Teacher layoff total not as severe as initially feared

Troy Shantz The public school board will lay off 11 elementary and 18 high school teachers for the coming school years, fewer job losses than initially feared. The Lambton Kent District School Board issued 111 layoff notices in April following a general, province-wide funding announcement. But after receiving more specific details in late May the… Read more »

Free summer concert series music to the ears of Sarnians

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s parks and rec calendar is jammed with free concerts this summer, including 40 local bands performing at four different parks. About 70 musical acts of all genres applied to be part of the Sarnia Summer Entertainment Series, says rec director Rachel Veilleux. About 10 of those chosen had never participated before. “The interest… Read more »

Hurdler wins 2nd OFSAA medal

Jaelyn Cole of Northern Collegiate won a bronze medal in the junior girls 300-metre hurdles at the all-Ontario high school track and field championships, repeating her success of a year ago when won bronze as a midget. Cole is seen here competing in the 80-metre sprint hurdles at this year’s OFSAAs in Guelph. Bruce Smith,… Read more »

Point Edward Pacers downed again in lacrosse action

The Point Edward Pacers continue to struggle this season in the Ontario Junior B lacrosse league. The Pacers were trounced by the visiting Windsor Clippers 21-8 last week, stretching their winless streak to eight games. Nevertheless, the Pacers and the London Blue Devils remained tied for second in the league’s far west division with eight… Read more »

City’s first ‘Tampon Tuesday’ a success

Nearly 500 menstrual hygiene products were collected at Sarnia’s first Tampon Tuesday. Donations received at the May 28 event were distributed to women in need through the Inn of the Good Shepherd, organizer Michelle Parks said in a release. The first in a series of monthly events was held at the St. Clair Corporate Centre… Read more »

Lambton Lions land prep school basketball star

The Lambton Lions men’s basketball team added some firepower to its lineup last week. Kameron David is joining the Lions after making a name for himself at the Father Henry Carr prep school in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association. The six-foot guard from Brampton was also a two-time all-star in Peel Region while attending David… Read more »

Provincial funding boost for local festivals

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey recently announced nearly $218,000 in funding to support local tourism events in Sarnia-Lambton, through the Celebrate Ontario program. Three festivals and events received a funding boost, including $42,517 to the third annual Bluewater Borderfest, happening Aug. 8-11 at Centennial Park, as well as $19,260 to the South Western International Film Festival… Read more »

Replacement hired for Sarnia’s former planning director

Sarnia has hired a new senior administrator to oversee planning, building and bylaw enforcement. When she starts on July 8, Stacey Forfar will have the title of director of Community Development Services and Standards, and also manage economic development for the city. She replaces Alan Shaw, former director of Planning, Building and Bylaw Enforcement, who… Read more »

Sarnia Braves dethrone visiting Strathroy Royals

The Sarnia Braves defeated the visiting Strathroy Royals 8-6 to climb above .500 on the Southwestern Senior Baseball league season last week. Pitcher Wade Babula threw six innings and struck out six and the Braves’ offence delivered 8 runs on 10 hits to take a commanding 8-1 lead by the fifth. The Royals managed to… Read more »