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Former school reopens as self-storage business

Cathy Dobson As the doors open this week on a new era for the former St. Margaret elementary school, Sarnia developer Robert Iacobelli said he’s particularly proud that he and his brother repurposed a building rather than tear it down. The brothers’ company, Nelmar Developments, bought the former school property about three years ago and… Read more »

Sarnia ready to host Silver Stick

Barry Wright The countdown is on to one of the oldest minor hockey tournaments in Ontario. Arenas in and around Sarnia will be busy from morning to night with the annual Sarnia International Silver Stick Atom and Midget Finals taking centre stage Jan. 16-18. The tournament, featuring teams from across Ontario and the U.S., began… Read more »

OPINION: Sir John A. Macdonald’s fishy local land deal

George Mathewson Sunday will mark the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, one of the most important and controversial figures in Canadian history, and no stranger to Sarnia. In fact, before Macdonald became our first prime minister he owned 900 acres in what is today Point Edward. A large tract of land had been… Read more »

American Idol: Cliff Erickson bringing nephew and Idol contestant to Sarnia show

Journal Staff He’s an enduring staple of the local music scene, a Michigan export who has performed so often in Sarnia he’s frequently mistaken for a homegrown talent. But Cliff Erickson’s next show in the city will be unique in more ways than one. For starters, proceeds from the singer-songwriter’s Jan. 24 performance at Jack… Read more »

Best buds find a loving home

Vanessa Hrvatin Special to The Journal A pair of inseparable dogs who were featured recently in The Journal has found a loving home. Brandy and B.J. arrived at the Sarnia and District Humane Society last August but couldn’t find a permanent place to live. Would-be adopters were reluctant to take on two large and older… Read more »

Letters, week of Jan. 8

Frustrated by homeless shelter closure Sir: Thank you George Mathewson for exposing the abuse of taxpayer’s money in the homeless court fight. And for exposing the sad “not in my neighbourhood” mentality of some residents here on Mitton Street. Most people don’t choose to be homeless. And River City Vineyard was kind enough to open… Read more »

Space invader: sea lamprey holds lesson for Great Lakes

George Mathewson The eel-like thing squirms as it’s lifted from a water tank before fixing its sucker mouth to the bare arm of Jim Campbell, a community liaison officer in Sarnia with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It looks like a monstrous leech on steroids, but with sharp teeth, and the 24th Dunlop Scouts and Cubs… Read more »

Gallery in the Grove turns 35 this year

Cathy Dobson  Sheila Brown and Clare Bloxam are always on the lookout for the “wow” factor. It’s not an easy job to choose the six shows to be exhibited at Gallery in the Grove every year. Brown and Bloxam volunteer as exhibition planners on a board of directors that works year-round to ensure established and… Read more »

City moves to seamless bylaw enforcement

Journal Staff The people who round up stray dogs and write up parking tickets are now one and the same in Sarnia. City hall has consolidated its three bylaw enforcement units into a single division, a move that’s expected to save money and speed response times, said Jane Cooper, director of planning and building. Staff… Read more »