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GUEST COLUMN: Why are food banks still necessary?

I often get asked this question because food banks, started in the early ‘80s, were intended to be a temporary measure until the economy improved. Yet, 33 years later, they are an important service in every community because of structural changes in our society. The sad fact is food banks are here to stay. Historically,… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

Taking the bait

Curtis Epps, left and Brandon Johnson, both of Sarnia, found a cool spot on a warm summer day to fish beneath the River Road bridge at the Shell Canada refinery near Corunna. The pair were angling for bass and freshwater gar. Glenn Ogilvie

The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »

City players dominate tennis tournament

Sarnia athletes shone at the third stop of the Little Caesars Junior Tennis Tour, winning three of five division titles. Elise McInnis claimed the Girls 18-and-under title by defeating Ava Skuse of London 8-6. Andrew Davies took the Boys 18-and-under honours by knocking off Josh Ashby of Chatham 8-7. And Ryan Davies won the 10-and-under… Read more »

Camlachie teen has arm lengthened

It’s been a long wait for Colton Bidner. After six months of wearing a metal cage on his right arm, the Camlachie teen is finally free of it. The 13-year-old was born with one arm shorter than the other, which caused his hand to turn in and make simple tasks difficult. So, the family sought… Read more »

Teen hatches cold-blooded business

Eighteen-year-old Luke Habel loves reptiles and wants others to learn about the mysteries of enjoying and caring for them. Habel, a graduate this spring from LCCVI in Petrolia, has a houseful of 17 bearded dragons, geckos and a few ball pythons. His most prized reptile is a seven-year-old iguana named Mojo that he rescued two… Read more »

Cracking the lid on pickleball

On an unusually cool evening in early July, nine people gather at the Germain Park tennis courts to play one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Pickleball was invented fifty years ago near Seattle, Washington, but only in the past few years has the sport taken off, especially with the 50 plus crowd…. Read more »

Retiring firefighter worked to prevent tragedies

Tom Marshall remembers a time when he would stand at the front of a classroom in his Sarnia Fire Rescue uniform and ask how many students had working smoke alarms at home. A scattering of hands would rise. “Now nearly every hand goes up,” says the fire department’s public education officer. “There’s been a big… Read more »

OPINION: Nothing but the facts, ma’am

Large quantities of information cross The Journal’s news desk each week, and some of it is even interesting. Here are seven bits of bumpf about our city that for one reason or another couldn’t a home anywhere else in the newspaper. 1- Sarnia’s average household income in 2012 was $93,283.  That ranks us in the… Read more »