Gypsy moth spraying expected to begin this week

Troy Shantz The on-again, off-again gypsy moth spray program is expected to begin this week, depending on the weather and development of moth larvae, City Hall says. Spraying with a biological insecticide was to begin May 15, then May 20. City council met Friday via teleconference specifically to overturn its April decision to spray, then… Read more »

Bio-based agricultural co-operative ceasing operations

Journal Staff A farmer-owned co-operative based in Sarnia and created to develop new markets for agricultural crop waste is shutting down. The Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative had 118 growers signed up with 30,000 acres committed to providing corn stovers and wheat straw for bio-industrial uses. It received support from the federal and provincial governments, Bioindustrial… Read more »

Virus claims life of sixth city nursing home resident

Journal Staff COVID-19 has claimed the life of another resident at Vision Nursing Home, Lambton Public Health said this morning. In addition, one more residents of the Sarnia long-term care has tested positive. Six residents have died and 22 infected since the outbreak began April 23. Another 19 staff members have tested positive. The 41… Read more »

Lambton student art show takes on new dimension

Cathy Dobson   From live music and theatre, to art shows and exhibitions, COVID-19 has derailed so many community arts events. But one local tradition is still going forward, thanks to some volunteer ingenuity at Gallery in the Grove. The Lambton County Student Art Show has been held every year since the 1960s.  It’s had such… Read more »

Businesses slowly reopening

Jonah Schaller rounds up plants recently for a customer order at Praill’s Greenhouse on Blackwell Road. After giving garden centres the green light earlier, Ontario allowed golf courses and marinas to open on Saturday, followed by many retails stores and construction projects on Tuesday. Like other businesses, Praill’s has taken necessary steps to protect customers… Read more »

Can I walk on the beach? A guide to what’s open and closed in Sarnia’s great outdoors

Journal Staff As Ontario begins lifting restrictions local residents have been left with a confusing mix of opening and closings at local parks, sports fields and outdoor areas. To help clarify, the City of Sarnia has offered the following: In general, picnic sites, benches, and shelters in parks and recreational areas are now open, provided… Read more »

Bluewater Health operating at fraction of capacity, awaiting second wave

Troy Shantz Bluewater Health is seeing one-fifth its normal patient caseload and is currently treating just a handful of COVID-19 cases, but it still won’t be resuming normal operations anytime soon. Having the resources are in place in case a second wave of the disease sweeps through Sarnia-Lambton is the hospital’s chief priority, said CEO… Read more »