Group aiming to “take back our city” from drug addiction

Pam Wright A year ago, out of personal frustration, Sarnia’s Greg Jones started a Facebook group called ‘Take Back Our City from Meth, Fentanyl and Pills.’ The closed group has already reached 2,500 members and become an information clearinghouse of sorts across the spectrum of Sarnia’s drug culture. Members post information about crimes, ask questions… Read more »

County ponders new drug strategies

Pam Wright Local officials are working on a drug and alcohol strategy to combat the impacts of addiction in Sarnia-Lambton. “We are looking at integrated planning and at what we can do,” said Kevin Churchill, manager of family health at Lambton Public Health. “We certainly share the deepest concerns about these issues.” In a report… Read more »

Northern students sweep athletic honours

Journal Staff A pair of students from Northern Collegiate have been named co-winners of the Stefanko Award. Presented annually by the Lambton Kent District School Board, the award recognizes the one male and one female secondary student in Lambton County who best exemplify outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Andrew Davies maintained top standing through his… Read more »

City pilot restoring legendary bush planes found up north

Troy Shantz A Sarnia businessman is restoring a pair of vintage Canadian-made bush planes he found in the woods of Northern Ontario. Steve Orr, owner of Bayview Chrysler Dodge Ltd., discovered the two grounded Norsemen earlier this year near Red Lake, Ont., where they’d been damaged in a hailstorm. “There’s some great aviation history with… Read more »

Amateur radio operators band together with regular frequency

Jake Romphf About 50 people in Sarnia-Lambton use a communication device that’s more than a century old, is independent of the Internet, and keeps on working even when the power goes out. Amateur radios, also known as ham radios, use many frequency bands across the radio spectrum, allowing users to communication by voice or Morse code. Battery… Read more »

Canada Day in Sarnia

The surface of Sarnia Bay glows cherry red during the grand finale of the Canada Day fireworks display, as seen from the roof of the Observer Lofts on Front Street. Despite the heat and the humidity on July 1, the massive crowds at Canatara and Centennial parks during the day and evening were generally well… Read more »

Grateful organ recipients reunite in Sarnia for rousing ‘transplant’ party

Tara Jeffrey When the guests began arriving at Judy and Dave Brown’s Sarnia home recently, it definitely wasn’t your average backyard barbecue. “You’ve put on so much weight!” they joyfully exclaimed each time someone new opened the gate, amid rousing cheers and tears of joy. “I know,” a woman’s voice bellowed. “I can’t stop eating… Read more »