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Indiefest turns spotlight on local talent

Sarnia’s homegrown talent showcase for new and emerging bands returns with a vengeance on June 28. Indiefest is both a Battle of the Bands spread over three Saturdays and a Youth Talent Showcase. ”Sarnia needs an outlet for the vast talent of independent bands, somewhere for people to have a great time and discover amazing… Read more »

Malcolm in the middle

No less a figure than Malcolm Cameron was on hand at London Road School for a history lesson and tree planting recently. The city founder is seen here with Tyvayon McGann and Victoria Hunter. About 170 childen watched as an autumn blaze maple tree was dedicated for Sarnia’s centennial celebration. Cameron was played by Nick… Read more »

Sarnia call centre closed

The Sun Media call centre in Sarnia has closed. A former employee told The Journal that a representative from Sun Media corporate walked into the facility in the Bayside Mall on Friday and “told everyone to disconnect.” The manager said their positions were being outsourced to an offshore location, and that the classified centre would… Read more »

Plenty of wow at Aamjiwnaang Powwow

Addyson White, 7, receives help from her mom Shannon White while preparing for a traditional dance at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s Powwow on Saturday, June 21. The 53rd annual event also featured native foods, crafts and music at the remodelled Powwow Grounds and facilities in Bear Park. Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

Young green thumb

While other 10-year-olds are playing video games Sarnia’s Cole Beselaere is growing tomatoes. The St. Thomas Aquinas student has developed a hobby business growing vegetables, flowers and even trees from seed, and spends his spare time in the garden pulling weeds. One day recently he made $140. Cathy Dobson

Young Sarnians build Habitat home

An unlikely partnership between a group of Sarnia teens and an immigrant family from the Congo culminated Thursday in an emotional celebration on the front lawn of the Esengi family’s new home on Maple Avenue. “This is the first home we’ve owned in Canada and, when I die, it means I have something to leave… Read more »

Car show keeps on truckin’

Canatara Park will merge with Memory Lane on Sunday, June 22 when Sarnia Street Machines host the 24th annual Cruise in The Park Classic Car Show. More than 450 gleaming classic vehicles will be on display including roadsters, coupes, hot rods and muscle cars. “It’s a very colourful events with everything there you could imagine,”… Read more »

West Nile virus bird surveillance

In an effort to monitor West Nile virus the public is encouraged to report all dead birds to Lambton Public Health. In some cases, adult crows and blue jays dead for less than 24 hours may be considered for testing. Using gloves, double-bag the bird in plastic and report it. Those not considered for testing… Read more »

Point Edward eyes its own ‘First Friday’

POINT EDWARD – Local restaurateur Okan Zeytinglu wants to develop a major cultural and entertainment event once a month in the village’s commercial area, much like First Fridays in downtown Sarnia. “We could have Third Saturday, or something like that, to draw a ton of people down here and help all the local businesses,” he… Read more »

Sarnia’s battle with addiction gets $1M boost

Deborah Hook, left, project manager, withdrawal management services at Bluewater Health, shares a lighter moment with Judith Alix following the announcement of a $1 million donation to the hospital foundation from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation. Cathy Dobson What Norm Alix and his family witnessed at Bluewater Health’s ER convinced the late Sarnia philanthropist… Read more »