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Winterkill leaves gardeners cold

Property owners in Sarnia are watching anxiously to see if their trees, bushes and flowers bounce back after a long harsh winter. Depending on whom you speak to, we are three to six weeks behind schedule in the growing season and a devastating amount of winterkill is evident across the region. Just ask Jeff Barrschers…. Read more »

Blood donors save pharmacist’s life

Sarnia pharmacist Lamar Hanna was at work when he began feeling unwell. It was shortly after Super Bowl Sunday and he brushed it off as fatigue. “But I knew something was weird because I don’t normally get headaches,” said Hanna, 30, who together with wife Jessica are the pharmacist-owners of Centrepoint IDA Pharmacy. “This was… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of May 15

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.  Wednesday, May 14 Lawn Bowling Newcomers can try their hand at lawn… Read more »

Mural, mural on the wall

In the year of Sarnia’s 100th anniversary celebration a key heritage display is in dire need of repair. City officials say the enormous mural on the north-facing exterior wall of Grace Brothers Antiques will come down permanently if $20,000 can’t be found to fix it. “From a community standpoint, it’s a real shame that wall… Read more »

And the livin’ is easy

Fresh from exams, college and university students are returning to Sarnia from across North America with job hopes, bags of laundry and a taste for home cooking. Here, Erin Babby, right, a French and Spanish-language student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Selah Edlington, a communications student at Ryerson University, swap stories and share photos on… Read more »

News briefs, Week of May 15

Cinderella’s wish granted Awesome Foundation Sarnia has awarded a $1,000 no-strings attached grant to Debbie Anderson for her project Cinderella Story. Anderson’s group collects dresses for a free annual Prom Dress Boutique for young women who lack resources. But a few are left out each year because their sizes aren’t available. The money will buy dresses… Read more »

Sarnia celebrates first 100 years in style

City Hall was a busy place last week when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914. The birthday party featured a cake-cutting, the St. Clair marching band and school choir, a town crier and a trio of centenarians. Children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and… Read more »

Coronation Park dodges bullet, for now

Coronation Park Day Nursery has been given a three-week reprieve. Lambton County councillors agreed last week to postpone a decision on closing the popular but money-losing facility until June 4. County staff have advised shutting down the Oak Avenue day care because it’s running a $1.1-million deficit. But a coalition of staff and parents quickly… Read more »

Centennial baby

Liliana Parker was born at Bluewater Health on May 7, exactly 100 years after Sarnia became a city. The Centennial baby is seen here with dad Brian, mom Jessie-Lee and brother Freddie. Bluewater Health photo

No fear, all cheer at girls athletics club

Many who visit Sarnia for the first time come away with the opinion that this area is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. From a local sports and recreation standpoint, the same might be said of Bluewater Cheer Athletics. Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse in a part of town known more for grit than… Read more »