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OPINION: Our old hospital in General terms

A multi-party logjam that turned the once-proud Sarnia General Hospital building into a derelict eyesore may be about to break. With a prospective buyer in the wings, Sarnia council voted last week to begin a process that could finally see the city-owned land sold and redeveloped. It couldn’t come at a better time. Sarnia owns… Read more »

New life for stately old home

One of central Sarnia’s grand old mansions is being restored by a local realtor with an innovative leasing concept in mind. Mary Ann Raaymakers bought the imposing red brick house at 329 Mackenzie St. in March and launched a $200,000 renovation with the help of local contractor Jordan Parker. “This is a house with good… Read more »

Homeless Jesus: Sculpture unveiled as shelter closes

Any city councillors already squeamish about forcing River City to close its homeless shelter will find no solace in Sarnia’s newest piece of street art. “Homeless Jesus” depicts a shrouded figure curled on a park bench. It appeared Sunday in front of River City Vineyard after the church obeyed a court order and closed it… Read more »

Sarnia high schoolers star at all-Ontario track meet

Seven Sarnia athletes won nine medals at the Ontario high school track and field championships last week. Sebastian Smith of Northern Collegiate and Cole Campbell of Alexander Mackenzie Secondary was each a double medalist, but a bronze won by Cormac Brown was perhaps the most compelling story. The St. Patrick’s High School long jumper had… Read more »

Sting make changes at the top

The new president of the Sarnia Sting wants the franchise to reconnect with the community. Bill Abercrombie made the comment at a news conference at the Hive Bar and Grill at the RBC Centre to announce his appointment, as well as the appointment of Nick Sinclair as team general manager. “We will continue our school… Read more »

Hammin’ it up at Ribfest

Madison Brooks, left, and Braeden Price of Boss Hogs BBQ ham it up at the grill during Sarnia’s Ribfest on Friday, June 13. The event at Hiawatha Horse Park featured a full slate of ribbers, a midway and four days of free music concerts. – Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

Local gymnast wins gold at nationals

Not many 12-year-olds can claim to be part of a national championship team. But Amy Bladon of Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics Club can. Bladon was a member of Team Ontario, which captured gold at the Novice Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team competition at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships held recently in Ottawa. The top three scores from the… Read more »

Bailey has his work cut out

Sarnia-Lambton’s Tory MPP Bob Bailey, just handed his third vote of confidence, knows all too well what it’s like to sit in opposition at Queen’s Park. The Liberals have been the party in power since Bailey was first elected the local MPP in 2007. He had hoped things would change this time around. In fact,… Read more »

Sarnia woman wins title at Canadian Squash Championships

Holly Delavigne didn’t enter the Canadian Squash Championships in Edmonton thinking she’d win her division. After all, she was competing against players who had been playing more while she studied and played collegiate squash at Western University. But, in the end, the 23-year-old won four matches, including two against highly seeded players, to capture the… Read more »