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Bluewater Beach Fest bringing fun in the sun

Hot, carefree beach days may still seem a long way off, but one local woman is already making big plans for fun in the sun. The first Bluewater Beach Fest will take place the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24 at Canatara Park and everyone is invited. Professional sand sculptors are booked to spend three… Read more »

Bigger bands to rock growing Powerboat Festival in Sarnia

Bigger bands will give the boats a run for their roar at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival this summer. Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews and I Mother Earth are inked for the three-day August event, which is now Sarnia’s largest festival and one of the largest international events on the Great Lakes…. Read more »

The cat came back

Joe the Cat has been released from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital and into the care of the Sarnia and District Humane Society. Joe, who caused an international furor over animal cruelty after being shot 17 times with a pellet gun, lost an eye but has otherwise full recovered from his wounds. He has also helped… Read more »

Whats Happening, Week of May 1

WHAT’S HAPPENING 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.  Thursday, May 1 Human Trafficking A day of community training… Read more »

Boaters riled by tough Canadian border rules

Recreation and tourism in Sarnia are being hurt by the Canada Border Services Agency’s get-tough policy on boaters who cross the international border, local officials say. The CBSA requires the operators of all boats who cross the line to report in by telephone, a requirement that’s not enforced by their U.S. counterparts, they say. As… Read more »

This year’s Ribfest packing on the music

More live music will be on tap when the 16th annual Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Father’s Day weekend. A record 18 bands will play two stages over the four days, complementing ribbers from across North America, vendors and a midway. “This is the most diverse and powerful musical line-up Sarnia… Read more »

MPP probed on huge ‘town hall’ numbers

An eyebrow-raising number of people took part in a “telephone town hall” held by Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP on March 31. According to a news release from Bob Bailey’s office: “More than 7,600 constituents joined in and participated during the hour long call which included call-in guests Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton, and Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson.” Really?… Read more »

Women at work

Construction has begun on Habitat for Humanity’s latest build. Karen Ramsay, centre, and Sharon Silk, right, will live in the new home going up in Petrolia, which, for the first time, is being built by all-female volunteer work crews. With them is Debbie McNeil, branch manager of RBC in Forest and Petrolia. Ramsay said she’s… Read more »

Ships backed up in Lake Huron

Shipping traffic has been backed up in southern Lake Huron because sections of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice. As many as half a dozen freighters can be seen some days parked in the lake, waiting for a chance to head north into the upper lakes. The shipping season was late starting this… Read more »

Cinderella Story has happy ending

A total of 71 young women received gowns at no cost for their recent Grade 8 graduations and Grade 12 proms, thanks to this year’s Cinderella Story. Newer gowns donated throughout the year are provided to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Volunteers with the project also assist with dress selection and fittings, accessories, make-up… Read more »