Globetrotting teacher reffed World Cup gold medal game

Tara Jeffrey Kayla Herdman was a student at Northern Collegiate when she realized she enjoyed keeping score more than she did scoring baskets. “I played junior and travel basketball, but started scorekeeping in senior and thought I would give [refereeing] a try,” said the 31-year-old teacher, coach and globetrotting basketball officiate. “My high school coach,… Read more »

Graduating SCITS gals still going strong 65 years later

Journal Staff When news broke that Vision Nursing Home wants to buy the vacant SCITS building for housing it was heartily cheered by one group of local 80-somethings. Students from the graduating commercial class at SCITS in 1954 formed an uncommonly strong bond with each other that continues to this day. In fact, when a… Read more »

Woman’s death from West Nile one-in-a-million: daughter

Troy Shantz One of the few fatal cases of West Nile virus ever confirmed in Sarnia-Lambton went undiagnosed for a month, the family of the victim says. Linda White, 71, died of the mosquito-borne virus on March 23. “It was just like the flu,” daughter Beth Squire told The Journal. “They did tests, they couldn’t… Read more »

Daughter seeking help for couple handed ‘crappy deal’

Cathy Dobson Mandi Clark marvels at her parents’ strength. Rick and Sue Neely have spent years coping as Rick battles diabetes, two leg amputations, a kidney transplant and failing eyesight. He was forced to leave his job as a special education teacher, then an accountant, about 25 years ago due to health complications. “My parents… Read more »

Gladu garners huge support

Cathy Dobson Conservative incumbent Marilyn Gladu handily retained her seat in Sarnia-Lambton Monday night, unofficially winning nearly 50% of the vote. A horserace predicted by some between Gladu and NDP candidate Adam Kilner did not materialize as Gladu took an early lead and never looked back. The earliest polls to report were from the City… Read more »

Angry Lake Huron takes another swipe at Old Lakeshore

Troy Shantz A one-kilometre stretch of Old Lakeshore Road was closed last week when wind-whipped waves pummelled the Bright’s Grove shoreline and hurled football-sized rocks onto the street. “It was pretty severe weather,” said city construction manager Rob Williams. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it have such an impact.” Worst hit was the bank… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Laura Secord’ cottage one of our last old summer homes

Randy Evans & Gary Shrumm Maybe you’ve noticed it, an old-style cottage still standing at the corner of Lakeshore and Blackwell Side Road, abandoned and fighting a losing battle against the elements and surrounding housing development. It has a story to tell. The tale begins with Joanna and Joseph Smith, the first settlers of Blackwell,… Read more »

Screen dreams: some of world’s best coming to film festival

Cathy Dobson Tickets are on sale for this year’s South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF), and executive director Ravi Srinivasan is feeling good about the lineup. “There were too many good films to choose from this year, which means the lineup keeps getting better,” he said. Srinivasan founded Sarnia’s own film festival five years ago,… Read more »

Future of Jackson Pool, Germain Arena up for discussion

Cathy Dobson City residents will get a chance to wade into the discussion about the future of Jackson Pool on Oct. 28 at a 5 p.m. public meeting. They can also comment then on whether they want to redevelop Germain Arena into an indoor multi-purpose sports complex. The future of the two closed recreational facilities… Read more »