Couples step up for Dancing with the Stars

Cathy Dobson Stephanie Chaves says her only dancing expertise comes from watching Dancing with the Stars on TV. “I haven’t actually danced since I took ballet when I was five,” says the local radio news anchor. “Apparently I have bad balance.” Yet she and Sarnia Zumba instructor Brian Slaughter have worked diligently on two dance… Read more »

Mild weather extends fishing season

The late appearance of ice on the Great Lakes has allowed local anglers to extend the shoreline fishing season this winter. Here, Andy Boychuk, of Camlachie, fishes for rainbow trout with about a dozen others near the water filtration plant, where Lake Huron enters the St. Clair River. Glenn Ogilvie

New bosses at Bluewater Health

Half of the six executive leaders at Bluewater Health are retiring, and their replacements have now all been confirmed. Shannon Landry is moving here from Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ont. to replace Barb O’Neil as the Chief Nursing Executive. And Laurie Zimmer is leaving the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network to assume… Read more »

Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What name is given to marine crustaceans that attach themselves to the bottom of ships? 2 – According to Environment Canada, how much higher was Lake Huron last month compared to its level two years ago (within 10 centimetres)? 3 – How do you write 2016 in Roman numerals? 4 – This Saturday’s… Read more »

Welcome to Canada: Sarnia’s first refugee family finds peace

Tara Jeffrey Raghad Al-Khaleel gently picks up a piece of chalk and begins writing. Her tiny eight-year-old fingers slowly complete “Thank you Kanada,” before big sister Rooa, 10, rubs out the “K” with her wrist and places it with a “C.” Decked in blue jeans and braids, they’re in a classroom at Sarnia’s YMCA Learning… Read more »

Fun is the goal of new women ‘sisterhood’

Tara Jeffrey Ellan Dickieson is hoping ‘Sarnia’s Little Women’ will grow to be a successful meeting ground for the 20-and-30-something crowd in the area. “I’m new to Sarnia, and am just trying to get involved in the community,” said the 29-year-old PEI native, who moved to Sarnia with her partner in June. “I thought it… Read more »

Couple hoping ‘media boxes’ are the next big thing

Cathy Dobson   Richard and Melanie Marhue say they have a knack for getting in on the ground floor of the next best thing. That’s why they jumped at the opportunity to distribute media boxes for Red Rhino, a Toronto-based company launched in 2014. “I saw Red Rhino boxes at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)… Read more »

Week of Jan. 7

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 Wednesday, Jan. 6 Gentle Yoga Classes offered… Read more »

Growth of cineSarnia sets reel milestone

Cathy Dobson Sarnians love their movies. That’s quality movies, many of them Canadian, that aren’t necessarily shown in mainstream theatres. How do I know? My best indicator is the overwhelming success of cineSARNIA, which moving into its 21st year and selling more tickets than ever. The most recent cineSARNIA film was Learning To Drive starring… Read more »

New series to start next week in The Journal

Starting next week, The Journal will begin publishing a selection of stories drawn from a new collaborative project known as the Year of Local. The initiative is bringing together a team of writers, photographers and designers who intend to highlight some of the local businesses and not-for-profit organizations that make Sarnia unique. The goal is… Read more »