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GUEST COLUMN: Give peace a chance

Michele Dionne Today my Facebook status reads: “Michele Dionne wished she could sprinkle positive energy sparkles on her negative friends so they could see how truly awesome they are.” There is no magic dust that spreads positive vibrations, but many people worldwide are starting to believe we can share positive energy through meditation, and generally… Read more »

All in the family: Weightlifters win three medals in Collingwood

Barry Wright Sarnia’s Boady Santavy continues a relentless march to his dream of competing for Canada in weightlifting at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto next summer. Santavy won the 85-kilo class in record fashion at the recent Blue Mountain Open Weightlifting event in Collingwood with a snatch lift of 135 kilo and a clean and… Read more »

Taking one for the team

Richard Watterson, district manager of the LCBO, gets a “super-soaking” from staff and United Way executive director Dave Brown, right, in celebration of an outstanding fundraising campaign. The outlet raised $2,169 for United Way, almost four times its set goal. “Our little store placed eighth in the province for customer participation and second in our… Read more »

Sting host Black and White

The wait is over. With newcomers Jakob Chychrun and Pavel Zacha ready to make their mark, the Sarnia Sting are beginning their Ontario Hockey League training camp. The team has scrimmages scheduled for 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, and 10 a.m. Friday prior to the 9th annual Black and White intrasquad… Read more »

The lowdown on Festival of Good Things

Cathy Dobson Sarnia will end the summer celebrating an abundance of good things ranging from good deeds done in our community to good music and good times. It all comes together at the second annual Festival of Good Things on Friday and Saturday, says organizer Chris Lewis. “Last year we were brand new and about… Read more »

Risky business: Where to dispose of hazardous household waste

Cathy Dobson Even the most environmentally savvy can be stumped over what to do with hazardous waste that’s not acceptable for curbside pickup. Whether it’s old batteries or CFL light bulbs, doing the right thing isn’t always easy. To help, The Journal has compiled this quick reference list. DEAD BATTERIES Spent AA, AAA, C, D,… Read more »

TV sitcom to be based on Hadfield book

Chris Hadfield’s bestselling book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is being turned into a family comedy on the U.S. network ABC, the Globe and Mail reports. The proposed series will focus on a post-mission astronaut readjusting to life on earth. The Sarnia-born Hadfield will serve as a consulting producer on sitcom, which has… Read more »

Self-taught chef has built loyal following

Cathy Dobson Selina Ip arrived in Sarnia from her native Hong Kong in 1990 with no business or restaurant experience and only rudimentary English. Five years later, at age 32, she had learned the language, learned something about North American cuisine and opened South East Café at 110 East St. South. “I didn’t even know… Read more »

United Way sets campaign goal

The United Way has set the bar high on this year’s campaign. The target of $1.92 million announced last week is a new benchmark for the agency but is doable if the community works together, said campaign chair Richard Kelch. “We believe that we have set a realistic goal for our community in 2014, given… Read more »