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Council narrowly votes to bring back kiosk at City Hall

Journal Staff City council has fulfilled another of Mayor Mike Bradley’s election promises and will re-establish a customer service desk in the lobby at City Hall. But the move won’t come cheap. An additional staff person must be hired at a cost of $83,500 a year, plus $8,500 for the desk, computer and phone. And… Read more »

Board hands out layoff notices to more than 100 teachers

Journal Staff The public school board has sent notices to 111 full-time teachers warning they might be out of a job. The layoff notices cover 52 elementary and 59 high school teachers. Lower education grants tied to declining enrolment and larger class sizes announced by the Ontario government makes these “challenging times,” said Jim Costello,… Read more »

A new brewery and restaurant going into historic downtown building

Cathy Dobson A large historic downtown building is being converted into a new craft brewery, bar and restaurant set to open in early summer. The River Run Brew Co. is taking shape in the refurbished basement of 146 and 148 Christina St. That’s the 12,000-square-foot building outside the former Bayside Centre, near Cromwell Street. Most recently… Read more »

First in the pool

Ten swimmers from the Sarnia Y Rapids 1 team had first-place finishes at the second-last SEAL meet of the season in Leamington. From left are: front row: Clara Ybema, 8, Grace Wallace, 9, Margaret McIntosh, 9, Joshua Peterson, 6, and Ryan Bastow, 10; back row: Emmanuel deGuzman, 11, Lauren Armstrong, 11, Diane Clarke, 17, Gabrion… Read more »

Arenacross Action

Round 3 of the 2019 Rockstar Energy Arenacross Tour touches down Saturday, April 27 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Returnees include last year’s winner and local hero Cole Thompson, seen here, who went on to win the entire cross-country Triple Crown Series and the $100,000 prize purse. Gates to the pit party open at… Read more »

For itinerant golf pro, it’s have driver, will travel

Troy Shantz A golf pro who travels the world teaching the game he loves has landed in Bright’s Grove. Gordon Crossman has worked as an instructor in 20 different countries over the past half-century, as well as managing, consulting and even helping design golf courses. “I’ve done everything in the business,” said Crossman, 76, who… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What word describes a person who uses his or her right hand and left hand equally well?   2 – New spectator bleachers, washrooms and a concession area are part of the upgrades at the Stan Slack baseball field at what city park?   3 – Name three of the four colours that… Read more »

Pool winners

Nine members of the Sarnia Rapids swim team had one or more top-three finishes at a meet at Hamilton’s McMaster University recently. From left are, back row: Caleb Wiersma (3 gold, 2 silver), Maddison Hawryluk (3 gold, 1 silver), Jack Girardi (4 gold, 1 silver), Sarah Visser (1 gold, 1 silver), Kayla Marshall (1 gold,… Read more »

Support available for teens suffering loss of loved one

Tara Jeffrey Experiencing the loss of a loved one is hard — especially for teenagers — whose grief is often overlooked, says Katie Joosten. “We know that teens’ schedules are busy with school, friends, after-school activities, jobs and family,” said the program manager at St. Joseph’s Hospice, where a new grief support group for teens… Read more »