Free computer centre closes after 12-year run

Journal Staff A free and popular drop-in centre that links seniors with computers has logged off for the last time. Central United Church’s computer access program for seniors has ended, due to the sale of church’s George Street building. Over the past 12 years, the drop-in centre has had up to 1,200 visitors per 10-month… Read more »

Long-term care homes unprepared for second wave, local health advocate says

Cathy Dobson The Ford government has done nothing to prepare Ontario’s long-term care homes for a second wave of COVID-19 infections, says the chairperson of the Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition. Shirley Roebuck said the second wave has arrived, yet the province isn’t taking action to avoid the devastation in long-term care that occurred earlier this… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Pondering our new ‘COVocabulary’

Susan MacFarlane If someone asked me in 2015 where I pictured myself in five years, it certainly wouldn’t have included a mask or hand sanitizer. Nope, not even remotely on my radar. Sure, people talked about the possibility of a global pandemic and since the beginning of the century we’ve had SARS, H1N1 and Ebola,… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Complete this saying or adage: “Don’t throw the baby out with the . . .”   2 – In a new street art competition on September 26th, local artists will be using what material to create artwork on sections of pavement along Exmouth Street?   3 – What was the more common nickname… Read more »

Sarnia’s road budget has some huge potholes

Troy Shantz Sarnia spends about half what other municipalities invest in road repairs, a staff report says. The average Canadian municipality spends 1.1 per cent of its road replacement value, said the report by city engineer David Jackson. Yet, in 2020, Sarnia has only a .53 per cent reinvestment rate. And that’s a record high, said… Read more »

Great Lakes students return to almost-renovated school

Troy Shantz  A $25.2-million renovation and addition at Great Lakes Secondary School is back on track after a new contractor was hired, says Brian McKay, the Lambton Kent District School Board’s business superintendent. Wellington Builders Inc. replaced Jasper Construction in the spring and has since completed work on the instrumental and vocal music rooms, Indigenous… Read more »

Late-blooming octogenarian golfer scores hole-in-one

Troy Shantz Only a decade after taking up the sport, 87-year-old Elizabeth Lawton did what most golfers can only dream of – scored a hole in one. “They were saying, ‘It’s in, it’s in! I didn’t believe it,” recalled the Sarnia woman, who notched the ace Aug. 19 on the ninth hole of the Camlachie… Read more »

Monument unveiling honours Sarnia’s fallen hero

Tom Slater and Tom St. Amand This is a follow-up to the Parsons and Muiden Monument articles in The Journal’s August 27th issue. With a few hundred Dutch citizens from Muiden looking on, organizers and dignitaries officially unveiled the Muiden Halifax Monument on Saturday, September 5th. This hour-long ceremony was the culmination of nearly three… Read more »