Opinion: Hospital needs a language detox

George Mathewson The late, great comedian George Carlin was adept at skewering the way bureaucrats and marketers use weasel words to “soften” the language. During the First World War, for example, a soldier stressed to the breaking point by combat horror would return suffering a condition called “shell shock.” By the Second World War “shell… Read more »

STREET NAMES: Talfourd Street named for kindly pioneer

George Mathewson Froome Talfourd has a street, a hamlet and a creek that bears his name, but it was a cottage he built in what’s now downtown Sarnia that impressed one early city historian. Talfourd’s cottage was high on a hill overlooking Sarnia Bay, with a stone wall, a handsome gate and a little garden… Read more »

Saving the beach: Students working to protect shoreline

Cathy Dobson Rather than see their favourite local beach wash away, local students are getting their hands dirty and participating in a stewardship program this spring. “These are kids trying to make a difference,” says teacher Melissa Dent. She applied for program funding this year so that as many as 100 kids with the Lambton… Read more »

Couple’s cleaning biz is ‘one-stop-shop’

Cathy Dobson Heather Fields looks at her booking schedule and can’t believe how full the calendar is already. Weeks after starting Assista Property Services with her husband Jeff, Fields says she is booking up fast. Early spring was a good time to start a cleaning and maintenance business in Sarnia, says Jeff. The couple knows… Read more »

Sarnia woman weathers the storm at Boston Marathon

Barry Wright Mary Prendiville says her inaugural experience running the Boston Marathon was cold, windy and wet, but something she’ll never forget. “It’s every runners goal or dream to go to Boston,” said the buyer for Nova Chemicals in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley who had previously run in seven other marathons, but never before in what’s… Read more »

Local gymnasts fare well at provincials

Barry Wright Athletes from Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics Club had another successful run at the recent Ontario Championships at the University of Windsor. Eleven club competitors took part, with many winning medals or posting personal best scores. Serena Baker, 17, qualified for the Canadian Championships in Gatineau, Que. in late May, while 10-year-old Hayley Tarboton and… Read more »

Dutch treat: Point vet making pilgrimage to Holland

Cathy Dobson Life moved on for John Mills after he served overseas in the Second World War and was honourably discharged in 1946. Seventy years ago, he came home to his wife Betty in Point Edward and got down to the business of making a living and enjoying peacetime. He never returned to Europe, nor spoke… Read more »

Film Festival: Sarnia native aims to encourage young filmmakers

Tara Jeffrey Ravi Srinivasan wants to inspire a new generation of filmmakers in Sarnia-Lambton. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” said the 29-year-old Sarnia native, who now works for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). “I had always wanted to get into film, but there wasn’t any place or anyone nurturing those… Read more »