First in the pool

Ten swimmers from the Sarnia Y Rapids 1 team had first-place finishes at the second-last SEAL meet of the season in Leamington. From left are: front row: Clara Ybema, 8, Grace Wallace, 9, Margaret McIntosh, 9, Joshua Peterson, 6, and Ryan Bastow, 10; back row: Emmanuel deGuzman, 11, Lauren Armstrong, 11, Diane Clarke, 17, Gabrion… Read more »

SPCA launches new animal welfare campaign

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has launched an advocacy campaign to get people involved in shaping new animal welfare legislation. The provincial agency will soon halt enforcement of animal cruelty laws after the Supreme Court ruled in January the province’s current legislation is unconstitutional. Sarnia Police have said their officers are busy enough without… Read more »

Marinaro caps great figure skating season with bronze

Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers capped their tremendous figure skating season with a bronze medal in pairs at the World Team Trophy. Their third-place finish last week was the Canadian team’s best result at the ISU event in Japan. In the team event, skaters compete in their disciplines with short and free programs…. Read more »

Imperial Oil tower collapse investigation continues

Imperial Oil continues to investigate the cause of a tower collapse at the Sarnia refinery on April 2. Two huge ‘crawler’ cranes were brought into the plant last week to lift and reduce the load from the 15-story tower, which fell from its base inside the property line on Vidal Street. No one was injured… Read more »

Arenacross Action

Round 3 of the 2019 Rockstar Energy Arenacross Tour touches down Saturday, April 27 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Returnees include last year’s winner and local hero Cole Thompson, seen here, who went on to win the entire cross-country Triple Crown Series and the $100,000 prize purse. Gates to the pit party open at… Read more »

Council welcomes new CAO Chris Carter

Sarnia’s CAO received a resounding endorsement from city council at his first public meeting last week. Councillors voted unanimously to approve a bylaw officially recognizing Chris Carter as the city’s chief administrative officer. The unusual request for a recorded bylaw vote came from Coun. Mike Stark and made clear council’s support for Carter, who began… Read more »

United Way supports tax clinics with venture grant

The United Way is supporting an income tax service that helps ensure low-income residents receive government benefits. The clinics, run by the Inn of the Good Shepherd, are getting a $28,000 venture grant, used to help new and innovative programs. For the 2017 tax year, the Inn’s clinics helped e-file more than 2,900 returns for… Read more »

For itinerant golf pro, it’s have driver, will travel

Troy Shantz A golf pro who travels the world teaching the game he loves has landed in Bright’s Grove. Gordon Crossman has worked as an instructor in 20 different countries over the past half-century, as well as managing, consulting and even helping design golf courses. “I’ve done everything in the business,” said Crossman, 76, who… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What word describes a person who uses his or her right hand and left hand equally well?   2 – New spectator bleachers, washrooms and a concession area are part of the upgrades at the Stan Slack baseball field at what city park?   3 – Name three of the four colours that… Read more »