The eco-secrets beneath our feet

Cathy Dobson Twelve-year-old Caleb Gonzalez excitedly runs over from a dig site in Veteran’s Park with a clump of dirt and a small white shell in his hand. “Look what we found,” he says, showing Mary Abma, a local artist facilitating a youth workshop that marries science and history with art. “So what’s that mean?”… Read more »

Kids and stories

Sarnia’s libraries begin a new season of preschool programs next week. Tales for Tots is 30 minutes and designed for children ages three and under and their caregivers. Story Hour is a 60-minute program for three to five-year-olds and their caregivers. Included are songs, stories, finger plays, activities, and crafts to stimulate and create an… Read more »

Hospital surgeries rescheduled

Dozens of elective surgeries were cancelled last week after a refrigeration unit failed at Bluewater Health. Surgeons contacted patients to reschedule on a priority basis and operating rooms hours have been extended. The Aug. 26 malfunction forced the scrubbing of all but emergency surgeries, flooded four patient rooms and contaminated some hospital supplies. No medical… Read more »

New refinery pitched

Officials in Sarnia unveiled the next step last week in a campaign to convince industry and government to invest $10 billion in a new Sarnia-Lambton refinery to process oil sands bitumen. Ex-industry executives and experts have formed a leadership team with the goal of diverting bitumen from U.S. and offshore refineries and bringing it here… Read more »

Who are these guys?

This photo from Journal reader Michele Ouimet is something of a mystery. It was taken at Norm Perry Park of a football team sponsored by Sarnia Breweries. Ouimet’s father, Rene Ouimet, and her uncle Dick, are in the front row, second and third from right.But the rest of the team and the date are unknown…. Read more »

Sarnia schools get summer overhaul

Cathy Dobson When students return to classes on Tuesday they’ll find an almost unprecedented numbers of renovations and building projects at Sarnia schools. All new classrooms, heating systems, parking and fewer portables will get the school year off to a good start, officials say. The largest project by far is the completion of a $14.6-million… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Aug. 28

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 Wednesday Aug. 27th Grove Music Series Kenwick on the Lake… Read more »

Sarnia, Above it All

 Aviation was in its infancy when Sarnia became a city in 1914. Few of the 11,000 residents had seen what things looked like from an open biplane, and no one had yet taken a camera aloft to record the scene for posterity. In this issue, The Journal presents ‘Sarnia, Above it All,’ a 16-page pullout… Read more »

Harbour off to good start

Sarnia has launched a website to promote its newest acquisition. The Sarnia Harbour website at provides information about rates and fees, maps and a photo gallery. The city assumed ownership of the harbour from the federal government on March 28, along with $8.56 million to run and maintain it. In the first three months… Read more »

Taking one for the team

Richard Watterson, district manager of the LCBO, gets a “super-soaking” from staff and United Way executive director Dave Brown, right, in celebration of an outstanding fundraising campaign. The outlet raised $2,169 for United Way, almost four times its set goal. “Our little store placed eighth in the province for customer participation and second in our… Read more »