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Taking bread to the (science) fair

Nadine Kooy, 10, left, of Sarnia Christian School, and Abby Vrolyk, 10, of Confederation Central School, baked up some fun and claimed exhibition silver and a cash prize with their “Bread Science” entry at the Lambton County Science Fair held at Lambton College. A total of 83 participants entered 65 projects ranging from the health… Read more »

Local music festival Canadian one-of-a-kind

Churches and schools will rings with music when the Lambton County Music Festival returns for an amazing 85th year. More than 500 participants have signed up to compete at six locations in Sarnia between April 21 and May 1. Few organizations survive 85 years, and even fewer do so with the independence of the Lambton… Read more »

John DeGroot named Citizen of the Year

John DeGroot is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t mind fundraising. While others might dislike asking for donations for their favourite cause, DeGroot says he chooses projects that bring “good stuff” to the community and surrounds himself with people he considers strong. That makes it possible for his ideas like the Awesome Foundation to… Read more »

Upsurge of UFO sightings over Sarnia

Mysterious red and white lights witnessed by several people over Lansdowne Park on March 30 were the latest in an upsurge of UFO sightings over Sarnia. The circular objects hovered in the night sky, changed direction, and at one point moved toward each other, a Borden Street resident told the Mutual UFO Network, a non-profit… Read more »

‘Umami’ delicious in any language

You’re familiar with sweet and sour, salty and bitter. But do you know the taste of umami? Greg Laviolette says umami is his specialty. “It’s the fifth flavour,” explains the chef at Greens Organic Café on the corner of Lochiel and Christina streets. “Umami translates from Japanese and means deliciousness.  When you’re cooking and it… Read more »

Lawrence House bounces back from the brink

After teetering on the brink of closure, the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts is solidly back in the black. “I couldn’t have imagined it would be this good,” says chairman Leonard Segall. A year ago, he and new board secretary Lynne Brogden were credited with rounding up a dynamic group of 12 new board members… Read more »

A local idea that mushroomed

Score one for Sarnia’s research park A Sarnia-based tech developer is teaming up with Canada’s largest mushroom producer to build a facility in Ontario using a process developed at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park on Modeland Road. The $1.4 million project will convert waste from mushroom farms into a liquid mineral fertilizer, said Mohammad Rahbari,… Read more »

Local soccer prodigy to train in Spain

Alex Patrinos and his family are preparing for an extraordinary trip. The seven-year-old Bright’s Grove boy will be trained by world-renowned coaches at the FC Barcelona’s Youth Soccer Academy and suit up for Team USA in the U8 division of the Barcelona International Youth Soccer Tournament April 13-21 in Spain. Patrinos was among a handful… Read more »

Kenwick photo trips memories for many

A photo published in The Journal of teens jiving at a 1956 “rock and roll night” tripped memories for many Sarnians of a certain age. Joyce Williamson, 75, recognized her 16-year-old self standing in the crowd. The Kenwick-on-the-Lake dance hall was famed for blowing off youthful steam and attracting major recording artists, from Louis Armstrong… Read more »

‘Boo Boo Balm’ part of natural product line

She’s a problem solver, a single mom, an entrepreneur and a bit of a chemist. Sarnia’s Jen Smith, 34, has spent the last year in her kitchen developing her own line of body care products.  She makes everything from “Wondermama Bum Cream” to “Boo Boo Balm” on her stovetop, and pours each all-natural product into… Read more »