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OPINION: Dabbling in witchcraft

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

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

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

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 »

New soccer champs crowned

New champs crowned ANJ Industrial was crowned the 2014 Sarnia Men’s Industrial Soccer League champions on Aug. 27 when they knocked off defending champion Paton Controls in a dramatic 2-1 come from behind victory. From left are, bottom row, Nick Sproverio, Mike Furtado, Rob Giampietri, Kellan Lyndsay, Andrew Avellino, Reck DaSilva, Joey Solinas, Aldo Rocca… Read more »

Coach has 40 years in SMAA

Barry Wright When the leaves begin to turn and the air starts to cool, you’ll know where to find Jamie Dekelver. He’ll be roaming the sidelines coaching SMAA minor football. “I started (coaching) when I was in high school in 1977,” he said.  “I was coaching with my father for a couple of years and… Read more »

Tinkering done to ease congestion around busy commercial zone

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s most clogged commercial zone does not require a new vehicle entrance, although a few strategically-placed signs could improve traffic flow, says a study commissioned by SmartCentres. “The Quinn Drive area east of Barclay has the worst congestion in the city,” said Mike Berkvens, a development manager with the city’s engineering department. By… Read more »

Vanished landmarks part of city walking tour

Cathy Dobson Nearly 20 brightly coloured signs are posted on buildings throughout Sarnia this summer, telling tales about places like the Colonial Hotel, the city’s first airport, Tabs Drive In and the Sarnia courthouse. Though they’re long gone, there’s a real effort to focus on many of Sarnia’s beloved landmarks. So what’s up with that?… Read more »

This year’s Legionnaires strong on paper

Dan McCaffery Special to The Journal Head coach Dan Rose is vowing the Sarnia Legionnaires will ice a competitive Jr. ‘B’ hockey club this winter. Commenting after the team’s training camp wrapped up Sunday, the bench boss said, “It was a great weekend, we had a lot of good talent to look at. If we… Read more »