Theatre Sarnia brings kid-friendly classic to the stage

Pam Wright If you’re off to see The Wizard, just follow the yellow brick road to the Imperial Theatre. Theatre’s Sarnia’s production of the beloved family-favourite opens May 10 and features a cast of 35, including 16 children who bring a host of fresh new faces to local theatre. “It’s a classic film and lots… Read more »

Story Stork dropping books into homes of children in care

Tara Jeffrey A little reading can go a long way. So says Kim Doyon, a kinship support worker at the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society. She recently launched the Story Stork program, delivering books to dozens of area children placed with family members through the agency. Story Stork is modelled after the successful ‘Bookworm Program,’ which… Read more »

New hospital heart monitor will honour little girl’s tragically short life

Tara Jeffrey Charlotte Reinders’ memory will live on at Bluewater Health where a state-of-the-art heart monitor is being purchased in her honour, thanks to this community’s overwhelming generosity. “Each year we try to do something to remember her,” Amy Reinders said of the baby girl she and husband Chris lost shortly after birth three years… Read more »

Eye on the birdie

Andrew Cook, right, returns the shot as junior doubles partner Jaxon Bore backs him up at the Lambton-Kent high school badminton championships. The duo from Northern Collegiate placed second to a team from Chatham’s Ursuline College but still advanced to the Southwestern Ontario playdowns. Bruce Smith Special to The Journal

Young ‘lucky charm’ helped make hockey magic in Toronto

Tara Jeffrey Dillon McCowan is a Mooretown Junior Flag on his hometown roster, but he’s an honorary Toronto Colt for life. The Corunna boy, who turns 11 next month, was a ‘runner’ for the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s AAA Juvenile team when Mooretown hosted the International Silverstick Tournament earlier this year. He filled water bottles,… Read more »

New pole dancing studio lets women belly up to the bar

Cathy Dobson It’s not what you think. Haylee Lacroix and Brittanny Allen, owners of Sarnia’s first pole dancing studio, want to put all preconceptions to bed. Yes, there are a few professional strippers who attend classes at Chrome 45 Pole Fitness to improve their technique and add to their pole tricks, Lacroix said. But most… Read more »

Gladu joins singers gifted and otherwise at Sarnia Sings

Cathy Dobson Sarnia Sings will sound a conservative note this year. That’s because one of the 17 performers at the May 2 fundraiser will be Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, as staunch a Conservative as you’ll find. Turns out, Gladu’s talents include an ability to sing — along with a penchant for tunes from the ‘70s,… Read more »

Accomplished 16-year-old pianist preparing for a larger stage

Troy Shantz Phoebe Croteau hadn’t taken many piano lessons when her mother overheard her one day tapping out an unfamiliar tune. When Shinae Kang asked her five-year-old about it, the little girl confessed she’d picked up the song by listening to senior students practice it that week. “That’s when I knew she had something,” Kang… Read more »