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Roller Derby gals seek fresh blood

The Sarnia Roller Derby League is inviting newcomers to try one of the fastest growing sports in North America. “I like the alter ego that you become when you play,” says Dana Johnson, known as ‘Wild Child’ on the track. “How can you not have fun on roller skates? she asked. “Have you ever seen… Read more »

Lola’s chef flexes his mussels

The first time Mike Jacques donned a chef’s hat and coat, he was helping prepare food for a grand opening attended by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “I was a Grade 12 co-op student in the cafeteria at St. Francois Xavier high school the year it opened, and we made quiche for the mayor,” he recalls…. Read more »

Sarnia celebrates first 100 years in style

City Hall was a busy place last week when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. The birthday party featured a cake-cutting, the St. Clair marching band and school choir, a town crier and a trio of centenarians. Children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and… Read more »

Coronation Park dodges bullet, for now

Coronation Park Day Nursery has been given a three-week reprieve. Lambton County councillors agreed last week to postpone a decision on closing the popular but money-losing facility until June 4. County staff have advised shutting down the Oak Avenue day care because it’s running a $1.1-million deficit. But a coalition of staff and parents quickly… Read more »

Sitara’s Indian cuisine made with tandoor oven care

It’s been a challenge for Manjit Singh to find a chef to prepare authentic Indian cuisine at his Sitara Indian Cuisine restaurant. Luckily, the full-time health specialist is also talented in the kitchen. “I truly believed from day one that if I wanted to run a restaurant, I’d have to be very involved,” says Singh,… Read more »

Bailey Toyota’s $4 million expansion

Brian Bailey, president of Bailey Toyota on Confederation, sits in temporary office quarters and marvels at the ongoing reconstruction work at his dealership. His office these days is in the new service area that was built just before Bailey and his sales staff needed to move and make way for demolition at the front of… Read more »

Centennial baby

Liliana Parker was born at Bluewater Health on May 7, exactly 100 years after Sarnia became a city. The Centennial baby is seen here with dad Brian, mom Jessie-Lee and brother Freddie. Bluewater Health photo

How The Sarnia Journal works

Today marks the 10th edition of The Sarnia Journal, which is something of a milestone for your local independent newspaper. When we set out two months ago our stated goal was to connect with the community by producing interesting stories and photography that matter to the people of Sarnia, Bright’s Grove, Point Edward and Corunna…. Read more »

No fear, all cheer at girls athletics club

Many who visit Sarnia for the first time come away with the opinion that this area is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. From a local sports and recreation standpoint, the same might be said of Bluewater Cheer Athletics. Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse in a part of town known more for grit than… Read more »

Happy birthday to us

City Hall was a busy place Wednesday when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. Here, children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and Day Care sing O Canada and happy birthday in Anishinaabwmowin. Looking on are Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Lt. Governor of Ontario… Read more »