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 »

Pool winners

Nine members of the Sarnia Rapids swim team had one or more top-three finishes at a meet at Hamilton’s McMaster University recently. From left are, back row: Caleb Wiersma (3 gold, 2 silver), Maddison Hawryluk (3 gold, 1 silver), Jack Girardi (4 gold, 1 silver), Sarah Visser (1 gold, 1 silver), Kayla Marshall (1 gold,… Read more »

Support available for teens suffering loss of loved one

Tara Jeffrey Experiencing the loss of a loved one is hard — especially for teenagers — whose grief is often overlooked, says Katie Joosten. “We know that teens’ schedules are busy with school, friends, after-school activities, jobs and family,” said the program manager at St. Joseph’s Hospice, where a new grief support group for teens… Read more »

Lambton Mall store repurposed as police training centre

Troy Shantz Sarnia Police says their new training facility at the Lambton Mall will be among the best in Southern Ontario. The former Tepperman’s store is being renovated into an 8,500-square-foot centre expected to open this fall. “In today’s era of policing, you simply cannot have a professional police force without a facility to train… Read more »

Letters: week of April 18

Come on, people. It’s a paper bag. Fight your way out of it   Sir: We’ve been watching for the barrage of expected complaints regarding the mandatory use of paper bags for leaf pick-up starting July 1. It amazes us how quickly some residents are compelled to defend their lack of imagination. They should try… Read more »

Downtown’s new Blue Line pub honours first responders

Cathy Dobson One of downtown’s most beautifully restored historic buildings is opening this week as The Blue Line Pub & Lounge. It will be a new sports bar, welcoming the public and honouring first responders with discounts and a display of emergency professionals’ hats and shoulder patches. Owner Tracey Moore Mamak and husband Paul Mamak… Read more »

Veteran actor has a plateful in topical play, The Cake

Cathy Dobson It’s not every day a character as layered as The Cake’s Della comes along. “I read the script for the first time and thought, ‘Oh, my God, Della is me, except for the homophobia,” says Sarnia’s Ruth Francoeur, cast as the lead in the upcoming Theatre Forty Two production of The Cake. The… Read more »