Tourism office moving

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton is moving into new digs. The organization is leaving the Chamber of Commerce building and relocating to the Ontario Travel Information Centre on Venetian Boulevard. The move, to take place in January, will increase visibility among travellers visiting the area, the agency said. Formed in 2001, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton has a staff of six… Read more »

Tax hike looms

Sarnia homeowners would have to dig deep to foot the municipal tax bill in 2015, if the city’s draft budget passes unchanged. Swelling insurance prices, rising salary costs and the debt load from the RBC Centre are key factors pushing a proposed 6.05 per cent tax hike, said finance director Brian McKay. That represents another… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      It’s that time of year: Which character in the Peanuts cartoon spends his Halloweens, not trick or treating, but waiting in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear? 2.      The many “Save Door-to-Door” signs throughout Sarnia are drawing greater local attention to saving what? 3.      The last song that Rodgers and Hammerstein… Read more »

Books published by Sarnia authors in 2014

It has been a banner year for Sarnia authors, from sports to history, and children’s books to poetry, To help match local readers with local writers The Journal has prepared a compendium of 2014 titles. Here, in no particular order, is Part FiIt has been a banner year for Sarnia authors, from sports to history,… Read more »

Raise the Praise: Alter Boyz take stage at the Imperial Theatre

Marco Vigliotti Local theatre company Diversion Entertainment is bringing a “divinely” inspired musical-comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band to Sarnia next month. Altar Boyz tells the story of the titular music group as they perform on the last night of a national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour. But, as the show progresses, the group begins to… Read more »

Knock … if you dare

This macabre collection of moving figures, flashing lights and severed human heads is ready for trick-or-treaters tonight at 1071 Cathcart Blvd. Owners Natalie Parkkila and Nick Aveling say they’ve just as many scary items in storage as they do out front. And though they’ve never decorated for Christmas before –  only Halloween –  this might… Read more »

No strings attached: Life-size puppets to help teach acceptance

Marco Vigliotti A local puppet troop is being dusted off to educate children and adults alike about multiculturalism and acceptance of people from different backgrounds. The Family Counselling Centre is reviving its “Kids on the Block” program and will start with multiculturalism because it’s a topic ripe for discussion, said project co-ordinator Amy Nazarewich. “There’s… Read more »

City firm’s software a boon to food banks

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia startup is helping food banks around the world get to the root of why people need emergency assistance. “I believe that what we’re going to do will have a big impact,” says Rob Dawson, founder and CEO of Link2Feed, his new company at 1315 Michigan Ave. Link2Feed’s software has been developed… Read more »

Sarnia native wins Emmy Award

Cathy Dobson A lengthy list of television credits and two Daytime Emmys on Dawn Knight’s shelf are proof it’s possible to thrive in the entertainment business north of the border. Knight, 49, grew up in Sarnia, dabbled in drama before graduating from St. Patrick’s High School, and says she always felt like she wanted to… Read more »

Shipping out on a mercy trip

Cathy Dobson A local teen has been approved to volunteer in Africa on the world’s largest private hospital ship. Sophia Kooy, 18, says the mobile hospital was scheduled to anchor at the Republic of Benin, next to Nigeria, but changed its destination to East Africa because of the Ebola outbreak. “The Ebola epidemic requires immediate… Read more »