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Crossed up

Workers from Imperial Roofing secure the damaged cross atop St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, moments before Mammoet Crane lifted it to the ground beside Christina Street today. The cross was bent over by fierce storm winds that also broke trees, damaged roofs and stripped the top from the Duc d’Orleans cruise ship on July 18. Officials… Read more »

Sarnia Oktoberfest: Strike up the accordion and break out the lederhosen

Cathy Dobson Hot on the heels of a very successful Beer Show during Artwalk, plans are under way to hold Sarnia’s first downtown Oktoberfest. “We were really surprised when the Beer Show brought in about 1,500 people over two days,” said Chris Lewis of Storyboard Cultural Community Endeavors. That’s the non-profit group that organizes The… Read more »

Family hour

Enjoying a restful moment beside the St. Clair River are, from left, Alexandra Smith and her daughters Tamara and Leah, and Alexandra’s mother Catherina Wynberg, of London, along with family dogs Tanner and Georgia. Catherina, who grew up by the North Sea, said, “It’s very calming to sit by the river.” Glenn Ogilvie

Here come the judges

Downtown light standards have been decorated with a banner designed by local artist Allen Joseph in preparation for International Communities in Bloom judges, who are coming to inspect Sarnia July 26-29. Sarnia is up against Chatham-Kent Zlin Czech Republic, Antalya Turkey (non competitive) and Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea (non competitive) in the International Challenge. Local… Read more »

WHAT’S HAPPENING, Week of July 23

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 Friday July 24 Quit Smoking Rapids Family… Read more »

Someone to lean on: Program offering pre-teen girls good role models about to expand

Tara Jeffrey Ashleagh White has a long list of favourites when it comes to the Girls Mentoring Program she attended through Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. “The cooking, the movies, the mini-putt, the food…” the bubbly 12-year-old counts on her fingers. “The stories people told… it was just nice to hang out.” White was one of 13 girls… Read more »

Two more solar energy projects planned

Two more large-scale solar energy projects are proposed for St. Clair Township. A public meeting was held in Corunna last week for BlueEarth Renewables Inc., which wants install arrays of solar panels on both sides of Highway 40, between LaSalle Line and Petrolia Line The 13-megawatt operation would be located on land owned by Pembina… Read more »

In the berry patch

Meghan Blaythe, of Sarnia, is one of about 10 seasonal workers at Macklin’s Farm Produce making sure shelves are full of fresh produce. The St. Patrick’s High School grad and future engineering student at McMaster University is seen here picking raspberries, one of a number of pick-your-own fruit and vegetables now in season. Glenn Ogilive

One area reopened, two to go in Centennial Park reclamation

Cathy Dobson With the unsightly fence down and residents once again enjoying the north end of Centennial Park, city staff are preparing for the next step in the park’s reclamation – the demolition of the aging Dow People Place. Residents and tourists took back the large piece of the waterfront greenspace last week, more than… Read more »

Damaging storm on Saturday

Lightning strikes from a storm that rolled across Sarnia-Lambton Saturday afternoon damaged trees and buildings and left more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power. With a temperature hitting 31 C. and humidity readings soaring health officials issued a heat alert. Many residents headed to the beach in Sarnia and Bright’s Grove and sought alternative… Read more »