Desk plan: Furnishings from former St. Pat’s headed for Africa

Cathy Dobson Local Rotarians are preparing to ship surplus furniture from the former St. Patrick’s High School building on East Street to underprivileged students in South Africa. “It’s a great way to use furnishings that would otherwise end up in the dump,” says Debbie Renaud-McDermott, project lead with the Rotary Club of Sarnia. Her club… Read more »

A frozen Olaf

The Crombeen family is big fans of the animated Disney film Frozen and decided to recreate its lovably innocent snowman character, Olaf, in their front yard. Pictured with him here are Ben, 9, and Nico, 2, who are brothers of Sarnia Journal carrier Luke Crombeen. Submitted Photo

Nia: A different kind of dance workout

Nia instructor Jo-Ann Pinel, centre, and students, from left, Joanne Lucas, Annette Verhagen, Ellen Martin and Laura Martin. Glenn Ogilvie Journal Staff Bill Emeis is dancing to his own drummer. He turns and pirouettes in his bare feet while a bass-heavy electronica tracks fills the gym of the Strangway Community Centre. “It keeps me going,”… Read more »

Knit-Fit: For many, knitting has become the new yoga

Susan Roberts Special to The Journal Knitting was once as necessity as cooking and sewing, but these days it’s been rediscovered as a hobby – with unexpected health benefits. The upswing in interest is due in part to social media, says Jeanne Feenstra, the owner of Country Yarns. Facebook, Pinterest and Ravelry are loaded with… Read more »

Road warrior

Petrolia resident Erin Horwood, who works in Sarnia, jogs through Canatara Park during her lunch break. Horwood said she typically runs most days, but in bad weather or frigid temperatures she trades in the road for the gym. Glenn Ogilive

Theatre Sarnia production in running at drama festival

Journal Staff Theatre Sarnia is taking its critically acclaimed production of The Clean House to the Western Ontario Drama League Festival. Directed by Holly Wenning, the production is one of five finalists vying for title of best little theatre play in Western Ontario. The festival at Owen Sound’s Roxy Theatre runs March 16-21 with other… Read more »

Spelling bee a hive of activity

Journal Staff More than 50 students from 16 schools squared off in competition at Sarnia’s annual spelling bee on March 4. Jack Vrolyk of Errol Road Public emerged victorious in the Grade 7-8 division by correctly spelling “auditorium” before a full house of parents, siblings, friends, educators and grandparents at the Sarnia Library Theatre. Second… Read more »

Detox centre slow going

Heather Wright Special to The Journal Bluewater Health’s plan to open a detox centre is moving “at a snail’s pace,“ says St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold. The county committed $250,000 for a residential withdrawal management centre to deal with a community drug addiction problem in 2012, when Arnold was warden. The Erie St. Clair… Read more »

Opening up

Two local organizations, Open Doors and the Lambton Family Initiative, have merged to create the new Lambton Mental Wellness Centre. The Centre at 109 Durand St. is designed to help shed the stigma of mental illness while creating an environment of inclusion and community support. Getting together here to share a meal here are, from… Read more »

Police warn of furnace scam

Sarnia Police advise caution after a man posing as a technician tried to defraud a city women. The woman received a call, reputedly from a heating company, and made an appointment for a furnace inspection on Feb. 25. When a man arrived at her city centre home he removed the furnace filter, telling the woman… Read more »