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The Journal trivia challenge

1.      According to his biography, the Irish-born St. Columba made the first reported sighting of what Scottish monster in 565 AD?   2.     As the signs indicate, what date completes Point Edward’s motto: “Progressively Independent Since ____”? 3.      The name of what spice can precede beer, bread, and snap? 4.      What multi-use trail, which… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: I graduated from university – now what?

Vanessa Hrvatin Back in 2010, I decided to go to Queen’s University to pursue a Bachelors of Science. Having been born and raised in Sarnia, the thought of living east of Highway 402 seemed like a great adventure. So off I went to live the dream! I majored in Biology and Environmental Science and had… Read more »

To Autumn: A fall photo feature

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe, And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers. Amanda Cohoon appears… Read more »

CANDIDATE FORUM: The men running to be Sarnia’s mayor

Four men are seeking to become the mayor of Sarnia, and presented here are profiles explaining their reasons for running. One of the candidates, Fred Ingram, did not participate. All profiles by Cathy Dobson, The Journal MIKE BRADLEY Mike Bradley says 26 years as head of council has changed him and made him a better… Read more »

OPINION: On zombies, wind and Freudian slips

George Mathewson 1 – Sarnia’s zombies are tougher than Petrolia’s zombies. How? Petrolia’s zombies were so wimpy they rescheduled Zombies Invade Boom Town (from Oct. 3 to Oct. 24) because the weather report called for rain. Really. An entire town of living dead put off by a little water. Sarnia’s zombies, on the other hand,… Read more »

Hospital starts Ebola screening

Bluewater Health is seeking assistance from the public in its efforts to protect patients and staff from the Ebola virus. The hospital is asking all emergency department visitors and patients in Sarnia and Petrolia to stop at the Ebola screening sign at the entrance and await further direction from staff. Patients with scheduled appointments will… Read more »

Torontonians cashing in their chips help drive record home sales

Marco Vigliotti Low interest rates, affordable prices and a swelling tide of seniors moving from the Toronto region are credited with propelling Sarnia home sales to unexpected record heights. Donna Mathewson, sales representative with Royal LePage, says a combination of opportune financial conditions and a wave of newcomers is responsible for pushing home sales past… Read more »

From preacher to atheist; how the former Rev. Bob Ripley lost his faith

Marco Vigliotti As a senior minister with the Metropolitan United Church and well-known syndicated religion columnist, Bob Ripley’s personal and professional life for the past three decades was defined by his faith. Now, five years after stepping down from the pulpit, he has made a stunning transformation, declaring himself an atheist after what he calls… Read more »

CANDIDATE FORUM: School board trustees

This week, The Journal features the men and women seeking to represent the Sarnia area as trustees on the four publicly-funded school boards. Lambton Kent District School Board Sarnia and Point Edward (3 to be elected)  Ian Cryer My highest priority is to ensure that the best possible decisions are made at the board level to… Read more »