How do you spell ‘logophile’?

Haley Mayer, of Lakeroad school, takes a turn at the 2014 Sarnia Spelling Bee, held at the Sarnia Library Auditorium and organized by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton. Behind Haley are Isaiah Williams, from P.E. McGibbon, left, and Joey Goodwin, from Lansdowne.

Frayed nerves and red cheeks took centre stage when some of Sarnia’s brightest logophiles went head-to-head recently. The annual spelling bee hosted by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton and the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists drew about 30 competitors in Grades 3 to 8. “I wasn’t too nervous because I’ve been practising a lot,” said 10-year-old… Read more »

Sarnia accent just ‘aboat’ does it

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As an American who visits Sarnia frequently Bill Miskell is struck by the differences in speech between here and Port Huron. Though separated only by a narrow river the two cities have surprisingly different linguistic traits. “The big one for me is how you say “out” and “about,” and the way you use ‘eh’ at the… Read more »

A Sideways look at pub fare

Chef Brian Hall holds a dish of chicken tetrazini at Sideways Classic Grill. With him are, from left, Ashley Bedard, Martin Rocheleau and Ryan Schiestel. 
Glenn Ogilvie

Lucky regulars at Sideways Classic Grill sometimes get to share complimentary samplers when chef Brian Hall experiments. Conjuring up new sauces and food combinations, then seeing how the patrons like them, is how Hall develops his menu. Creating new flavours for traditional pub food has become an ongoing project for Hall since he conceived Sideway’s… Read more »

COLUMN: Odds of survival not great

A gamma ray burst in our own galaxy aimed at earth would leave our planet a smoking cinder. Image courtesy of NASA

 “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.” – Woody Allen   In case you didn’t know this already, the U.S. National Safety Council has determined that the average human has a 1 in 1 chance of dying of some cause in his or her lifetime…. Read more »

When the Grove got its groove on

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A group of 150 community volunteers have worked to improve Kenwick-on-the-Lake in Bright’s Grove with a new gazebo and play equipment. The next phase, which came before city council this week, includes a basketball area, tennis court repairs and more benches on Lakeshore Road. But before it was a park, Kenwick-on-the-Lake was an open-air pavilion… Read more »

Jake is a dream come true


It’s hard to believe a playful 80-pound black lab can bring such calm to a household. But the peace of mind three-year-old Jake has brought to the Moore family of Sarnia is indisputable. Kyrsten Moore, 16, was born with a rare brain disorder that triggers daily epileptic seizures. If no one is nearby she can easily… Read more »

Teen weightlifter strives for gold

Third generation weightlifter Boady Santavy of Sarnia has a goal of representing Canada at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Barry Wright, The Journal

In the basement of a local fitness facility, Boady Santavy trains under the watchful eye of his father and grandfather. Boady’s father, Dalas, and grandfather, Bob, both competed for Canada in weightlifting at the international level and the youngest of the three generations has every intention of following in their footsteps. Bob Santavy wore Canadian… Read more »