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Coming or going to Sarnia not so simple without a car

Cathy Dobson Five years into her grassroots battle to improve public transportation in and out of Sarnia, Mabel Higgins is discouraged and doesn’t hold back. “We’re prisoners in Sarnia,” she says. “We can’t count on the train to run efficiently and we don’t have enough options.” If you live in Sarnia and don’t do highway driving,… Read more »

Memorial plaque thefts ‘gut-wrenching’

Troy Shantz Remy Boulbol said it was like “a punch in the gut,” when she heard upwards of 18 plaques were stolen from a Centennial Park Memorial Garden sponsored by the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). “How desperate must someone have been to do something so horrific. It’s gut wrenching,” said Boulbol, a manager with… Read more »

Irish Miracle still going strong

Troy Shantz While most teenagers prefer to sleep in on Saturdays, some 500 St. Patrick’s High School students will make an exception on Dec. 1 as they flood the streets for the 35th annual Irish Miracle. The event, a local holiday tradition, sees a student mob go door-to-door in Sarnia, Point Edward and Bright’s Grove,… Read more »

Holiday cards for a cause

Tara Jeffrey Reid Eyre didn’t know what to expect when he decided to launch a Christmas card project in partnership with Bluewater Health. “Honestly, I was shocked,” said the president and project coordinator of the Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton, in response to the artwork created by local youth from the hospital’s child and adolescent mental… Read more »

Grief support for the holidays

Tara Jeffrey The program team at St. Joseph’s Hospice is opening up its holiday grief support event to the public. “This is the first time we’ve actually taken the event offsite to allow for more people, and we’ve made it open to the public. You don’t necessarily have to be one of our clients to… Read more »

End of the line

Popular city bus driver Barry Mackey has retired after 30 years with Sarnia Transit, but not before family and friends joined him for a surprise ride-along on his last scheduled route. Seen here are, from left, Maurice and Kristin Richard with their children Riece and Chase, and Barry and Isabell Mackey. Journal Staff

Neighbour wants students to butt out

Troy Shantz A Sarnia homeowner is frustrated that his front lawn has become the new smoking area for Northern Collegiate students. Chris Courtis lives across the street from the Sarnia high school and for two weeks has observed as many as 40 students at a time taking their smoke breaks on his front lawn and… Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW: Creed 2 a classic sports showdown

  Vicky Sparks When Creed came out in 2015, it shouldn’t have worked. A kind of sequel to a movie franchise that already had five installments, the most recent of which had been released 25 years earlier, was not something the world needed. Yes, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) was a classic character but we’d already seen… Read more »

Silver medalists

Sarnia’s Twin Bridges Thunder won a silver medal at the season opening OVA Trillium White A-15U Provincial Cup volleyball tournament in Chatham on Nov. 3. From left are, front row: Emily Kzyonsek, Melia Langeveld, Ali Coulbeck and Allison Furlan; back row: Kyle Martin (Head Coach), Adam Armstrong (Coach), Gabby Landry, Ashley Blackburn, Sydney Moraal, Peter… Read more »

Excited Sarnians agog when the “Chautauqua” rolled into town

Phil Egan U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt called it “the great travelling university” and by the time it arrived in Sarnia in 1918, Chautauqua had been going four decades. Immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, “The Chautauqua” was designed to both entertain and educate. It was a festival of culture and featured… Read more »