Couple brings restaurant back from the brink

Cathy Dobson   In two short years, a local couple has transformed a struggling East Side Mario’s franchise into a big winner. Brie and Steele Leacock earned the title of national Franchisee of the Year for 2015, which recognizes the London Road eatery as the best of 86 East Side Mario’s in Canada. The restaurant… Read more »

New hand ready to steer Victim Services

Pam Wright Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton has found a new leader. Samantha Matty assumes the post of executive director on March 30, filling a seat left vacant by the resignation of long-time director Colleen Sim. It’s a big job. The organization provides emotional — and practical — support to people traumatized by crime and tragedy…. Read more »

Memorial sites vandalized

Connie George, of Kettle Point, wears a mask while removing pink spray paint from the First Nations Souls Memorial at the Blue Water Bridge. The OPP are investigating after vandals raised the ire of the community by defacing the memorial, a nearby commemorate plaque, the park and walls at he Point Edward casino on March… Read more »

Resident scammed of $20,000

Sarnians continue to be duped by the CRA scam. City police recently took a report from a resident who was called by someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency. The victim was told more than $2,000 were owed in back taxes, and if the resident didn’t pay up an arrest warrant would be… Read more »

Accessible taxi

An accessible taxi service in now available in Sarnia. United Taxi’s accessible cab is on the road operating between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. It operates like a regular taxi, not a shuttle service, and can be seen on the street taking regular fares, city hall said.    

Storage space needed for NeighbourLink

A volunteer group that provides with good used beds to families in need needs a little help itself right now. NeighbourLink Sarnia-Lambton has used space at Christ Lutheran Church at no cost to house donated beds and bedding, but the church recently partnered with Lambton Christian School and the space is needed for classrooms. As… Read more »

City planners back SCITS

Journal Staff Residents fighting to save SCITS from closure have found an ally in city hall planners. A city report released last week states that if the Lambton Kent District School Board must axe a high school, St. Clair (SCSS) is a better choice. “On balance, the SCSS site offers great opportunities for redevelopment, and… Read more »

Strategic Plan feedback sought

  City Hall wants your feedback. Sarnia is currently working on a new Strategic Plan, a document that will outline the direction and priorities for city council for years to come. Residents can visit to review the draft plan, complete an online survey, or e-mail with input. Hard copies of the survey are… Read more »

Toll rising on Blue Water Bridge

It will cost more to use the Blue Water Bridge starting April 1. Crossing in a car from Point Edward to Port Huron will cost $4 in Canadian funds, a 50-cent increase. If you pay in U.S. funds the toll will remain unchanged at $3.50, the Federal Bridge Corporation said last week. A decline in… Read more »