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Marinaro and new partner aim for nationals

Barry Wright Michael Marinaro says the 2014-15 figure skating season is about building for the future. After ending a seven-year partnership with Strathroy’s Margaret Purdy this year, the 22-year-old product of the Point Edward Figure Skating Club teamed up with Waterloo’s Kirsten Moore-Towers six months ago to form a new pairs skating team. “It’s a… Read more »

Sax player credits autism for musical gift

Tara Jeffrey Chris Molyneaux remembers well the day he discovered his gift for music. “I was about nine years old, riding in the truck with my dad, and Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’ came on the radio,” said the 21-year-old Sarnia musician. “I went home, sat down at the piano, and just started playing that song…. Read more »

Made in Sarnia: New worker training program to be used nationwide

Marco Vigliotti Training courses for hazardous workplace materials created by a Sarnia-based company will soon be used by businesses nationwide. LEHDER Environmental Services devised the web-based program to educate worker about the Global Harmonized System, a new government mandated classification scheme for dangerous or controlled workplace products. The new system replaces the long-standing Workplace Hazardous… Read more »

Over the moon: United Way hits record target ahead of schedule

Cathy Dobson Never before in the history of Sarnia-Lambton’s United Way has so much money been raised in one campaign. The 2014 campaign has exceeded its $1,920,000 goal by $30,000, and jumped 1.5% ahead of last year’s results. Not only is the goal met and exceeded it’s weeks earlier than usual, said executive director Dave… Read more »

Rayjon shifts gears: humanitarian agency focuses more on training local leaders

Tara Jeffrey Rayjon is changing the way it looks at Haiti. “We’re giving them tools – not just handouts,” said Dr. Glen Maddison, medical advisor of the grassroots not-for-profit aimed at enhancing life for Haitians in poverty. The local doctor said it wasn’t until recently that he experienced a shift in perspective regarding Rayjon’s role… Read more »

New body care shop getting in its lycks

Cathy Dobson Owners of the new Lyck body care shop are banking that their all-natural product lines and a little sassy marketing will spell success. Lyck Natural Bodycare Inc. opened downtown at 190 Christina St. North in late November, just in time to hold a grand opening celebration on First Friday. The store is the… Read more »

Innovative Giving Tuesday campaign draws on collective spirit

Journal Staff Giving Tuesday Sarnia-Lambton describes itself as a movement. And it appears to be spreading, if a popular YouTube video of a flash mob at Lambton Mall is any indication. GivingTuesday began last year in Canada as a way to give and volunteer on the “opening day of the giving season” after Black Friday… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.    The town of Bedrock is the setting for what highly successful TV cartoon series?   2.    In April 2004, Huron View Park was renamed what? 3.    Which Christmas movie classic contains the quotation, “Remember no man is a failure who has friends”?   4.    Starting last week and continuing until the end of December,… Read more »

Santa’s helpers at Winter Wonderland

Elves Telessa Salmikivi and Madeline McGregor were among the helpers at family-friendly Winter Wonderland featuring wagon rides, reindeer, children’s choirs held Nov. 30 at DeGroot’s Nursery. Glenn Ogilvie

City man wins national award

Marco Vigliotti A Sarnia man has received national recognition for his decades of volunteer work. The Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada granted Jack Smith a national award of distinction for his efforts improving the Sarnia-Lambton chapter and the way it delivers health care. “Obviously, it’s a great experience, for something you love doing anyway,”… Read more »