Helicopter to spray parts of north Sarnia for gypsy moths

Journal Staff Sarnia has hired a company with a twin-engine helicopter to begin spraying gypsy moths with a biological insecticide. If wind and weather conditions permit, the first aerial spray will be applied in targeted areas May 15, with a second application five to seven days later, the city’s forestry department says. The process should… Read more »

Despite closed doors, The Hub continuing to help youth

Troy Shantz Homeless youth have been hit hard by the pandemic and lockdown, says the director of a Sarnia drop-in centre. “Sarnia was already in a housing crisis so this has certainly put additional pressure on those youth,” said Ryan Mitchell of The Hub. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, about 20 young people he knew… Read more »

City couple helping businesses stay alive in tough times

Cathy Dobson When the pandemic arrived Rod Medwid and Kendra Petley decided to help their family and friends stay in business. On April 1, they launched a Facebook page so local businesses – particularly the food and beauty industries – could tell the community what they can offer, despite closures and social distancing. “I created… Read more »

Sarnia’s compost site reopening to public next week

Journal Staff Sarnia says the municipal compost site will reopen on Monday. Residents can drop off yard waste, grass clippings and brush for free, with the usual brush drop-off fee being temporarily waived, City Hall said. However, residents are encouraged to use the curbside brush collection scheduled the week of May 18. The facility at… Read more »

For elderly couple split apart, ‘spousal reunification’ has been an empty promise

Cathy Dobson  Toni Conroy, 93, keeps a wedding photo proudly displayed in her room, a fond reminder of her husband. Though she and Gordon Conroy have been married 73 years, bureaucracy and provincial rules have prevented the Sarnia couple from living together for the past 15 months. And now, with Sarnia’s Twin Lakes Terrace Long… Read more »

What you should do if you think you have COVID-19

Journal Staff Much has been said about avoiding the COVID-19 virus. But many of us will be infected at some point, experts say, so what should you do then? If you’re feeling ill or showing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, go into self-isolation immediately, says Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton’s Medical Officer… Read more »

Schools, churches & theatres closed. Store shelves empty. Welcome to Sarnia’s 1918 pandemic

Gary Shrumm & Randy Evans Sarnians have never live through anything quite like the current COVID-19 crisis and the extraordinary changes it has brought. But this isn’t the first time infectious disease has seriously impacted the community. Early Sarnia was a veritable petri dish for the development of microbes. Open and unsanitary drainage ditches, rubbish… Read more »

Sarnia woman leading World Vision relief effort in Congo

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Anne-Marie Connor is a front-line worker half way around the world in a country faced with two unprecedented health emergencies. Simultaneous outbreaks of Ebola and COVID-19 have struck fear in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where Connor, 40, is executive director of World Vision. “But I’m lucky enough to have the… Read more »

Sarnia directing $3 million at crumbling roads

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s Danielle Pretty was driving on Evergreen Drive on March 6 when her vehicle hit a patch of broken pavement, badly damaging its front end. “It was quite alarming when my tire fell off my car after hitting the pothole (and) coming to a screeching halt,” she said. The ball joint of her… Read more »