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Doggone it: Humane Society ran out of pooches

Cathy Dobson   For the first time in memory, the kennels at the Sarnia and District Humane Society fell silent recently. “We had no dogs here for two days. Everyone was adopted out,” executive director Donna Pyette said. “It’s never happened before, as far as we know.” Long-term staff who have worked for 30 years at… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal’s trivia challenge

1 – The logo of what Canadian chain of stores is an inverted red triangle? 2 – What type of fish, weighing 16.69 kilograms and one of the biggest ever caught, did Sarnian Patrick Surdyka recently catch at Bridgeview Marina? 3 – In literature, where were Geoffrey Chaucer”s pilgrims going? 4 – Pals with Paws is… Read more »

Crossed up

Workers from Imperial Roofing secure the damaged cross atop St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, moments before Mammoet Crane lifted it to the ground beside Christina Street today. The cross was bent over by fierce storm winds that also broke trees, damaged roofs and stripped the top from the Duc d’Orleans cruise ship on July 18. Officials… Read more »

Sarnia Oktoberfest: Strike up the accordion and break out the lederhosen

Cathy Dobson Hot on the heels of a very successful Beer Show during Artwalk, plans are under way to hold Sarnia’s first downtown Oktoberfest. “We were really surprised when the Beer Show brought in about 1,500 people over two days,” said Chris Lewis of Storyboard Cultural Community Endeavors. That’s the non-profit group that organizes The… Read more »

Family hour

Enjoying a restful moment beside the St. Clair River are, from left, Alexandra Smith and her daughters Tamara and Leah, and Alexandra’s mother Catherina Wynberg, of London, along with family dogs Tanner and Georgia. Catherina, who grew up by the North Sea, said, “It’s very calming to sit by the river.” Glenn Ogilvie

Here come the judges

Downtown light standards have been decorated with a banner designed by local artist Allen Joseph in preparation for International Communities in Bloom judges, who are coming to inspect Sarnia July 26-29. Sarnia is up against Chatham-Kent Zlin Czech Republic, Antalya Turkey (non competitive) and Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea (non competitive) in the International Challenge. Local… Read more »

WHAT’S HAPPENING, Week of July 23

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 Friday July 24 Quit Smoking Rapids Family… Read more »

Someone to lean on: Program offering pre-teen girls good role models about to expand

Tara Jeffrey Ashleagh White has a long list of favourites when it comes to the Girls Mentoring Program she attended through Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. “The cooking, the movies, the mini-putt, the food…” the bubbly 12-year-old counts on her fingers. “The stories people told… it was just nice to hang out.” White was one of 13 girls… Read more »