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Hiawatha offering 21 Saturday harness racing dates this year

Barry Wright Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre will push for more live harness racing dates in future, but for now president Jim Henderson is resigned to the fact the Ontario Racing Commission has allocated 21 dates for the coming racing season. “I would have liked to have had more,” said Henderson. “The optimum amount… Read more »

A third generation of backyard rink-making

George Mathewson You hear it before you see it, the snick of blades on ice and the thump of puck on boards. The rink Bill Rose has built behind his Isabella Street home is more than 70×30 foot patch of ice. It’s also a neighbourhood magnet and cultural tradition as old as Canada itself. Every… Read more »

Making tracks

Sled tracks wind their way to an ice fishing hut in the Sarnia Yacht Club basin in this photo taken Thursday by reader Rick Smith, who used a tripod and 300 mm lens. Local anglers have reported catching brown and rainbow trout though the ice around Sarnia this past week. Photo courtesy, Rick Smith

Businessman with autism aims to clip the odds

Cathy Dobson The sign posted on the outer door of Kyle Wagner-Dixon’s dog grooming business is an eye-opener. Not every shop owner introduces himself to new customers by explaining his disability before they walk in. “I feel it necessary to mention that I have a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome which impairs my ability… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      The majority of people worldwide (55%) have what colour eyes? 2.      Dr. Ken Walker and Mrs. Deb Walker are on this year’s Mayor’s List for their organization and promotion of what annual summer event in Bright’s Grove? 3.      Which Canadian comedian of TV and movie fame has created such characters as Ed Grimley and… Read more »

Sarnia curling club members to play U.S. nationals

Barry Wright The Sarnia Golf and Curling Club will be well represented at the USA National Curling Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan next month. Club members Emilia Juocys and Stephanie Senneker have qualified to compete at the national event in the Women’s division for Wisconsin-based Team Debbie McCormick, while Heath McCormick will compete in the Men’s… Read more »

Sarnia Sting hockey team sold

Barry Wright Rumours about the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting being sold have been flying around the community for months, but the sale is now official, pending league and municipal approval. Sting owners Rob and Larry Ciccarelli announced at a hastily called news conference Thursday that the team has been sold to former and current… Read more »

‘Amazing’ cerebral palsy camp could shut down

Tara Jeffrey An innovative summer camp shown to drastically improve the lives of children and youth with Cerebral Palsy is at risk of shutting its doors in Sarnia. “It’s touch and go every year — we just don’t know,” said Christa Maclaggan, secretary for the Southwestern Ontario Optimist Conductive Education program. Its hosts camps in… Read more »