Davies top 50 at world cross country championships

Sarnia’s Andrew Davies achieved a personal goal with a top-50 finish at the World Cross Country Championships at Aarhus Denmark on March 30. Competing in the U20 division, the Northern Collegiate grad was second among the six Canadians competing and 48th overall. The Canadian junior men’s team finished 12th in a race dominated by runners… Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW: Shazam! is a joyous movie the whole family will enjoy

Vicky Sparks If you’re looking for another dark and layered, angst-filled superhero tale – you’d better look somewhere else because Shazam!, the latest offering from DC comics, is all fun, all the time. The story starts with 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) looking for yet another new home. When he ends up with… Read more »

Point Edward budget includes modest tax increase

Point Edward has approved a $4.3-million operating budget for 2019 that includes a 1.73% tax increase. The increase will add $12 to the tax bill on a house assessed at $100,000, which last year paid $689 in municipal property tax, the village said. Capital projects this year include roadwork on Christina and Livingston streets, and… Read more »

Big medal haul for coach and masters’ swimmer

A Sarnia Rapid’s swim coach left the pool deck to strike gold at the Ontario Masters Swimming Championships recently. Competing in the 60-64 age division, Sue Weir won gold in the 100-metre fly, 100m backstroke and 4x50m relay at the Thornhill meet, held March 22-24. She also won silver in the 50m fly, 100m individual… Read more »

Major sewer upgrade contract awarded

Sarnia has awarded a $7.7-million contact for the next phase of a massive sewer upgrade project. Warwick-based Birnam Excavating will install a combination of forcemain and gravity sewers to carry sewage from the Plank Road pumping station to the Water Pollution Control Centre at St. Andrew Street. When that’s complete, two older pumping stations will… Read more »

Two Sarnia Sting players nominated for OHL awards

Two forwards with the Sarnia Sting were nominated for OHL awards last week. Ryan McGregor was nominated for most outstanding player of the year and for most sportsmanlike, while Jacob Perrault was nominated for rookie of the year. McGregor had 25 goals and 77 assists in the 61 games this season. Perrault, the son of… Read more »

Library cooling system purchased

A new heating and cooling system will arrive in May for installation at Sarnia’s downtown library branch. Council approved a contract with Trane Heating and Cooling at a cost of $244,000 recently. With electrical and mechanical components, the total project is expected to cost $390,000. The library’s air conditioning failed last August, and the city… Read more »

Sarnians got a charge out of powerbroker Sir Adam Beck

Phil Egan        For decades, it was a tested rite of passage for new taxi drivers in Toronto. “Go down to University just south of Queen,” they’d be told, “and pick up a Mr. Beck. You can’t miss him – he’s a big guy.” Most new drivers failed to get the joke. Others caught on after… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Some of the nicknames for what Canadian city are Hogtown and Big Smoke?   2 – In early March, approximately what percentage of Lake Huron was covered in ice?    65%    75%   85%   3 – Anatomy: The myocardium is the muscular tissue of what organ?   4 – What former mayor was nicknamed… Read more »

City footballer has line of scrimmage as wide as Europe

Troy Shantz Jason Robert South has made a career out of playing and teaching football, but not in North America. The former St. Clair Secondary student has taken his skills across the pond, where the European market is ripe for Westerners proficient in America’s favourite game, he said. “It’s kind of like (being) a unicorn… Read more »