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Acoustic trick at scenic lookout leaves us baffled

Susan DesJardine and her dog Thomas check out a strange acoustical phenomenon at the LAWSS water plant observation deck.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson We’ve answered some unusual reader questions in ‘What’s Up With That?’ this year. On this one, however, we failed. The water plant operated by the Lambton Area Water Supply System features a circular observation deck on a hill overlooking Lake Huron where it enters the St. Clair River. In the centre of this… Read more »

Casino workers vote to unionize

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Cathy Dobson Fear that a potential privatization could shake things up at the Point Edward Casino has galvanized gaming and hospitality workers into voting overwhelmingly in favour of unionizing, says Unifor organizer Bob Van Cleef. “It happened very, very quickly; less than a month from start to finish,” he told The Journal. The vote took… Read more »

Young soccer players to train in England

From left, Jacob Drapotoy, RJ Solomone and Matthew Gouveia havebeen selected to train at a youth soccer academy in England next March.
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Barry Wright While some of their friends wing their way to warmer climates next March Break, three young players from Sarnia’s GallaDev’s United Soccer Club will take a different approach. RJ Solomone, Matthew Gouveia and Jacob Drapotoy, all 11 and in Grade 6, have been invited to attend the Sheffield Wednesday Youth Soccer Academy in… Read more »

Sarnia program helps families cope with a mental illness

Cheryl Iacobelli, left, is a family support worker with the Lambton Family Initiative, and Linda McLister is a mother advocating for mental health awareness.
Tara Jeffrey

Tara Jeffrey Linda McLister wants every family in Sarnia-Lambton impacted by mental illness to know they’re not alone. “Once you find out that so many people have a similar story to your own, you can see the relief – just being able to talk to someone about it,” said McLister, a local mother spreading the… Read more »

Looking up: Sarnia Sting eager to rebound from dismal season

Sarnia Sting head coach Trevor Letowski.
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Barry Wright Head Coach Trevor Letowski says the goal of the Sarnia Sting is pretty simple this year. “Win hockey games,” he told The Journal. After struggling to just 17 victories and finishing last overall in the Ontario Hockey League last season, Letowski says he and his coaching staff are doing more teaching and requiring… Read more »

Two Valley shutdowns

The Shell Canada oil refinery at Corunna.Glenn Ogilvie

Two Chemical Valley giants are heading into maintenance shutdowns. About 1,000 employees and contractors are involved in the work at Suncor Energy’s Sarnia refinery, the company said. The project is expected to take eight weeks and could result in increased stack flaring, noise and traffic near the site. Shell Canada said recently it would also… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Names can hurt you


Kelly Dowswell Cruella de Vil … Skunk… Those were just two of the names I got called growing up. But really, when you have not one but two natural white streaks in your hair, it’s not all that surprising. I was about three years old when my parents saw my hair go white. They had… Read more »

Junior Girls Invitational


Abby Whiteye (15) of Northern Collegiate drives to the basket during the Northern Junior Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament on Sept. 13 at Lambton College. The Sarnia host team won gold, defeating St. Thomas in the final 54-41. Bruce Smith Photo