Torontonians cashing in their chips help drive record home sales

Marco Vigliotti Low interest rates, affordable prices and a swelling tide of seniors moving from the Toronto region are credited with propelling Sarnia home sales to unexpected record heights. Donna Mathewson, sales representative with Royal LePage, says a combination of opportune financial conditions and a wave of newcomers is responsible for pushing home sales past… Read more »

From preacher to atheist; how the former Rev. Bob Ripley lost his faith

Marco Vigliotti As a senior minister with the Metropolitan United Church and well-known syndicated religion columnist, Bob Ripley’s personal and professional life for the past three decades was defined by his faith. Now, five years after stepping down from the pulpit, he has made a stunning transformation, declaring himself an atheist after what he calls… Read more »

CANDIDATE FORUM: School board trustees

This week, The Journal features the men and women seeking to represent the Sarnia area as trustees on the four publicly-funded school boards. Lambton Kent District School Board Sarnia and Point Edward (3 to be elected)  Ian Cryer My highest priority is to ensure that the best possible decisions are made at the board level to… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 23

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, October 22 Money Works The… Read more »

Colourful mural created for children grieving a loved one

Cathy Dobson The freshly-painted pandas, parrots and butterflies adorning the wall in the children’s room at St. Joseph’s Hospice are a colourful and lasting gift from the Sarnia Artists Workshop. “It’s the first thing the children see when they walk into the room,” says Kellie Van Hooren, children’s program co coordinator at the hospice. She… Read more »

Cleaning business started with a plan

Cathy Dobson Chelsey Hart didn’t just write an adequate business plan. She mastered it. When the 25-year-old Point Edward resident decided to start her own small business she painstakingly researched the market and did an exhaustive market survey to see if her cleaning service concept would fly. The result? She’s had a successful first four months,… Read more »

Stone cairn marks city’s ‘other’ Centennial

John Rochon The stone cairn on the northeast corner of Front and George streets commemorates not the declaration of Sarnia as a city, but the Centennial of the naming of Sarnia. The new community was often referred to as The Rapids due to its proximity to the rapids in the St. Clair River, and by… Read more »

Learning to skate isn’t easy

Kyleigh Beauvais-Chad, a student at P.E. McGibbon School, recovers from a tumble during an RBC Learn to Skate session at the Sarnia Arena. Three-time Olympic Gold medalist Becky Kellar Duke of the Canadian women’s hockey team joined the students on the ice, helping prepare them for an on-ice appearance during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge… Read more »

Winner of Humane Society raffle gives back the grand prize

Marco Vigliotti When Sarnia’s Michele Stokley won the diamond ring grand prize in a Sarnia Humane Society raffle last week it appeared to be a typical end to another successful fundraiser. She set off to Brian Davis Jewellery, which had donated the prize, to accept the ring and greet the store’s owner and Humane Society… Read more »

Off the rack

Looking good in a stolen coat proved to be an unwise move for one local motorist. When Sarnia Police pulled over a vehicle for an Oct. 10 traffic stop on Lansdowne Avenue the driver was wearing a brand new leather coat. While chatting with the man, the officer noticed an ink security tag still attached… Read more »