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Groundbreaking for new Habitat home

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday, April 1 for the next Habitat for Humanity home in Sarnia at 140 Euphemia St. North. Fourteen teams from 22 local churches and faith organizations are taking ownership of one building day for the project, which is Habitat’s first ever ‘Faith Build.” Seen here is the future recipient of… Read more »

Science Fair: Teen builds nuclear fusion reactor in his basement

George Mathewson In the basement of a suburban Camlachie home, Caleb Winder is recreating the internal workings of the sun. With a little deuterium, a vacuum chamber and 35,000 volts of electricity, the 15-year-old has built a nuclear fusion reactor that he’s entering in the Lambton County Science Fair. Winder culled the reactor’s parts from… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Workers crushed by bureaucratic systems

Nathan Colquhoun Dawn Flegel is the executive director of Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society. I saw this 1983 quote on her office wall recently. “The amazing thing, never to be forgotten, is that the people who make up this system are among the most altruistic in the country. They went into their profession to serve. They have… Read more »

Letters, week of April 2

Gay rights have come a long way Sir: Recently there has been a spate of letters to the editor about homosexuality. It sounds like there are a lot of misconceptions regarding sexual orientation. As the chair of the Blue Water Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) of Sarnia & Port… Read more »

Cinderella Story: Prom and grad dresses ready for distribution

Journal Staff  The halls at 109 Durand St. will soon be filled with happy teenage girls choosing their special prom or graduation dresses for free. It’s the sixth annual Prom Dress Boutique, a two-day event hosted by the Cinderella Story of Sarnia-Lambton. This year the volunteers with the Cinderella Story have collected more than 900… Read more »

Game on: Dad creates a free, fun outlet for girls

Cathy Dobson Five-year-old Ella Boisvert has been known to fall asleep in her bed holding her lacrosse stick. That’s how much she loves the sport. Ella is one of a growing group of little girls who play a unique brand of field lacrosse each week in Sarnia parks. Brian DeWagner, a father of two young… Read more »

A new fleece on life

A new cast of characters has been delivered to the Children’s Animal Farm, just in time for Easter weekend. Young visitors are delighting the newborn rabbits, goats, lambs, guinea pigs and chicks. Here, Freddie Parker, 2, and his aunt Ashton Parsons of Sarnia, get up close and personal with the help of Terilyn Langis, a… Read more »

OPINION: Foundation pays sweet dividends

George Mathewson In the early 1970s Stanford University researchers conducted what became known as the marshmallow test. A child seated at a table was offered a choice – eat one small marshmallow right away or wait 15 minutes and get two marshmallows. Surprisingly, follow-up studies done years later found a correlation between the test and… Read more »

Support pours in for city woman with inoperable cancer

Tara Jeffrey Michelle Fines is facing the fight of her life, but she’s got the support of an entire community behind her. “It’s been amazing,” said Kevin Fines, brother to the Sarnia native who, at age 30, is facing her second battle with cancer. “My phone has been ringing off the hook with people reaching… Read more »

Aamjiwnaang captures Little NHL trophy

Barry Wright The co-coach of a First Nations club made up primarily of players from Sarnia’s Aamjiwnaang community says the recent Little Native Hockey League (NHL) Tournament at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga was the thrill of a lifetime for the team. Without a single practice and just two exhibition games under its belt, the… Read more »