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Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – For 59 years – and until 2012 – Bazooka Joe Gum came wrapped in a tiny what? 2 – Opened officially last month, the Sarnia-Lambton Aktion Club is designed to allow what group of people to give back to their community by assisting at local events? 3 – The name of which North… Read more »

Developer’s downtown plans hit a snag

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s hopes and dreams of a major downtown redevelopment triggered by the recent purchase of the Bayside Mall have hit a snag. The scheduled closing dates on five properties on Christina and Lochiel streets have been delayed and the transactions are on hold. But developer Gordon Laschinger said delays are not unusual with… Read more »

Boys’ Home boys reveal inner life in art

Tara Jeffrey Young men at the Huron House Boys’ Home are showing off their artistic flare thanks to a new project brought forward by a Lambton College student. Katie Horvath, who has been placed at the Bright’s Grove facility as part of the social service worker program, wanted to experiment with art – as a… Read more »

New shipping season about to begin

With the Great Lakes navigation season set to resume March 21 with the reopening of the Welland Canal, workers are finishing up repairs to ships berthed at Sarnia Harbour for winter maintenance. Here, welder Adrian Espinola and fitter Bob Warnick of Algoma Central work on a massive rudder that steers the Canadian bulk carrier Algoma… Read more »

Oversized load corridor could hold key to high-paying jobs

George Mathewson Some 2,000-to-3,000 high-paying industrial jobs could be created if an oversize load corridor gets built in Sarnia-Lambton, a local official says. This area is home to a cluster of metal fabricating and manufacturing firms that make pressure vessels, heat exchangers and large industrial “modules.” But getting those oversize products to Sarnia Harbour and… Read more »

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca 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 »