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Downtown’s new Blue Line pub honours first responders

Cathy Dobson One of downtown’s most beautifully restored historic buildings is opening this week as The Blue Line Pub & Lounge. It will be a new sports bar, welcoming the public and honouring first responders with discounts and a display of emergency professionals’ hats and shoulder patches. Owner Tracey Moore Mamak and husband Paul Mamak… Read more »

Veteran actor has a plateful in topical play, The Cake

Cathy Dobson It’s not every day a character as layered as The Cake’s Della comes along. “I read the script for the first time and thought, ‘Oh, my God, Della is me, except for the homophobia,” says Sarnia’s Ruth Francoeur, cast as the lead in the upcoming Theatre Forty Two production of The Cake. The… Read more »

Week of April 18

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Coffee cart venture fits high school students to a tea

Troy Shantz They say humanity runs on coffee. For evidence, look to St. Patrick’s High School where a group of eager students are delivering cups of java right in the hallway. Participants in the Community Pathways program operate a mobile coffee cart each morning, selling coffee, tea and treats to staff and students while developing… Read more »

Local Goodwill Industries merged into London operation

Journal Staff Officials say there will be no local job losses resulting from the merger of Goodwill Essex Kent Lambton and London-based Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes. The two organizations are joining to improve processes and streamline practices under the Great Lakes name, said Michelle Quintyn, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes…. Read more »

City kicking the can down the road — and into a pothole

Troy Shantz & George Mathewson “It’s pothole season here all year round.” So says Tony D’Agostini, manager of public works and an overseer of Sarnia road repairs. The job of pothole patroller is delegated to one city staffer and the schedule is set a year in advance. Busier streets are inspected every few days while… Read more »

Gymnast lands scholarship

Amy Bladon of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club will attend Pennsylvania State University on a gymnastics scholarship this fall. “Amy is a genuine role model to the competitive team and also a talented coach at the club,” said executive director Rose-Ann Nathan. ‘We sure are going to miss her.” Submitted Photo

New support group for grandparents raising grandkids

Cathy Dobson Sometimes life’s plans are disrupted by decisions both heart wrenching and heartwarming. Sarnia’s Vickie Lavoie knows exactly what that feels like. She and her husband were looking forward to retirement and a quieter life when they realized their daughter’s mental health wouldn’t allow her to keep her newborn. “She couldn’t cope on her… Read more »