Talking pot with youth

Cathy Dobson  Charlene Mahon, psychology prof and mother of five, gets increasingly animated as she talks about young people and pot. Damage can be avoided, lives can be saved if parents are well-informed about cannabis use and have open dialogue with their teens, said Mahon, keynote speaker at a recent forum hosted by Lambton Public… Read more »

Healing through Art Therapy

Cathy Dobson Sharleen Stock isn’t usually one to ask for help. “I’m more the kind of person who is good at waking up in the morning and making a conscious decision to be happy even if I’m struggling,” said the 33-year-old social worker. So when her heart was breaking from the loss of three people… Read more »

Student launches Shoebox Project to help women in need

Tara Jeffrey Two of Annabelle Rayson’s favourite things are Christmas, and giving back. So it’s no surprise the bright 13-year-old has taken on a project aimed at distributing holiday gifts to those in need. “My main goal in life is to help as many people as I can,” said the St. Anne’s student and new… Read more »

Holiday cards for a cause

Tara Jeffrey Reid Eyre didn’t know what to expect when he decided to launch a Christmas card project in partnership with Bluewater Health. “Honestly, I was shocked,” said the president and project coordinator of the Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton, in response to the artwork created by local youth from the hospital’s child and adolescent mental… Read more »

Excited Sarnians agog when the “Chautauqua” rolled into town

Phil Egan U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt called it “the great travelling university” and by the time it arrived in Sarnia in 1918, Chautauqua had been going four decades. Immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, “The Chautauqua” was designed to both entertain and educate. It was a festival of culture and featured… Read more »

From abusive relationship to provincial champ in two years

Troy Shantz Two years ago, Elysia Cornish was a mother of three whose self-esteem was extremely low after leaving an abusive relationship. Today the 31-year-old Sarnia woman is a provincial champion in judo. “I’d never even thought of doing martial arts but I knew I needed something to empower myself,” said Cornish, who trains at… Read more »

Miracle on 34th Street a play with music, but not a musical

Cathy Dobson Theatre Sarnia’s upcoming production of Miracle on 34th Street is a feel-good holiday classic that audiences love to see, says director Jane Janes. It’s also one that performers love to do, which is one reason why the version opening Friday night incorporates a big cast and 25-member a cappella ensemble, she said. “A… Read more »

Software company taking root downtown

Troy Shantz About half of the fifth floor of the St. Clair Corporate Centre in downtown Sarnia has been leased to a software company with plans of further expansion. U.S-based Clear Care Inc. arrived in Sarnia last year when it purchased HomeTrak, a homegrown software company and competitor located on Exmouth Street. The combined company… Read more »

Murderer who got life for brutal attack seeking full parole

Tara Jeffrey Every time a letter arrives, Stephanie Nethery feels the pain in her stomach all over again. “I know exactly what the letters look like,” she said of the mail sent regularly from the Parole Board of Canada, detailing when her sister’s killer has changed jobs, or relocated. “They have to keep the victim’s… Read more »