Skaters test out Sarnia’s new artificial ice surface

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s Valley Axe has converted two of its target throwing ranges into 20-foot by 30-foot artificial ice pads this fall in an effort to attract a new audience. The synthetic “ice” surface, called Glice, can be used for hockey training or recreational skating, said co-owner Bo Tait. Its maintenance includes cleaning the snow-like… Read more »

Lambton’s COVID-19 surge continues

Tara Jeffrey The rise of COVID-19 in Lambton continued Saturday, with a record 20 new cases reported by Lambton Public Health, the largest jump since the pandemic’s early days. The number of active cases is now 49, up from 39 Friday. The number of resolved cases also jumped from 411 to 420. The local infection… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1) What Christmas song is the best selling song of all time?   2) For making a positive change in our community, Sarnians Camilla McGill and Lindsay Kirkland have been awarded Peace Medals by what organization?   3) The line “Take a sad song and make it better“ is from what Beatles’ hit?   4)… Read more »

Low local virus rate draws basketballers to Lambton

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s relatively low COVID-19 case count is having an unexpected and positive impact on Lambton College’s basketball program. As many as five new recruits will join the men’s squad in the new year, many of them drawn because restrictions in larger cities have shut down their basketball leagues and practices, said coach James… Read more »

Teens sing old show tunes to turn frowns upside down

When Jaymie Cowen began feeling down about the pandemic, she didn’t let it get the best of her. Instead, the 16-year-old Grade 11 student, decided to do something about the friends and regular activities she was missing. She rallied a few of her pals who also like theatre and music at St. Patrick’s High School… Read more »

Sarnia company developing a countertop micro-farm

A Sarnia company is developing a unique micro-farming system aimed at a growing market for homegrown and healthy greens. And the timing couldn’t be better, says Eddie DeJong, leader of the design team and co-owner of Vita, formerly New England Arbors. Consumer interest was already high for fresh microgreens for salads, smoothies and garnishes. But the… Read more »

City woman’s labour of love turns scrappy into happy

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Ruth Johnston is a woman on a mission. Using donated scrap material from two pandemic-impacted causes, she has made and given away more than 100 quilted comforters to women and children in need this year. First, Johnston created more than 50 quilts from leftover cloth that a group of local seamstresses used… Read more »

100-year-old vet honoured with birthday tribute

Tara Jeffrey Bruce Murray is a survivor. The 100-year-old Sarnia veteran has withstood the horrors of war, endured the grief of losing his wife of nearly 70 years, and recovered from the ills of an unprecedented pandemic. “You’ve got to have faith in yourself, that’s all,” said Murray, a resident at Landmark Village who celebrated… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1) “The One Horse Open Sleigh” was the original title of what now popular Christmas song?   2) Local brothers Ryan and Andrew Davies excel at what sport?   3) Which Sylvester Stallone movie character is nicknamed “the Italian Stallion”?   4) When he was 17, what yet-to-be famous American worked briefly in the 1860s… Read more »