Seeing wife in Port Huron means a 9-hour trek for Sarnia man

Cathy Dobson A 10-minute drive over the Blue Water Bridge is normally all that separates Sarnia’s Jim Sneddon from his wife in Port Huron, Michigan. Or it was until COVID-19 closed the international border. These days, it takes the Imperial Oil retiree nine hours and $700 to see his spouse Sue Noetzel. The couple married… Read more »

It’s back to the drawing board for downtown BIA plan

Cathy Dobson COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the long and complex process of establishing a Business Improvement Area (BIA) for downtown Sarnia. The pandemic interrupted city staff’s work on a report to council last winter, and it may have impacted the number of commercial ratepayers willing to pay a special BIA levy, says Sutheat… Read more »

New blog providing creative outlet for local writers

Cathy Dobson The pandemic has been a time of creativity for Rhonda Melanson. For her, that means more time spent writing poetry. “I know a lot of people working on their writing, whether it’s poetry or prose,” says the Cathcart Boulevard School teacher. “There’s so much to write about right now.” In part, that’s why… Read more »

Children’s Animal Farm being equipped with security cameras

Journal Staff Surveillance cameras will be switched on shortly at the Children’s Animal Farm to deter vandalism at the popular attraction. Hughes Intelligence Security Services is donating the cameras, which will be installed by mid-September, City Hall said Thursday. The company has also committed to providing overnight security patrols of the property seven days a… Read more »

Local art students awarded scholarships

Journal Staff Three young local artists have received a financial boost from Gallery in the Grove to pursue their post-secondary studies this fall. The Gallery awarded $1,000 to each of the recent high school graduates, maintaining a local arts tradition that began almost 40 years ago. Northern Collegiate grad Laneigh Shirley will attend Ryerson University… Read more »

Lambton County says ‘no’ to mandatory masks – again

Cathy Dobson Areas of Lambton County will continue to be the only places in Ontario that don’t require face masks in public places. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley failed again today at Lambton County council to get enough support for a countywide vote on the issue. Bradley’s request to debate mandatory face masks was turned down… Read more »

City police seek information in bizarre vehicle crash

Journal Staff Sarnia Police are asking the public for any information about, or video surveillance of, a crash Saturday at Lakeshore and Christina streets that left a vehicle’s front wheels on the roof of a house. Police initially received a report of a two-car collision at Christina and Michigan Avenue around 6:40 p.m. No one… Read more »

Shoreline repair work in Bright’s Grove

As a worker looks on, a crawler excavator grabs up and places an armour stone on the Bright’s Grove shoreline. The stones, each weighing about 500 pounds (225 kilos) are being installed as part of permanent repairs at two sections of Old Lakeshore Road. The work is the first tangible sign of Sarnia’s 10-year, $25-million… Read more »