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OPINION: Election had some surprises

George Mathewson Following a sleepy campaign there were some genuine surprises on election night in Sarnia last week. One was the marginal increase in voter turnout, to 37% from 33% four years ago. It means that a few thousand additional people took the time to help select the men and women who lead the city… Read more »

Big Band giving our symphony a boost

Marco Vigliotti A musical blast from the past is seeking to bolster the coffers of Bluewaterland’s acclaimed symphony orchestra. The Imperial Theatre will play host next week to the “Big Band Blast,” a concert by the Bluewater Big Band -under the direction of Tim Hummel and featuring jazz vocalist Sonja Gustafson- in support of the… Read more »

Heavy equipment in place at Cull Drain Bridge

Workers from Ross Steel Fabricators are on-site at the Cull Drain Bridge on Old Lakeshore Road, Journal reader Rick Smith reports. City council voted in September to spend $230,000 to demolish the unsafe bridge but save its steel trusses, to be trucked to Mike Weir Park for possible future preservation. The derelict structure was declared… Read more »

A shore thing: water plant frontage to be rebuilt this winter

Journal Staff The shoreline that rims the Lambton Area Water Supply System plant is getting a facelift. Stepped armour stone like that at the adjacent Point Edward waterfront will be installed from the public washrooms on LAWSS property to the lighthouse at the foot of Fort Street. Some existing concrete blocks that have shifted where Lake… Read more »

Muslims report no backlash in Sarnia

Marco Vigliotti Sarnia’s Muslim Association has condemned the attacks on Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and Quebec as “senseless” acts that “go against Islam and all of its teachings.” Aruba Mahmud, the group’s outreach and education secretary, says the deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the hands of suspected radical Islamists… Read more »

Knights get their due: ’62 city football team sent five players to NCAA

Barry Wright It took five decades, but the remarkable Sarnia Junior Knights Football Club has been recognized for its 1962 championship run. The collection of high school stars from Central, Northern, SCITS and St. Patrick’s was inducted recently into the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame. “There was a flood of memories,” said Jerry Stewart,… Read more »

Sting to honour top scorers

Barry Wright Former Sting sniper Jon Sim is returning to Sarnia to watch the team raise his “50 Goal Club” banner to the rafters at the RBC Centre. The ceremony will take place before Sarnia’s game against the Oshawa Generals on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Sim was a member of the inaugural Sting… Read more »

Career Centre provides job skills

Marco Vigliotti Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on the Goodwill Career Centre Job seekers turning to the Goodwill Career Centre for assistance in finding employment represent a diverse cross-section of Sarnia-Lambton, ranging from new graduates to older workers, supervisors say. “For some people, it’s their very first job. For others,… 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 »