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Vol. 5, Issue 28

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Packing our bags

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CATHY DOBSON THE JOURNAL

arnia’s new $7.9-million garbage contract contains numerous cost increases, but the biggest is a staggering 78% hike in the bill for yard waste collection. That’s because Sarnia is one of the few Ontario cities in which residents can still use clear plastic bags to gather leaves and lawn clippings. Each bag must be ripped open and emptied by hand at the St. Andrew Street composting site, and labour SPIRAL YOGA CLASSES are normally held at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, but when summer arrives the sand and water of Canatara Beach call out costs have skyrocketed. strongly, said owner Karen Keresturi, second from right. “I can’t resist the beauty of the lake and the breeze and the birds. It’s the best accompaniment to That’s due in large part a yoga practice,” she said. to increases in Ontario’s GLENN OGILVIE The Journal minimum wage, said public works operations manager Bryan Prouse. “It’s a difficult and smelly job and it’s hard in 2012. In a report to county council fentanyl patches must be returned to get people to stick it PAM WRIGHT Last year, 532,600 needles were to the pharmacy before a new one out down there,” he said. last month, staff said they were Community Living cliTHE JOURNAL distributed as part of a harm identifying which interventions is dispensed. ents once did the work, reduction program to reduce the might have the greatest impact, Lambton EMS receives, on and temporary employocal officials are working on including the possibility of an spread of HIV, hepatitis and other average, about one overdose-reees from a job service a drug and alcohol strategy lated call every three days, and six blood-borne infections. overdose prevention site. to combat the impacts of people died of an opioid overdose have been used in recent Some 300,000 needles were Lambton County has a higher years. addiction in Sarnia-Lambton. in 2017, Lambton Public Health rate of addiction, opioid and sub- collected, with 1,890 visits to the “If – and it’s a big “We are looking at integrated stance misuse than the provincial clinic. The goal is to get back as says. if – council chooses to planning and at what we can do,” average, Churchill said. It’s believed the death toll many used syringes as possible, eliminate debagging, the said Kevin Churchill, manager of The number of people using would be higher if not for the Churchill said. city would save about family health at Lambton Public a needle exchange program that distribution of 195 anti-overdose “We’re concerned needles are $225,000 a year,” Prouse Health. operates out of the public health naloxone kits between October being found by the public.” said. “We certainly share the deepest building in Point Edward has and December of last year. Another local program is Continued on 2 concerns about these issues.” continued to rise since it began “Patch for Patch,” in which used Continued on 4

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Continued from 1 Such a move would require city residents to switch from clear plastic bags to paper bags for curbside collection of yard waste. The large paper bags are available at local stores but cost considerably more — about 50 cents each compared to about 12 cents for plastic.

However, residents would collectively save by shaving nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the city budget. Prouse said commercial yard waste bags made of paper are designed with double walls to resist moisture. Residents wouldn’t be allowed to substitute other paper bags should council go in that direction, he said. City Hall already gets numerous complaints from irate res-

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idents upset when neighbours put their leaves out long before collection day, said Sarnia’s chief engineer Mike Berkvens. More complaints would arise if thin paper bags that disintegrate in the rain were used, he said. “Sometimes we get as many as 100 bags put out on the monster lots in the north end, and if they are out there days before pick-up on the street, it’s a major problem.”

Council approved the new four-year deal for curbside waste collection on May 28 but the contract doesn’t kick in until July of 2019. Marcotte Disposal, the company that

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Sombra ferry owners taking Ottawa to court over causeway

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he owners of the Bluewater Ferry in Sombra are suing the federal government over a broken causeway that has grounded the ferry service between Ontario and Michigan. “It’s the final resort,” said company co-owner Morgan Dalgety. “We’ve waited five months and we’ve lost five months. If we can’t get help, it’s going to bankruptcy.” In early January, ice floes took out the causeway that connects the ferry dock to the Canadian shore. According to Dalgety, a global navigational tool called the Automatic Identification

“We’ve waited five months and we’ve lost five months. If we can’t get help, it’s going to bankruptcy.”

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System offers proof the Canadian Coast Guard is to blame for the damage. He said records show the icebreaker Samuel J. Risley was travelling at 14 knots as it helped move ships through dense ice in the St. Clair River, he said. The speed limit there is 10 knots, Dalgety said, adding the displaced ice ripped out the causeway. “It had to go somewhere,” he said. A spokesman for the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, of which the Coast Guard is

part, said she couldn’t comment on the matter because it is now before the courts. The Coast Guard issued a statement in January saying gale-force winds from the north flushed a large amount of ice from Lake Huron into the river the week of Jan. 8, and that “many vessels” were on the water at the time the causeway was damaged. Dalgety said there is video evidence the wind was out of the south at the time. The Bluewater Ferry that connects Sombra to Ma-

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rine City, Michigan is busy. During peak times, two boats make an estimated 60 trips a day across the St. Clair River. It’s a big loss for the fifth generation family business. “We’re living on savings,” Dalgety said. A Go Fund Me page was launched on the family’s behalf and various fundraisers have been held. Dalgety said the family has mortgaged property to finance repairs. The cost of rebuilding the causeway has risen from

earlier estimates to nearly $3 million, Dalgety said. “The whole causeway has to be ripped out,” he explained, adding it must be rebuilt higher above the water That means the man-made island that houses the dock and Canadian Border Services building must also be built up. A partial demolition and the installation of a ‘bailey bridge’ — a type of floating bridge used in Second World War — were also proven unfeasible. Six government ministries

and two First Nation communities having a say in the construction complicates the process, he added. He can’t understand why the federal government won’t help, adding Sarnia-Lambton’s MP and St. Clair Township’s mayor pushed for funding. “Doors kept getting slammed in Marilyn and Steve’s face,” Dalgety said. “The Canadian government is giving out money around the world… they should be helping southwestern Ontario.”

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Group aims to ‘take back our city’ from drug addiction

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year ago, out of personal frustration, Sarnia’s Greg Jones started a Facebook group called ‘Take Back Our City from Meth, Fentanyl and Pills.’ The closed group has already reached 2,500 members and become an information clearinghouse of sorts across the spectrum of Sarnia’s drug culture. Members post information about crimes, ask questions and offer information about withdrawal, treatment and solutions. Drug addiction has hurt people important to Jones. “I just want to try and help clean things up,” he said. “What we do now will affect our children’s future, and it’s not looking good.” Jones said he began by educating himself and then sharing that knowledge. He’s astounded by what’s learned, he said, including what it’s like to live

near a drug house, and the difficulty of getting into treatment programs because of onerous paperwork and long wait times.

“I just want to try and help clean things up,” he said. “What we do now will affect our children’s future, and it’s not looking good.”

— Greg Jones

Jones doesn’t blame Sarnia Police for the drug problem and the growing citizen frustration it engenders. But he does believe more proactive law enforcement and mental health services are needed. It would help to have police officers on the street, walking beats or cycling through troubled areas, he said. “And we need outreach workers. We need to let people know we love and care about them,” he said. “We need to let them know what’s available.”

Jones said he knows of eight drug houses operating in Sarnia, which he calls a “cancer” affecting property values and ruining the neighbourhood’s quality of life. “We want to let people know how bad it is out there,” he said. Last week, The Journal described how business owners in Mitton Village are alarmed by

rising drug crime and the erratic and dangerous behaviour of addicts on the street. Jones said Sarnia’s creation of a Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee is a positive step, but it won’t accomplish much until the core issue of addiction is addressed. “You can put up fancy street lights and flower baskets but that’s not going to solve the

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Winners of business contest bringing osteopathy to Sarnia

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rum roll please! The winners of this year’s Win This Space competition were announced recently at a Dragon’s Den-like event involving six finalists and a panel of judges. Meghan Duncan and Roxanne Corvers won free rent for a year for the new business they plan to launch this fall in Sarnia. The two women are studying osteopathic therapy at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and intend to open the first local clinic of its kind. Apart from their extensive education, they say the most costly aspect of opening the clinic is the lease. Now they’ve got that covered for their entire first year. “That’s going to let us focus more on educating people about osteopathy,” says Duncan. “We would have opened regardless, but this is a bonus.” Osteopathy is a non-invasive treatment that’s been around since the 1800s and addresses pain in the body by treating it with soft tissue manipulation, stretching and counter strain

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Retiree finds Sarnia was something to write home about BRUCE LANGER

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ccording to a common adage, home is where you make it. That’s true because in this age of transience it’s a common life experience for many, whether it’s because of work, school or just the way life unfolds. But when you have the chance to return to the place you really feel is home, it’s a different and much better experience. That’s what my wife and I are feeling since coming back to Sarnia after being away for six years. For my wife, Michelle (some know her as Dorothy) it was home since she was born, raised and lived here her whole life except for the six years we were in Burlington. For me, it’s a bit more complicated. I came to Sarnia in November 1991 via a transfer to The Observer from Thunder Bay, where I had worked for 11 years as a reporter and editor. I was born in Fort William, which in 1970 along with Port Arthur, became Thunder Bay. At

age 14, my family moved to Germany, which for my parents was home. Five years later, I returned home to Thunder Bay. So you see, home is something to yearn for. When I arrived in Sarnia, I didn’t know quite what to make of the city with its strange Bruce Langer and scary petrochemical smells. But soon, I found Sarnians to be deeply involved in the wellbeing of their community. I made friends, including the close-knit group of people I worked with, and of course my future wife. I came to love the beaches, the parks, the trips “across the river,” fries under the bridge, playing pickup hockey and so much more. My wife and I lived in Petrolia for nine years, another wonderful town, but through work and other interests, we stayed connected to the city. Sadly, the lack of work in my chosen field took us

BRUCE LANGER SNAPPED this image of the fog-shrouded freighter Alpena entering Lake Huron from the balcony of new Sarnia home last month.

to Hamilton where I had a job and an apartment in nearby Burlington. Soon, I realized what I always hated about big cities: too much traffic, everybody in a hurry. Yes, there are some good things too, and there are good people I met, especially through

work. But it never really felt like home. Since returning, I haven’t been in gridlock once. I laugh when I remember Sarnians complaining about how long it took to leave the Lambton College parking lot after a Sting game. And

then there is the comfort of actually bumping into somebody you know, which has happened twice. As we sit on our balcony and watch ships glide into Lake Huron and hear the waves lap the shore at Canatara Park, it’s clear

there were ten.” “No,” I replied. “Rick’s been in prison up at Kingston, but he’s getting out today.” Mrs. Dupe grew quiet. We were just sitting down to dinner when the kitchen door to the outside burst open. It was Rick, and he looked like the little gangster we’d made him out to be. Clad in a black leather jacket and tight blue jeans, cigarette dangling from his lips, he took in the scene as the startled Mrs. Dupe eyed him warily. My five youngest brothers and sisters excitedly rushed to wrap their arms around him – just as we

had rehearsed and trained them to do. “Are you the Rent-a Mom?” Rick demanded of Mrs. Dupe, who nodded her head. “Then fix me something to eat!” he ordered. Mrs. Dupe did as ordered. The rest of the evening revolved around Rick and his harrowing prison tales. Mrs. Dupe listened with increasing horror. The next morning, my brother Larry and I awoke to the certain knowledge we were doomed. As architects of the little joke, we began to fear Mrs. Dupe might use it as an excuse to abandon

us. Our neighbour Larry Evers, aka “Rick,” fled the house as we got ready to confess our crime. Fortunately, the remarkable and kindly Mrs. Dupe had a sense of humour. She never told our parents what wicked little delinquents we really were. She would continue to look after us for years when my LARRY EVERS, A.K.A. “Rick” parents took one of in 1965. Family members trained their rare holidays. for weeks to celebrate his “release For fear of my from prison.” father’s wrath, the one of those unspoken story of how we duped Mrs. Dupe became family legends.

why Sarnia feels like home. How could it not? Bruce Langer is a retired journalist who has worked in Sarnia, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. Contact him at brucealanger@gmail.com

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y parents would have murdered us had they known what we were up to. When you have 10 children, a vacation away from them is something special. My parents had headed off to Mexico in 1965. A woman from a local agency had been hired to look after us. Her name was Mrs. Dupe, and we had a surprise for her. No sooner were my parents out the door then the little ones took up the chant: “Rick’s coming home today!” Their excited voices sent Mrs. Dupe to the

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Hilroy notebook my mother had compiled with details on each of us – what we liked to eat, when we went to bed – it was all in the notebook. But she couldn’t find a kid named Rick. As the oldest, I was sought out for the answer. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Dupe,” I told her sadly. “Mom and Dad should have told you, but it’s not easy to find someone who’ll agree to look after all 11 of us.” “Eleven? I thought

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Drug addiction in community becoming epidemic Sir: I read the article "Business owners dismayed by inaction on drug crime" and thought, finally, people are talking about this problem in our community. Maybe now we can find a solution. I am not a business owner but have had many encounters with the drug problem in our community. On Canada Day I was celebrating with friends and family, with water balloons, a barbecue and

fireworks. Our great time was interrupted by a young woman who stripped off her clothes and flailed around on the street. We quickly rounded up the children, trying to protect their innocence. A

few adults called police, concerned the woman was overdosing as she vibrated on the grass. The other evening I was driving home and sitting at a red light at the Five Corners. Another young woman stood on the sidewalk beside my passenger window, tweaking, yelling, and flailing toward my vehicle. Picking my children up from school a young woman with sores all over her face and hold-

ing a hospital bag shouted things out, walking all over the sidewalk. Another day, when driving with my children, we saw a man running down the road. He had one shoe on, dirty clothes and ran in and out of the street. My children asked, “What is wrong with that man?" And just today, on my way home from work, a woman was standing on the boulevard, her pants around her ankles,

peeing while whipping around a piece of material. My point is, on numerous occasions my family has been exposed to this epidemic. What bothered me the most about article was the statement that there is no law against being stoned in public on drugs. Why not? A bunch of drunken zombies roaming around and causing havoc would be taken care of because

Canada Day spoiled for children by drug addict Sir: Regards to the article “Business owners dismayed by inaction on drug crime” (July 5), I’d like to share my own experience. I live near the Harry Turnball skate park on Maxwell Street and daily have to deal with drug addicts walking by ‘tweaking out’ and yelling at inanimate objects and themselves. Numerous phone calls have been made to Sarnia Police, who can take hours to show up. By then, the addict has moved on to another part of the neighborhood. On Canada Day, I had a gathering of good friends for a nice get-together. It was an awesome day filled with children playing and enjoying themselves, and adults playing along and catching

up with old buddies. But as we enjoyed the fireworks, a drug addict walked down the street. With about 10 children on my property ranging in age from three to nine, she proceeds to take her clothes off and strut naked down the street, prancing and calling out. Us ‘Mama Bears’ collected the children and ran them into the backyard. I called police, stated the situation, and noted I had called that morning about the same girl tweaking out in my neighborhood. The dispatcher replied, “Well I didn’t work this morning.” This is not how our children should remember Canada Day. Something should be done when a drug

addict is repeatedly called about, causing distress in an area such as the skate park or Mitton Village. I can’t speak as a business owner, like those in the article. But as a homeowner I am just as irate. This is supposed to be my domain, my sanctuary, and most of all, the place my children feel safe to call home. It has reached the point that when people who are high on drugs walk by my house, my daughter gets completely freaked out and runs inside, asking if they’re going to come back. Sarnia has a drug problem, and there needs to be a law about arresting those who are high. Who would you be more scared of? A drunk staggering around, or someone

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Why does the city pass bylaws and not enforce them? Sir: Regarding the June 28 article, “Rage against the machine.” It loved it, and it’s about time the city enforced the noise abatement bylaw (96 of 2009-Quiet Zone), as the updated vehicle exhaust systems don’t necessarily improve the performance of a vehicle, except in the drivers’ ears. The bigger question is

—who will follow up on the bylaw enforcement? There’s nothing worse than walking on Canatara beach and stepping in dog feces. Dogs urinate on the beach, but if a human were to do it I’m sure they would be charged with ‘indecency.’ When one dog owner was asked why they brought their dog to the beach (bylaw #206 of

1999), the owner told me they’d been bringing the dog there for 30 years. Excuse me, but the bylaw has been in effect since 1999. Maybe the signs should be bigger, as at Blackwell Park where dogs are supposed to be leashed. Sadly, that doesn’t work either, because loose dogs there have charged at me. While many dog

owners follow the rules, plenty just ‘don’t care’ and have little respect for others. Take the idling bylaw, and fresh air. Try parking at the Blue Water Bridge to enjoy the nice breeze, while people pull up beside you and let their vehicle idle, and you have to breathe the fumes. Yes, the city needs signs. That bylaw has

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Change at City Hall long overdue Sir: A city council and a city administration are there to serve the best interests of its taxpayers. At least, that is a common view espoused by candidates at election time. Yet how often has the reverse proven true for Sarnia? As the latest example of a council disconnect, consider the painting of bicycle lanes on Cathcart Boulevard. Six months ago, citizens presented petitions and gave presentations against the idea of bicycle lanes at Cathcart and council accepted their arguments.

The bicycle lanes were subsequently dropped. Well, ratepayers thought bicycle lanes were cancelled. Last week, an intolerable mish-mash of newly painted lines appeared on the surface of Cathcart Boulevard - a solution to a problem that has yet to happen but is very cherished by someone. This situation is appalling. Not only have citizens concerns and a council commitment been ignored, but additional hazards have been introduced on the north side of the boulevard. As a cyclist,

I am loath to use the new arrangement. Should we have expected a different outcome? Perhaps not. The current council has been a nightmare since its inauguration four years ago. I struggle to think of anything positive that has been achieved. One could claim its main thrust and sole ambition has been to hobble the mayor and make his life intolerable but at what cost to the ratepayers and progress of the city? The fab-five (Councillors MacDougall, Schol-

ten-Holt, White and Mitro led by Coun. Gillis) stand guilty in this regard as does Coun. Bruziewicz. Fortunately, electors have a chance to change the situation soon. Vote for the fab-five cohorts if you want four more years of purgatory. Vote for prudent new faces if you value progress, sensible ideas and a return of financial accountability to city administration. Sarnia deserves better. — Brian Wallace Sarnia

There are reasons why some churches fail and others grow

Sir: Regarding the July 5 article, “The gospel truth: Some churches closing while others flourish.” The great questions continue to be, "What is the meaning of life?" and "What is our (human) place in it?" Over the past 150 years two competing Explanatory Systems have been jockeying for our attention in this regard. The first puts forward supernatural/religious solutions, the other science-based. The first has frozen its views in place for centuries, the second follows genetic-biological-archaeological data as it evolves. The latter has been dominant. The decline of churches has resulted. Those churches that do hold membership constant, or actually grow, are ones that provide social supports to their members and often have a "community centre" function in their neighbourhoods.

tinue to prosper in that role. — Frank Higgins Sarnia

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Gladu’s comments were taken out of context Sir: Stanton Earle, in his letter of June 28, “MP Gladu’s prejudiced comments about Mexicans appalling,” takes the comments made by Marilyn Gladu in the House of Commons totally out of context. Mr. Stanton appears to have taken his facts directly from an article written by CBC news. Since the CBC receives over a billion dollars a year from the Liberal government, it is understandable it will portray a member of the Conservative Party in a negative manner. If a Member of Parliament made the comments as stated, then they should be taken to task.

However, MP Gladu did not make the remarks as stated in Mr. Earle’s letter. I would suggest he take the time to view the video from the House of Commons, with Ms. Gladu making her remarks about legalizing marijuana, to find out what she really said, before embarking on a crusade. There is one thing we do agree on, and that is change needs to happen on the federal level next year. Unfortunately, in the last federal election Canadians voted for style instead of substance. — Russ McPhee Sarnia

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ogs of all shapes and sizes will be heading to Canatara Park on July 21 for the 3rd annual Doggie Paddle Beachfest. Once again, a section of beach will be fenced off for dogs to run and play freely with their fellow, furry Fido friends. And for the first time, their owners can get a beer. The pooch party’s inspiration was festivals commonly thrown on California beaches, said event coordinator Jenilyn Sheppard. “There wasn’t anything up here, and we have such gorgeous beaches.” The free-admission event features two off-leash play zones, races and contest. Among several team activities is a temptation alley, where dogs must race through a stretch filled with toys and treats while their owners wait at the finish line. The leashes go back on for dog fitness, when owners run their pups through an obstacle course, completing exercises themselves along the way themselves.

POOCHES CAN RUN leash-free and make new buddies at the Doggie Paddle Beach Fest at Canatara Park on July 21. Photo courtesy, Jenilyn Sheppard

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Plain sailing WHEN THE WIND dies on Lake Huron, members of the Sarnia Sail Training School take to games and land exercises instead. Instructors demonstrating an exercise here are, from left, Liam Keating, Mika Magtanong, Nathan Dizon-Mapula, Cole Robinson and Cayleigh Beaton. About 60 students age five to 17 attend the program each summer at the Sarnia Yacht Club. GLENN OGILVIE The Journal

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JAMES PACKS A seven-day supply of running water and solar panels to power a phone and laptop. TROY SHANTZ The Journal

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The United Way also provided venture grants to two other organizations. The 1st Hussars Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is getting $15,000 for programs designed to teach youth in rural Lambton leadership, teamwork and physical fitness. The John Howard Society is getting $30,000, the third and final installment of a three-year grant. The funding provides life skills coaching and mentoring to 20 adults experiencing multiple barriers and trying to turn their lives around.

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he United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has taken the unusual step of providing a $30,000 venture grant to an online counselling service based in Walkerton, Ont. WES (wellness and emotional support) for Youth Online provides free and professional online counselling to those seeking support for mental health needs. It was founded in 2012 by Jamie and Yolanda Cameron after they lost their son, Wes, to suicide. Though the agency is not based in Sarnia-Lambton, local youth account for 55% of the service’s clients, said Pamela Bodkin, the United Way’s community investment and finance director. Venture grants are used to address emerging needs in the community, and mental health is one of them, she said. “What we’re finding with youth nowadays is they’re more apt to reach out for help via text or online. They seem to be more comfortable in requesting help that way.”

Bodkin said the money will support the online counsellors and promote the program locally. Select students in each of Sarnia’s high schools will serve as peer leaders, promoting WES for Youth Online and how to access it. That peer-topeer focus can make it easier to reach out for help, Bodkin said. Young people connect to

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FAR TOP LEFT: BRYAN AND ANNE Watson, of Strathroy with grandson Parker, 5, were camping in Moorertown when they decided to check out Ribfest. FAR BOTTOM LEFT: PONDERING THE choices are, from left; Cheryl Megeney, of Brights’ Grove, her niece Erica Pirnie and mother Donna Pirnie of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. LEFT: TOMMY EDWARDS APPLIES the finishing touches to some ribs and chickens at Sweet Smoked BBQ. PHOTOS BY GLENN OGILVIE THE JOURNAL

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Cycling The Lambton Outdoor Club riding to Ipperwash for lunch. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

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What’s Happening couple for non-members of the Sarnia Ballroom Dancing Club. For more, visit www.sarniaballroomdancingclub.ca SUNDAY, JULY 22 Adult Art Workshop Have a glass of wine and receive expert guidance from artist Patti Cook while creating your own 3D form by manipulating fluffy fleece into firm felt. Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 147 Lochiel St., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost $45 for non-members. For ages 19+. Must register by calling 519-336-8127, ext. 3226 MONDAY, JULY 23 Summer Series Summer Entertainment Series featuring The Co-Co NUTS!! at Suncor Agora in Centennial Park, 7 p.m. Free admission. For more, call 519-332-0330

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(Never known to fail): Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother, Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful thanks. J.M.

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• Fournie, Harold Kenneth

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(Never known to fail): Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother, Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful thanks. J.M.

• Lane, Marion

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• Lumley, Ross

Age: 74 / Date of Passing: Jul-1-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Noctor, Myles

Age: 82 / Date of Passing: Jul-6-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Reid, Helen

Date of Passing: Jul-2-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Reid, Joan

Age: 92 / Date of Passing: Jul-4-18 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

• Snider, Sandra

Age: 61 / Date of Passing: Jul-5-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Vanderhoeven, Louise

Age: 82 / Date of Passing: Jul-4-18 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

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• Vanoosterom, Simon Nicolaas

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NOLAN GLADWISH IS this year’s recipient of the Maynard and Rene Walker Family Scholarship, which is awarded in part for a student’s contributions to the Village of Point Edward. Gladwish, who will study business at Western University this fall, is seen here accepting the scholarship at the village’s Canada Day festivities. Submitted Photo

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ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPICE has received a donation of $12,496 from the team at the Sarnia site of Air Products Canada Ltd. Presenting the cheque here are, from left, site supervisor of operations Rod Douglass, hospice fund development associate Anita Minielly, and Randy McBrayne, the company’s site supervisor of distribution. Submitted Photo

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Community

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Sports

That extra spark

DEFENSIVE C A P TA I N NOAH Baldwin carries a blue smoke grenade as he leads the Sarnia Sturgeon Peewee team onto the field at Norm Perry Park. The little extra halftime pump-up seemed to help as the Sturgeon went on to defeat the visiting Forest City Thunderbirds 14-13 on June 29. Jack Clark Photo

Golf course using bees to produce it own honey, beer

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JAKE ROMPHF THE JOURNAL

he Sarnia Golf and Curling Club has added bees to the course’s more familiar birdies and bogies. In partnership with Operation Pollinator, the Sarnia club has set up half a dozen beehives in a bid to support the busy pollinators, which play an important role in nature and agriculture. Some of the honey the bees produce is sold in jars to members and the rest is used by a craft brewery to make club’s own brand of beer. “Look at all your crops, look at everything … you need the honeybees,” said superintendent Joel Henderson. The course worked with a local beekeeper to

establish three hives on the 137-acre property in 2017, and this year doubled that number. The program honours former superintendent Paul Brown, who advocated establishing bees on the golf course and who died last year, said communications administrator Shannon Harris. “It was something that he wanted and really fought for.” The beehives are another way the club is moving toward greater environmental sustainability. Fall leaves are now composted into new soil and dead trees are turned into charcuterie boards, tee-block markers and benches. The course is “dewdragged” every other day and sand added to greens and tee blocks to reduce moisture and the need for

fungicides. Fairway mowing has been cut in half, and it’s done in a pattern that takes less time and fuel. “It’s being resourceful with those things you have,” Henderson said. “It’s going to benefit the golf club, it will look better, and it doesn’t really cost much.” The new bees, which help pollinate the course’s flowers and trees, are interesting creatures JOEL HENDERSON PULLS a that have an intersection from one of six beehives at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. nal GPS so strong The bees pollinate golf course plants moving their hive and make honey for the club’s beer. even slightly would Submitted Photo confuse them, he added. Many of the winter beer and a summer not-for-profit club’s 700 beer for the bar. members also enjoy the “You’re giving them honey, which is used by something that was someRailway City Brewing in what made from your golf St. Thomas to produce a course,” said Henderson.

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ABOUT 100 PLAYERS from across Southwestern Ontario competed recently at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club’s annual Women’s Invitational, a best-ball event. Pictured here are, from left, Low Net Champions Debbie Vanhuizen and Brenda Vaillant, from Huron Oaks (score of 58), and Low Gross Champions Deb McDonald and Kathy Pilkey, of the host club, who shot a 71. Submitted Photo

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