SCITS not dead just yet

Cathy Dobson  “It is more than a building. It is the heart of this entire community,” Brook Freer-Wiles, south-end resident fighting to keep SCITS open. Emotions are riding high as the deadline nears for elected school trustees to vote on closing one of Sarnia’s high schools. A public meeting at SCITS last week drew about… Read more »

Week of March 27

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, March 16 Kids Cooking Twin Bridges… Read more »

Local Vietnamese association planned

Journal Staff Plans are underway to establish a Vietnamese-Canadian association in Sarnia. About 50 people attended a recent Vietnamese New Year celebration recently, held as a kick-off event to get the ball rolling, said Angela Vint, a settlement worker with the local YMCA Newcomer, Immigrant and Refugee Centre. “We wanted to see if there was… Read more »

War monument going ahead

An Afghanistan War memorial planned for Sarnia will go ahead despite Ottawa’s decision to cut funding for community war memorials. Half the money is already in hand and additional fundraising will cover the cost of the memorial and its ongoing upkeep, said Ron Prior, of the 1st Hussars Association. “We’re in good shape here. It’s… Read more »

Ups N’ Downs going Front to back

Cathy Dobson Another Victorian beauty in downtown Sarnia is showing off her original good looks. The 1970s-style cement boards have been stripped off the façade at 221 Christina St. North. The brickwork and stone windowsills are restored, and bright blues and terracotta brighten up the exterior. “We found early photos of the building from around… Read more »

A casting call for young filmmakers

Cathy Dobson Hot on the heels of last year’s success, the Lambton Film and Food Festival is hosting another workshop for high school students who want to make short films. And, like last year, it’s anticipated some of the students who attend will compete in the Lambton Youth Short Film contest. The first 60 students… Read more »

Things coming together for city musician

Cathy Dobson Getting exposure as a solo singer-songwriter in Sarnia can be tough, but John Pilat’s persistence is starting to pay off. “I feel like things are coming together now,” says Pilat who opened for Robb Sharp & Lit’l Chicago at The Imperial Oil Theatre last weekend. This Friday he performs at Paddy Flaherty’s. Pilat, 30,… Read more »

Expanding mental health services for kids

Pam Wright An initiative to improve access to mental health services for children will see an expansion of walk-in therapy clinics in Sarnia-Lambton. It’s part of an ambitious provincial plan to level the playing field for young people who need help — regardless of where they live. For the past two years, St. Clair Child… Read more »

Bouy oh bouy

Like robins and daffodils, the appearance of navigation buoys in the St. Clair River is a sure sign of spring. These ones at Sarnia Harbour were being lifted onto the Coast Guard ship Samuel Riley, a Canadian icebreaker and buoy tender. Glenn Ogilvie

Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What does a philatelist collect? 2 – For over six decades, Dorothy Dunne has done what at the Bethel Pentecostal Church? 3 – Counting this year, how many years have customers been enjoying the “Roll Up the Rim” feature at Tim Hortons? 4 – The 80-megawatt Sarnia Solar Farm owned by Enbridge generates… Read more »