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OPINION: eBingo a game-changer for charities

George Mathewson After being thrown overboard during Ontario’s rush to slot machine riches, the operators of bingo halls that are still afloat have finally been tossed a lifeline. Sarnia once had 11 bingo halls and vied with Windsor for the title of Bingo Capital of Ontario. Today, we have one lone survivor, Bingo Country, which… Read more »

Local track athletes fare well at Michigan meet

Journal Staff The Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club had a banner day at the recent Simmons-Harvey Invitational event at the University of Michigan. Building on the football success of her alma mater, former Ohio State Buckeye Maggie Mullen took first place in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 18.83 metres. Meantime,… Read more »

Lambton Lions men edge St. Clair

Jason Marshell of the Lambton Lions player drives to the net with Trevelle Blythe of St. Clair College is hot pursuit during a Jan. 16 OCAA match. Lambton, the sixth ranked team in Ontario, downed St. Clair 83-79 in the intense match at the Sarnia campus. Bruce Smith Photo

Hiawatha offering 21 Saturday harness racing dates this year

Barry Wright Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre will push for more live harness racing dates in future, but for now president Jim Henderson is resigned to the fact the Ontario Racing Commission has allocated 21 dates for the coming racing season. “I would have liked to have had more,” said Henderson. “The optimum amount… Read more »

A third generation of backyard rink-making

George Mathewson You hear it before you see it, the snick of blades on ice and the thump of puck on boards. The rink Bill Rose has built behind his Isabella Street home is more than 70×30 foot patch of ice. It’s also a neighbourhood magnet and cultural tradition as old as Canada itself. Every… Read more »

Making tracks

Sled tracks wind their way to an ice fishing hut in the Sarnia Yacht Club basin in this photo taken Thursday by reader Rick Smith, who used a tripod and 300 mm lens. Local anglers have reported catching brown and rainbow trout though the ice around Sarnia this past week. Photo courtesy, Rick Smith

Businessman with autism aims to clip the odds

Cathy Dobson The sign posted on the outer door of Kyle Wagner-Dixon’s dog grooming business is an eye-opener. Not every shop owner introduces himself to new customers by explaining his disability before they walk in. “I feel it necessary to mention that I have a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome which impairs my ability… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      The majority of people worldwide (55%) have what colour eyes? 2.      Dr. Ken Walker and Mrs. Deb Walker are on this year’s Mayor’s List for their organization and promotion of what annual summer event in Bright’s Grove? 3.      Which Canadian comedian of TV and movie fame has created such characters as Ed Grimley and… Read more »