Waterfront art festival brings park to life

Cathy Dobson   Sometimes the greatest ideas come together by chance. Sandi Grimshaw was shopping one day and happened to bump into Jenny Greensmith, the executive director at Pathways Health Centre for Children. The two got talking and Greensmith mentioned she was looking around for a new fundraiser for the centre.  Grimshaw had 10 years’… Read more »

Launch of Bioamber plant signals new day in the Valley

George Mathewson When a small start-up company with powerful backers opened the largest plant of its kind on the planet in Sarnia last week it signalled a compass shift in the Chemical Valley. Bioamber Sarnia is using corn syrup – not petroleum – to make a sugar-like substance at the $186-million (CDN) facility on Vidal… Read more »

Is ‘Big Tom’ on the move again?

Journal Staff Now that the mystery of the old cannon in Canatara Park has finally been solved a scheme is afoot to move it. City council has endorsed a tentative plan to relocate “Big Tom” from the central field at Canatara to Veteran’s Park, beside Sarnia Library. A citizen group researching its history has confirmed… Read more »

New hospital CEO announced

Change at the top is coming to the largest public sector organization in Sarnia-Lambton. Bluewater Health has announced Mike Lapaine will become president and CEO on Jan. 1, giving him oversight of the hospitals in Sarnia and Petrolia. Currently vice-president of operations, Lapaine came to Bluewater Health in 2008 from the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance…. Read more »

Giving youth a voice

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound is inviting youth ages 15 to 20 to participate in a focus group to help shape the future of the community. The Aug. 18 event is an opportunity for young people to express what changes they’d like to see in Sarnia. Food will be provided during the focus group and a $10 Tim… Read more »

Hot August Nights draws big crowd

The centre field in Canatara Park was filled with classic vehicles and curious spectators for Hot August Nights on Thursday, Aug. 6. Hosted by Sarnia Street Machines, the cruise, concert and car show featured live bands and a barbecue by Pathway volunteers. Glenn Ogilvie

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Which controversial Canadian is known by the nickname “Grapes”? 2 – St. Pat’s grad Adam Mckinnon has played on what local gridiron team for the last ten seasons? 3 – What author was the first person to become a billionaire just by selling her books? (She then lost her billionaire status because she… Read more »

Loss of permanent blood clinic increases need

Tara Jeffrey When Lamar and Jessica Hanna give speeches on behalf of Canadian Blood Services, they always have four-month-old son Christopher in tow. “He’s a big part of our story, because if it weren’t for blood donors, I wouldn’t be here, and neither would he,” said Lamar Hanna, 32. It was just over a year… Read more »

Can Am Jam brings ‘straight ahead jazz’

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s George Delgrosso says he’s a lucky man. At 85 years old, he’s been able to pursue his passion for education, having served as Lambton College’s first president for a dozen years in the 1960s and ‘70s. He’s also had equal opportunity to pursue his love of music, particularly jazz. Born in the… Read more »