Acoustic trick at scenic lookout leaves us baffled

Susan DesJardine and her dog Thomas check out a strange acoustical phenomenon at the LAWSS water plant observation deck.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson We’ve answered some unusual reader questions in ‘What’s Up With That?’ this year. On this one, however, we failed. The water plant operated by the Lambton Area Water Supply System features a circular observation deck on a hill overlooking Lake Huron where it enters the St. Clair River. In the centre of this… Read more »

Sarnia beach cleanup

Three Sarnia beaches will be cleaned of litter on Saturday in preparation for the planting of native dune grasses. Volunteers will be given gloves, bags and refreshments, and are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Sign up is at Colborne Road will be the first beach tackled on Sept…. Read more »

Casino workers vote to unionize

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Cathy Dobson Fear that a potential privatization could shake things up at the Point Edward Casino has galvanized gaming and hospitality workers into voting overwhelmingly in favour of unionizing, says Unifor organizer Bob Van Cleef. “It happened very, very quickly; less than a month from start to finish,” he told The Journal. The vote took… Read more »

Sarnia program helps families cope with a mental illness

Cheryl Iacobelli, left, is a family support worker with the Lambton Family Initiative, and Linda McLister is a mother advocating for mental health awareness.
Tara Jeffrey

Tara Jeffrey Linda McLister wants every family in Sarnia-Lambton impacted by mental illness to know they’re not alone. “Once you find out that so many people have a similar story to your own, you can see the relief – just being able to talk to someone about it,” said McLister, a local mother spreading the… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Sept. 25

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What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to  Wednesday, Sept. 24 Ballroom Dancing Wednesday lessons in Cha Cha and Quickstep… Read more »

Splitting fruit 3 ways

Sarnia Lambton Fruit Share is a program in which volunteers pick fruit in Sarnia-Lambton for redistribution. One third goes to the pickers, one third goes to the property owner and one third is donated to an organization that can use it, such as local food banks. If you are interesting in picking fruit, or have… Read more »

Two Valley shutdowns

The Shell Canada oil refinery at Corunna.Glenn Ogilvie

Two Chemical Valley giants are heading into maintenance shutdowns. About 1,000 employees and contractors are involved in the work at Suncor Energy’s Sarnia refinery, the company said. The project is expected to take eight weeks and could result in increased stack flaring, noise and traffic near the site. Shell Canada said recently it would also… Read more »

Reclaiming the night


About 100 adults and children took part in the 21st annual Take Back the Night march to the downtown Peace Court. The Sept. 18 event mades a statement about ending violence against women and holding perpetrators responsible, said Michelle Batty, executive director of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre and the Women’s Interval Home. Glenn Ogilvie