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Vanished landmarks part of city walking tour

Cathy Dobson Nearly 20 brightly coloured signs are posted on buildings throughout Sarnia this summer, telling tales about places like the Colonial Hotel, the city’s first airport, Tabs Drive In and the Sarnia courthouse. Though they’re long gone, there’s a real effort to focus on many of Sarnia’s beloved landmarks. So what’s up with that?… Read more »

The eco-secrets beneath our feet

Cathy Dobson Twelve-year-old Caleb Gonzalez excitedly runs over from a dig site in Veteran’s Park with a clump of dirt and a small white shell in his hand. “Look what we found,” he says, showing Mary Abma, a local artist facilitating a youth workshop that marries science and history with art. “So what’s that mean?”… Read more »

Sarnia Braves mosquito team has great year

The Sarnia Braves Minor Mosquito Baseball team won both the London District Baseball Association regular season and the playoff championships in Ingersoll on Aug. 23-24. From left are, top row, coaches Aaron Buntrock, Dino Ferrera, Tom Duncan, Todd Pepper and Barry Johnson; second row, Mitchell Hart, Kaleb Nelson, Brett Hecimovich, Ben George; third row Logan Buntrock,… Read more »

New refinery pitched

Officials in Sarnia unveiled the next step last week in a campaign to convince industry and government to invest $10 billion in a new Sarnia-Lambton refinery to process oil sands bitumen. Ex-industry executives and experts have formed a leadership team with the goal of diverting bitumen from U.S. and offshore refineries and bringing it here… Read more »

This year’s Legionnaires strong on paper

Dan McCaffery Special to The Journal Head coach Dan Rose is vowing the Sarnia Legionnaires will ice a competitive Jr. ‘B’ hockey club this winter. Commenting after the team’s training camp wrapped up Sunday, the bench boss said, “It was a great weekend, we had a lot of good talent to look at. If we… Read more »

Young driver making mark at track

Barry Wright Some people relieve stress by hitting a bucket of balls at the driving range; others prefer a spirited game of one-on-one basketball. Sarnia’s Jaden Chapman has a unique stress-buster. He likes to barrel around a one-half mile oval track in a ’76 Camaro at an average speed of 130 kilometer per hour. At… Read more »

Who are these guys?

This photo from Journal reader Michele Ouimet is something of a mystery. It was taken at Norm Perry Park of a football team sponsored by Sarnia Breweries. Ouimet’s father, Rene Ouimet, and her uncle Dick, are in the front row, second and third from right.But the rest of the team and the date are unknown…. Read more »

New business welcomed downtown with open arms

Cathy Dobson This is a tale about how one new Sarnia business caught on thanks to the efforts of another small business.  It’s about downtown rejuvenation and how a business community helps itself by helping newcomers. Nadia and Constantine Arvanitis opened the Under Wraps Café at 108 Christina St. three months ago. They describe it… Read more »

Sarnia schools get summer overhaul

Cathy Dobson When students return to classes on Tuesday they’ll find an almost unprecedented numbers of renovations and building projects at Sarnia schools. All new classrooms, heating systems, parking and fewer portables will get the school year off to a good start, officials say. The largest project by far is the completion of a $14.6-million… Read more »

OPINION: Pesticide study suggests a problem in the garden

George Mathewson Recently this newspaper profiled beekeeper Ray Heeringa, who lost 80% of his bees last winter, and the winter before. The Sarnia man is convinced a relatively new and pervasive insecticide factored into the death of his hives and those of other Ontario apiculturists, who collectively lost 58% of their bees last winter. Neonicotinoids… Read more »