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Seat of power: Did Sarnia’s dour prime minister carve up this church pew?

George Mathewson The name Alexander Mackenzie invokes many things in Sarnia: stonemason, prime minister, dour Scot. But hidden in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is a little-known piece of graffiti that suggests another side of Sarnia’s most famous son. Carved into the arm of one oak pew is the Mackenzie name, apparently cut… Read more »

Squaring the Circle: Helping individuals break free of poverty

Marco Vigliotti Renee Flynn knows all too well how difficult it can be to escape the vicious cycle of poverty. Born into what she calls “generational poverty,” Flynn was kicked out of her alcoholic mother’s house at the age of 16 and fell in with a rough crowd, leading to drug experimentation and a string of abusive relationships…. Read more »

Call centre expanding

A new Sarnia call centre is moving ahead with plans to double the size of its workforce, pledging to hire an additional 200 employees by next March. Montreal-based Atelka, which employs around 200 workers in Sarnia, says the expansion is a testament to the quality of employees found in the city. The telecommunications call centre… Read more »

Restoration of Sarnia’s historic F-86 jet is nearly complete

Bonnie Stevenson Special to The Journal In the autumn of 2013, after 40 years of honouring fallen air force personnel from the Battle of Britain, the F-86 Sabre Golden Hawk monument was taken down from its perch in Sarnia’s Germain Park. The goal was to restore the badly damaged jet to its former glory, in… Read more »

Habitat launches new build

Sarah Reaume, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton, is joined by Sarnia Sting players Daniel Nikandrov and Jordan Kyrou on Monday, Oct. 6 for a ground-breaking ceremony of its newest housing project at 237 East St. South. The 32nd home undertaken by the local Habitat affiliate is also a “youth build” project. Marco Vigliotti

St. Clair election ‘highly acclaimed’

Tara Jeffrey There won’t be a record voter turnout in St. Clair Township this month. With the majority of council already acclaimed, some residents won’t be casting votes at all. “I would say this is highly unusual,” said clerk Jeff Baranek, noting that Ward 2 residents who support the Catholic school board system won’t have… Read more »

New subdivision park swings into action

Playground equipment is on its way for an empty park in a new city subdivision. Residents of Blackwell Glen managed to raise almost $21,000 from businesses, a barbecue and door-to-door donations, which will be matched by city hall. They will work with city staff in choosing accessible structures for the new playground, which could open… Read more »

A race on in Point Edward

Cathy Dobson With many Point Edward lawns sporting two and three election signs the village municipal race appears to be heating up. Two new candidates with strong community profiles are challenging three incumbents. When villagers go to the polls Oct. 27 they’ll vote to fill four council seats. Longtime council member John Romlewski has decided… Read more »

A beautiful day at the beach

Ray and Rosie Richards of Sarnia relax under an open sky at Canatara Park beach following a hard day working around the house. Rosie said the beach is the perfect place to enjoy a fine fall day. Glenn Ogilvie

New doctor comes to town

The pull of home proved too strong for Blake Pearson. The family physician had job opportunities in other Ontario communities and beyond Canada as well, but has chosen to hang his shingle at the Rapids Family Health Team, said Carly Nienhuis, of the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton. Dr. Pearson, originally from Corunna, is… Read more »