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Sarnia’s battle with addiction gets $1M boost

Deborah Hook, left, project manager, withdrawal management services at Bluewater Health, shares a lighter moment with Judith Alix following the announcement of a $1 million donation to the hospital foundation from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation. Cathy Dobson What Norm Alix and his family witnessed at Bluewater Health’s ER convinced the late Sarnia philanthropist… Read more »

Standoff ends peacefully

Officers with Sarnia Police’s Emergency Response Team surround an apartment in the 100 block of Brock Street Tuesday, where a man being sought by police barricaded himself inside a second floor unit. The standoff lasted more than 10 hours, with the area closed off for several hours while negotiations took place. The man, 32, surrendered… Read more »

Sarnia tornado one of many challenges for class of ‘54

In June of 1954, twenty-one young women crossed the SCITS Auditorium stage to receive pins and diplomas from the Sarnia General Hospital School of Nursing. Five members of that graduating class are deceased and three live in nursing homes. But a remarkable nine of the 13 others are coming from far and wide for a… Read more »

Saints ‘Playing it Forward’

The Sarnia Saints Women’s Rugby team was no match for Stratford on June 7 when they drubbed the visitors 105 to 0 on home turf. The saints scored 13 tries in the first half and six more in the second. Here, Arlene VanReenen shrugs off a defender at Norm Perry Park. The women Saints return… Read more »

OPINION: Our old hospital in General terms

A multi-party logjam that turned the once-proud Sarnia General Hospital building into a derelict eyesore may be about to break. With a prospective buyer in the wings, Sarnia council voted last week to begin a process that could finally see the city-owned land sold and redeveloped. It couldn’t come at a better time. Sarnia owns… Read more »

New life for stately old home

One of central Sarnia’s grand old mansions is being restored by a local realtor with an innovative leasing concept in mind. Mary Ann Raaymakers bought the imposing red brick house at 329 Mackenzie St. in March and launched a $200,000 renovation with the help of local contractor Jordan Parker. “This is a house with good… Read more »

Homeless Jesus: Sculpture unveiled as shelter closes

Any city councillors already squeamish about forcing River City to close its homeless shelter will find no solace in Sarnia’s newest piece of street art. “Homeless Jesus” depicts a shrouded figure curled on a park bench. It appeared Sunday in front of River City Vineyard after the church obeyed a court order and closed it… Read more »

Sarnia high schoolers star at all-Ontario track meet

Seven Sarnia athletes won nine medals at the Ontario high school track and field championships last week. Sebastian Smith of Northern Collegiate and Cole Campbell of Alexander Mackenzie Secondary was each a double medalist, but a bronze won by Cormac Brown was perhaps the most compelling story. The St. Patrick’s High School long jumper had… Read more »

Sting make changes at the top

The new president of the Sarnia Sting wants the franchise to reconnect with the community. Bill Abercrombie made the comment at a news conference at the Hive Bar and Grill at the RBC Centre to announce his appointment, as well as the appointment of Nick Sinclair as team general manager. “We will continue our school… Read more »

Hammin’ it up at Ribfest

Madison Brooks, left, and Braeden Price of Boss Hogs BBQ ham it up at the grill during Sarnia’s Ribfest on Friday, June 13. The event at Hiawatha Horse Park featured a full slate of ribbers, a midway and four days of free music concerts. – Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal