The Elves of Sarnia reveal themselves as a mischievous lot

Journal Staff Elf on the Shelf has become holiday tradition for many Sarnia families with small children. The concept is simple: The Elf, a plush doll that comes with a storybook, appears in various locations around the home during the run-up to Christmas. You can’t touch the Elf, and the Elf won’t speak or move… Read more »

Guiding light

The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is living up to its name this holiday season. The venerable Port Huron landmark has been guiding ships through the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River since 1829, and today watches over one of the busiest waterways in the world. Glenn Ogilvie

Hockey team helps with ‘wish list’ of struggling families

Tara Jeffrey Christmas will be a little brighter for two local families thanks to the Sarnia Sting Minor Bantam MD hockey team. The 17-member squad, comprised of 13-year-olds, sponsored the families through the Inn of the Good Shepherd — fulfilling their holiday ‘wish lists’ — a tradition the team has held the past four years…. Read more »

MP says nationwide palliative care plan inspired by Sarnia’s experience

Troy Shantz Marilyn Gladu says the pioneering palliative care options available to local residents were the inspiration for her successful bill. “It’s a model that’s been very well accepted,” the MP for Sarnia-Lambton said. “This is the model that we’d like to see in all communities,” Bill C-277, the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada… Read more »

Troubled man a friendly, gentle soul, friends say

Cathy Dobson The afternoon calm on the main floor of Sarnia Library was interrupted when a patron jumped from his seat and ran past the reference desk. “Call 9-1-1,” he told staff as he bolted to the door. Librarian Jeff Beeler stood at his desk and looked out the window onto Christina Street. “There was… Read more »

Wired for the holidays

Electrician Keith Sipkens, of Earl Sipkens Electric, used the tools of his trade to create this 10-foot (three-metre) snowman out of electric wire reels at 764 Murphy Rd. “Each year it gets bigger and bigger,” said wife Tracey. “People are always slowing down to have a look while driving by, and lots of them take… Read more »