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Selina Nickason paved the way for U.S. scholarships

Selina Mirjavadi (nee Nickason) is being inducted into the Central Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Barry Wright Next month Sarnia’s Selina Mirjavadi (nee Nickason) will take her place in the Central Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame. The former Bluewater Gymnastics star will be inducted at a ceremony at the Mount Pleasant, Michigan campus on Oct. 17, and then introduced at halftime of CMU’s college football game the next afternoon. “It is quite an… Read more »

A show of Faith: 10-year-old arrives in Sarnia to tears and hugs

An emotional Dave Abbey and daughter Faith, 10, after they completed "Faith's Footsteps," a fundraising walk to assist families coping with childhood cancer.
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Journal Staff Students at King George VI showed their appreciation when cancer survivor Faith Abbey, 10, completed a two-day walk from London to their Sarnia school on Sept. 11. “Faith’s Footsteps” raised more than $15,000 for Childcan, an organization that helps families cope with childhood cancer. Faith, who was diagnosed with liver cancer before turning… Read more »

Sarnia’s evolving downtown

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THEN … Hundreds of milling residents can be seen surveying the wreckage in this aerial photo, taken May 21, 1953, just hours after a powerful tornado ripped through Sarnia’s downtown. The twister damaged 250 buildings, left dozen of families homeless and caused $5-million damage to the city. Note the roof of the former Taylor’s Furniture building,… Read more »

Sarnia’s forgotten tornado of 1879

Damage from the tornado of 1879 is evident on the storefronts of the C. Mackenzie company on Front Street, which sold stoves, plumbing and copperwork.
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John Rochon Most Sarnians know of the devastating tornado that struck on May 21, 1953, causing extensive damage throughout the city. But few people know of a tornado that struck Sarnia and the surrounding area on Friday, July 11, 1879. Around 10 a.m. a terrible storm of wind and rain hit the town and lasted… Read more »

OPINION: Dabbling in witchcraft

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George Mathewson News that a Quebec man has been charged with falsely practicing witchcraft is a reminder that sorcery and black magic didn’t start and end in colonial Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, one of the most spectacular cases of witchcraft in Canadian history involved a teacher from Lambton County, who was charged following a series of… Read more »

MacLean Centre is coming down

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Journal Staff The H. G. MacLean Centre in Centennial Park has a date with the wrecking ball. The former restaurant and meeting hall will be razed down to its concrete support pad on Oct. 18. The concrete floor itself will be removed when remediation work begins later this fall on the park’s contaminated soil. Murray… Read more »

Beekeepers suing pesticide makers

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Journal Staff A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Ontario beekeepers who say their hives have been killed or damaged by neonicotinoid pesticides. The suit filed by London-based Siskinds LLP seeks more than $400 million in damages from Bayer and Syngenta, which develops and markets the pesticides. “They’ve back us into a… Read more »

Rebound Act II: Finding diamonds in the rough

Rebound’s Act II program is presenting Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. at the Imperial Theatre  September 18-20. Seen here are cast members, clockwise from top, Emma Killingsworth, 12 (townsperson), Justice Christie, 14, (guard), Emily Hannah, 10, (townsperson) and Ciara Roebuck, 16, (Harem girl). 
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Journal Staff Monique D’Arcy never expected to be a showstopper. In fact, there was a time in her life when the spotlight seemed distant, shrouded in the darkness of depression and despair. But she beams while describing what turned things around – Sarnia-Lambton Rebound and its theatre program, Act II. “I’ve gained a lot of… Read more »