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GUEST COLUMN: Don’t run your dog beside a bicycle

Sheila Kozmin On that very hot first Friday of this past September local temperatures hovered at 30 C., feeling more like 39 C. with the humidex factored in. While comfortably driving in my air-conditioned car I was aghast to observe a woman riding her bicycle at a fair clip while forcing her leashed dog to… Read more »

Northern senior boys win homecoming game

Jordan Walsh of the Northern Viking senior football team leaps over a defensive player from Chatham Lancers to score a touchdown during the city school’s homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 26. Northern was victorious 38-10. Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

Respected local politician passes

Ken James was a devoted public figure and two-term MP for Sarnia-Lambton. He died, surrounded by family, on Sept. 24, at the age of 80. James grew up on the family’s Blackwell Road farm and was a marketing and sales manager before entering politics. In the former Sarnia Township he served as a councillor and… Read more »

Clara Hughes to speak

Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at a Bluewater Health fundraising gala Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn. Tickets to hear the inspirational athlete and mental health advocate are $250, with proceeds to the hospital’s mental health and addiction programs. Hughes is the only Canadian to have won… Read more »

Nutritional consultant puts focus on prevention

Cathy Dobson Lisa Matlovich likes to put the whole picture together before advising a client. As a registered nutritional consultant, she says it’s important to take into consideration all the factors that impact her clients’ health, not just what they eat. If there’s a doctor involved, she wants to know what they say. If there… Read more »

Boys’ Brigade Hall had long history

John Rochon Many local residents have fond memories of the old Sarnia Armoury, located where our city hall sits today. But fewer would remember when it was a movie theatre, and even fewer could recall its original purpose. The Boys’ Brigade was an organization founded by William A. Smith in Glasgow, Scotland in 1883, and… Read more »

OPINION: Baseballers gives council paws

George Mathewson A quiet turf war is underway pitting poodles against pitchers, and shortstops against shih tzus. In April, Sarnia approved a south-end dog park to provide dog owners with the city’s second leash-free zone. It seemed ideal. City staff liked the concept and foresaw no problems. A group called the Clearwater Dog Park Committee… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.  In 1994, what OHL franchise moved to Sarnia and became the Sarnia Sting? 2. What 90-year-old English film director and Oscar winner for the film Gandhi, passed away in late August? 3. To pay for its upkeep, how was money raised to maintain Plank Road from 1862 until 1926? 4.   What comes before “Rattle… Read more »

Acoustic trick at scenic lookout leaves us baffled

George Mathewson We’ve answered some unusual reader questions in ‘What’s Up With That?’ this year. On this one, however, we failed. The water plant operated by the Lambton Area Water Supply System features a circular observation deck on a hill overlooking Lake Huron where it enters the St. Clair River. In the centre of this… Read more »

Casino workers vote to unionize

Cathy Dobson Fear that a potential privatization could shake things up at the Point Edward Casino has galvanized gaming and hospitality workers into voting overwhelmingly in favour of unionizing, says Unifor organizer Bob Van Cleef. “It happened very, very quickly; less than a month from start to finish,” he told The Journal. The vote took… Read more »