High and dry

A powerboat that plowed into the beach near Canatara Park and slid about 35 feet (11 metres) up the sand has resulted in drunk driving charges against a Michigan man. On July 3, Sarnia Police arrived at an Andover Lane home to find beach chairs knocked askew and the 35-foot vessel resting on a grassy… Read more »

ATM machines coming to arenas

ATM machines will be coming soon to the RBC Centre, Sarnia Arena and Clearwater Arena. Sarnia has accepted a proposal from Direct Cash Payments Inc. in which the company will install and maintain the machines, and the city getting a commission of $1.50 per transaction. The agreement covers five years and the ATMs are expected… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1  – What was the name of the Lone Ranger’s horse? (Hint: a precious metal) 2  – Good Luck, Kandis! This Saturday, in her 91-kilometre “Legs for Lori” run from Sarnia to Grand Bend, Kandis Hodgins hopes to raise $10,000 for what local agency? 3  – Often associated with envy, what colour also shows the… Read more »

Weird cars: Sarnia couple share passion for unusual wheels

George Mathewson Sarnia’s Kenn and Donna Poore have been drawing a lot of startled looks lately. The self-described “gearheads” are the active owners of three wild and wonderful cars that are as much fun to operate as they are weird. Take, for example, their 1958 Vespa. Built in France by an Italian scooter company, the… Read more »

Solar farm still proposed for city airport

A company that wants to set up a six-acre solar farm at Sarnia’s airport will try, try again. The Ontario Power Authority did not approve EEDI Solar Projects’ initial request but it intends to reapply, city staff say. The proposal calls for solar panels to be erected on six acres of unused land on the… Read more »

Riverfront “boardwalk” now complete

Journal Staff It came in about 20% over budget but Sarnia’s new boardwalk is now complete. The Front Street walkway has been a fixture above historic Ferry Dock Hill for generations, but the timber structure hadn’t been replaced since 1991 and was warped and rotting. So last year city hall authorized $885,000 to take the… Read more »

Leo the paraplegic dog might walk again

Cathy Dobson There’s hope that a little dog found partially paralyzed on the far-off shores of Thailand may walk again thanks to the expertise of a Sarnia veterinarian. Leo, a two-year-old shepherd mix, has been getting around with the help of a doggie wheelchair since being fostered by Jamie Marilyn Smith. As Journal readers learned… Read more »

Then & Now: The downtown Zellers store

THEN: Walter P. Zeller launched his Canadian retailing empire in 1931 during the Great Depression, and one of his first 15 stores was in downtown Sarnia. This photo shows the storefront at 182 Front St. North in 1950, three years before its roofline adornments were obliterated by a tornado. The same block was also home… Read more »

Festival’s ‘poker run on water’ to aid art students

Journal Staff Area boaters will shuffle the deck for a good cause next month when a new event involving playing cards comes to Sarnia. Making Waves for Joanne is a poker run on water and a sidebar to the International Power Boat Festival. Participants in up to 75 boats will visit checkpoints and draw a… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of July 9

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 Thursday July 9 Cooking With Leafy Greens… Read more »