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What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca Wednesday, Aug. 12 Nerf Olympics Team-based play… Read more »

OPINION: Old letter to city bigwig surfaces

George Mathewson Journal reader Robin Jewell made a surprising discovery recently while leafing through a box of old papers he bought online. Beneath a pile of stamps he found a letter addressed to one James Flintoft, Esq. with a postmark of Port Sarnia. It’s dated February 26, 1852. “I was blown away. It seemed to… Read more »

Waterfront art festival brings park to life

Cathy Dobson   Sometimes the greatest ideas come together by chance. Sandi Grimshaw was shopping one day and happened to bump into Jenny Greensmith, the executive director at Pathways Health Centre for Children. The two got talking and Greensmith mentioned she was looking around for a new fundraiser for the centre.  Grimshaw had 10 years’… Read more »

Launch of Bioamber plant signals new day in the Valley

George Mathewson When a small start-up company with powerful backers opened the largest plant of its kind on the planet in Sarnia last week it signalled a compass shift in the Chemical Valley. Bioamber Sarnia is using corn syrup – not petroleum – to make a sugar-like substance at the $186-million (CDN) facility on Vidal… Read more »

Is ‘Big Tom’ on the move again?

Journal Staff Now that the mystery of the old cannon in Canatara Park has finally been solved a scheme is afoot to move it. City council has endorsed a tentative plan to relocate “Big Tom” from the central field at Canatara to Veteran’s Park, beside Sarnia Library. A citizen group researching its history has confirmed… Read more »

New hospital CEO announced

Change at the top is coming to the largest public sector organization in Sarnia-Lambton. Bluewater Health has announced Mike Lapaine will become president and CEO on Jan. 1, giving him oversight of the hospitals in Sarnia and Petrolia. Currently vice-president of operations, Lapaine came to Bluewater Health in 2008 from the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance…. Read more »

Pep rally planned to officially welcome new Sting owners

Journal Staff The Sarnia Sting’s annual Black & White game in support of the United Way will pack a twist this year. As always, the game will feature current Sting players and prospects vying for a roster spot. But the Sept. 2 tilt will also see Mayor Mike Bradley and others officially welcome the hockey… Read more »

Hot August Nights draws big crowd

The centre field in Canatara Park was filled with classic vehicles and curious spectators for Hot August Nights on Thursday, Aug. 6. Hosted by Sarnia Street Machines, the cruise, concert and car show featured live bands and a barbecue by Pathway volunteers. Glenn Ogilvie

Lawn bowlers in the pink

Over $1,200 was raised for the Breast Cancer Society when 32 lawn bowlers competed in the annual Breast Cancer Tournament at the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club on Aug. 3. From left are event organizers Mike and Nancy Landry, tournament winners Sharon Philpott and Grant Collison, and event organizer Gus Weatherstone. Submitted Photo

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Which controversial Canadian is known by the nickname “Grapes”? 2 – St. Pat’s grad Adam Mckinnon has played on what local gridiron team for the last ten seasons? 3 – What author was the first person to become a billionaire just by selling her books? (She then lost her billionaire status because she… Read more »