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Northern’s basketball champions

Northern’s basketball champions Northern Collegiate became the 2015 Lambton-Kent high school senior girls basketball champions by downing St. Patrick’s High School 50-31 in the league’s all-Sarnia final. From left are, front row, Claire Dechet, Meghan Jackson, Skyla Minnaker, Marissa Mara, Sam Brimmer and Abby Whiteye. Back row, Coach Mark Woodhouse, Coach Lindsey Nield, Avery Bathe-Minard,… Read more »

City eyes cuts to staff benefits

George Mathewson Sparks are expected to fly when Sarnia councillors begin tapping at the divisive issue of staff benefits next month. Faced with a dismal budget forecast, senior administrators have recommending cutting health benefits of employees who retire early after Aug. 1 of 2016. Early retirees and their spouses are currently eligible to have 100%… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In personal ads, what does the abbreviation SOH mean? 2 – The YMCA recently awarded Thea deGroot, Christian Goulet and Brian and June DeWagner what type of medallions for making a positive difference in our community? 3 – The title of the recently released James Bond movie is also the name of what… Read more »

The wild history of the Riverport Tavern

Kip Cuthbert The building known today as the Riverport Tavern dates back to 1886, when it opened as the bank of the fledgling Alpha Oil Co. The company had been founded by Thurston G. Hall, a chemist who convinced a group of U.S. millionaires to buy up the old Dominion Oil refinery to produce a… Read more »

Metal in the kettle

Frieda Kobler drops a donation in a kettle while Salvation Army member Margo Brett and co-ordinator Laura Raiger offer thanks at the Christmas Red Kettle campaign kick-off at the Great Canadian Superstore last week. Money deposited in the familiar red kettles goes directly to the Salvation Army’s food bank and family services. The local agency… Read more »

Sets, buds and Rock n’ Roll for Christmas

Cathy Dobson Dave Chaulk jokes that rehearsals for this year’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas have taken four months, “but really it’s been about 30 years.” Many local musicians in the show have been performing for decades, he explains.  “I just can’t believe the talent.” This year’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas on Dec. 18 and 19… Read more »

Is Sarnia’s brain drain finally ending?

Cathy Dobson Young people who leave the city to attend college and university are increasingly returning to their hometown, says Shauna Carr, executive director of the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board. “A lot are coming back. They are coming back to raise their families and buy homes, and they are bringing their friends,” Carr said… Read more »

Week of Nov. 26

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca Wednesday, Nov. 25 Foodgrains Bank Teacher Colleen… Read more »

Homegrown soprano joining ISO Christmas show

Journal Staff Sarnians can get an early jump on the holiday season when the International Symphony Orchestra presents it annual Christmas celebration, A Child is Born. The Dec. 5 show at Bethel Church features acclaimed Canadian soprano and Petrolia native Erica Warder, who will join the symphony and the symphony singers under the baton of… Read more »