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Reigning monarchs: Raising butterflies a rewarding hobby

George Mathewson “Here’s one,” says Karen Durance, flipping over a leaf to reveal a tiny white dot. It’s an egg, the size of a pinhead. And if all goes well, in three weeks another monarch butterfly will leave her Sarnia backyard and head for Mexico. “It’s absolutely amazing to see it,” says Durance, who expects… Read more »

Sisters launch beautiful partnership

Cathy Dobson Tammy Kidd and Lori Metcalfe are sisters who don’t just get along, they enjoy working together too and are about to become business partners. The opening at their new Moya Medical Esthetics clinic on Exmouth Street is set for Sept. 2 The furniture is arriving, a fresh coat of paint is on the… Read more »

Time to jazz it up

Journal Staff Tickets are on sale now for the 14th annual Can Am Jazz event featuring Dr. George Delgrosso and a roster of local and regional musical artists. Can Am Jazz is held every year and supports the Sarnia Community Foundation and the Bluewater Health Foundation. This year’s lineup begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug…. Read more »

City rallies to help injured cabbie

Cathy Dobson Residents are rallying with generosity and kindness to help a Sarnia cab driver recovering from a knife attack, say organizers of a benefit for Roy Leckie. “We live in an amazing community,” said Joan Lowe, who is planning a fundraiser to help Leckie and his wife pay bills in coming months. She’s been… Read more »

Area MPP tests leadership waters

Heather Wright Monte McNaughton is touring the province to gauge support for a run at the Ontario Conservative Party leadership. The Lambton-Middlesex-MPP intends to visit 107 ridings by Oct. 20 building a “new conservative coalition” while testing support for the party’s top job. He’s also launched a website – where people can follow the… Read more »

Gallery in the Grove hits milestone

Gallery in the Grove has achieved a major milestone in community building. The volunteer-run gallery recently distributed five more $1,000 scholarships to local students hoping to pursue a post-secondary education in the arts. That pushed to more than $100,000 the amount the small organization has distributed to students since its inception in 1982. A committee… Read more »

Waiting for the water walkers

High winds and heavy waves delayed the Bkezhigomi unity paddle and water walk as it approached Sarnia on Aug. 13. Waiting at the Blue Water Bridge for the participants were Daisy White, 11, Angel Riley, 11 and Raven Kicknosway, 11, all of Walpole Island. The event, in which First Nations walked and paddled from Kettle… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Unsung hero deserves an award

Sharon Crowe I would like to tell you about an extraordinary person I know … Mike Blondin is his name. He lives in Bright’s Grove where he grew up, a stones’ throw from Huron House Boys’ Home where I work. The Boys’ Home is a respected residential facility that’s been helping teenaged boys for 44 years and… Read more »

City teen swaps prom for Denmark

Some Sarnians are content if their hometown is their whole world. But at least one local teen says it’s important to explore the world beyond her hometown. That’s why 17-year-old Alysha Bork is a traveller. This week, she left for Denmark on a year-long Rotary exchange that will take her away from all that is… Read more »

OPINION: In defence of Bluewater Power

With skyrocketing energy rates strangling the economy and the fat cats at Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro bagging outrageous salaries, it’s no wonder “hydro” has become a dirty word. The billing practices of Hydro One are a mess. Just ask the customers who signed up for pre-authorized payments and had their accounts mysteriously cleaned… Read more »