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OPINION: ‘No one has ever become poor by giving’

George Mathewson When the scattered members of the Mathewson clan gather for turkey dinner this Christmas we’ll be doing a cool thing about the presents. Rather than buy for everyone, as was once the custom, and rather than draw names, as we’ve done more recently, the adults will pool their money and give it all… Read more »

Arabian Nights: Young theatre troupe puts spin on classic tale

Marco Vigliotti A local theatre troupe is aiming to sweep audiences away to an exotic land of scheming sultans and swashbuckling pirates. The Lambton Young Theatre Players is staging Arabian Nights at the Sarnia Library Theatre, and putting its own spin on one of the book’s classic tales, Sinbad the Sailor. “I’ve always been fascinated… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      What type of orange is so named because it has a small secondary fruit growing at one end that resembles a belly button? 2.      This month marks the 30th anniversary of what local festive celebration? 3.      On December 14, 1972 Eugene A. Cernan became the last astronaut to do what? 4.      Get ready for… Read more »

Irish Miracle is this Saturday

Many local resident can expect a knock on the door Saturday morning when the 31st annual Irish Miracle returns. More than 500 students, teachers and parents will sweep the streets of Sarnia and Point Edward collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Dec. 6 food drive is… Read more »

Knotty behaviour: Residents report a rash of damaged trees

George Mathewson Sue-Elin Rawson first noticed it near St. Patrick’s High School – several newly-planted trees snapped in half. She then encountered more young trees broken off beside the water treatment plant, then on Christina Street, and near the Salvation Army on Confederation Street. “I started getting concerned when I saw how many had been… Read more »

Northern girls wins bronze at hoops tournament

Barry Wright The Northern Vikings girls basketball club came home with bronze medals the recent Ontario high school “AAA” tournament in Windsor. Following victories over Peterborough, Newmarket and Kingston in the preliminary round, the Vikings drew the top-seed and three-time defending champions from Hamilton-St. Mary’s in the semi-finals, and lost 67-49 to the Crusaders.  Brianne… Read more »

Lambton College basketball a hot ticket

Barry Wright The early season success of the Toronto Raptors has been a boon to basketball’s popularity in Ontario, including at Lambton College. The head coach of the men’s team at the London Road campus says interest in the sport is the highest he has seen. “We’ve had a lot more fans than we’ve had… Read more »

Cull Drain bridge removed

The lakefront bridge spanning the mouth of Cull Drain was taken down last week, 104 years after it opened to traffic between Sarnia and Bright’s Grove. Here, Paul Marchand, left and Jeff Ross, of Ross Steel Fabricators and Contractors, help dismantle the sections, which were moved to Mike Weir Park for reassembly and possible future… Read more »

Research Park is nearly full

The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is now nearly full after finalizing a lease with a bio medical research company. Western Phytoceutica Inc. develops natural health products from plants, such as American ginseng. The company has leased 1,000 square feet of laboratory space and another 500 square feet for research and development of a pilot plant… Read more »