Rolling on the river: Powerboat festival expected to draw 30,000

Journal Staff Organizers of Sarnia’s largest festival say they have a few new tricks up their sleeve this summer, but two things won’t change. The International Powerboat Festival will be geared to families, and virtually everything but the concerts will be free of charge, said co-organizer Michele Stokley. “It’s absolutely family-friendly. We’re even expanding the… Read more »

Sarnia woman is runner-up at Miss Universe pageant

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Michelle McKay came oh-so-close to representing Canada at the Miss Universe pageant. The 25-year-old teacher was first runner-up at the Miss Universe Canada event, held May 23 in Toronto. She lost out to Paola Nunez of Toronto, who advances to the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant, at a location yet to be… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of June 11

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, June 10 Church Anniversary On its… Read more »

Boy’s generous gift to help other kids play hockey

Cathy Dobson The phone call made Ted Pendle’s day. “In all the years of being with the Sarnia Hockey Association, this was the first time I had a call like this,” says the association’s long-time board member. It was Greg Robinson on the line, dad to 11-year-old Ethan Robinson. He told Pendle that Ethan had… Read more »

The taxman cometh

City hall has issued the final residential property tax bills for 2015. Residential owners who haven’t received a notice by June 12 should contact city hall to avoid penalty and interest charges. The first installment of the tax bill is due June 29 and the second installment on Aug. 28. For more, call city hall… Read more »

Pan Am torch relay itinerary

Journal Staff The flame from the Pan Am Games will arrive in Sarnia on Tuesday, June 16. The official ceremony takes place outside city hall, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and includes coffee and playing of the national anthem. A street-level relay will leave city hall at 9:20 a.m. and arrive at the Sarnia Athletics Southwest… Read more »

Ribfest organizers planning another grate event

Cathy Dobson Rib and music lovers unite! The 17th annual Sarnia Ribfest is set to entertain the entire family on Father’s Day weekend, June 19 – 21, with new attractions, seven rib teams, 10 bands and a free kids’ zone. This Ribfest will be a little different from previous years, says organizer Dana Piggott. The… Read more »

Lambton Mosaic Project accepting submissions

The Lambton Mosaic Project is now accepting submissions following an official launch in Point Edward last week. The project will result in a map displaying artistic and literary contributions from Lambton’s 11 municipalities and three First Nations, including drawings, paintings, photos, poems, crafts, and short stories. An unveiling is planned for July 1, 2017. The… Read more »

Sarnia’s summer waterfront concert series lineup

  The 26th annual concert series has returned with a diverse line-up of live entertainment. All shows take place at the bandshell in Canatara Park and begin at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free, but donations accepted to support city waterfront programs: June 10, Mark Blayney June 11, Hour Glass June 15, Borderline June 16, Keith… Read more »

West Nile watch

The annual surveillance of dead birds has begun to help track West Nile virus this year. The public is encouraged to report all dead birds found by calling 519-383-3824, ext. 3824, or online at Health officials can’t collect every bird, but some adult crows and blue jays, dead less than 24 hours, may be… Read more »