the ‘70s I met two other Irish musicians, but they lived in Forest,” he said. “John Ross and Ed Bobington became good friends. We met in our living rooms… Read more »