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The sad death of the Hamonic

John Rochon The passenger steamer the Hamonic was one of the famous “Three Sisters” of the Great Lakes, built for the Northern Navigation Co. by the Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. Elegantly appointed, she made her first regular cruise on June 23, 1909.  The seven-day loop left from Detroit to Sarnia, up Lake Huron to the St…. Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      A subject of a Gordon Lightfoot song, what ship sank in Lake Superior 39 years ago last week? 2.      What Lambton County town is named after a famous battle in the early 19th century Napoleonic Wars, a battle which occurred near a town of the same name in Spain? 3.      Who was Michael Jackson’s… Read more »

New lounge cozies up to comfort food

Cathy Dobson Tania Auger has always embraced change. In fact, she thrives on it. That’s why she and her staff spent four days in late October completely redecorating her restaurant at 549 Murphy Rd., converting it from a Mexican eatery to a cozy New York-style lounge called Chow Ciao. “It’s much warmer with a lot… Read more »

Sarnia hoops star headed to Vermont

Barry Wright One of Sarnia’s premier women athletes is heading to the University of Vermont on a Division 1 basketball scholarship. Lauren Handy, 17, will begin her academic and athletic career with the Catamounts next September, but will head east in late spring and take some summer courses prior to the rigors of the college… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Sarnia-Lambton Gives, one text at a time

I remember one of my high school teachers saying to me, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” It was during one of those frequent discussions in religion class about the benefits of giving to others, helping the less fortunate; basically doing unto others … I’m sure you’ve heard a variation of the speech… Read more »

OPINION: The incredible shrinking city

George Mathewson The wicked storm that spoiled Halloween for so many trick or treaters on Oct. 31 also did a number on Sarnia’s lakefront. Monstrous waves scrolled farther inland than normal, uprooted and hauled off trees and took away decking planks, lawn chairs and at least one kayak, residents report. A 40-foot section of seawall… Read more »

Sarnia woman survives 50 years with diabetes

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Kathy Witheridge proudly opens a red velvet case holding her new medal, awarded to her for surviving with Type 1 diabetes for 50 years. On one side the medal reads “Triumph for Man & Medicine.” On the other, “For 50 courageous years with diabetes.” It’s unusual, to say the least. “I’m so… Read more »

Attitude trumps education: employers

Marco Vigliotti Employers value hard work, integrity and attitude more so than any other traits – including work history – when hiring new staff, according to a new study. The 2014 survey by Express Employment Professionals of Canadian franchises suggests personal demeanor is more important to employers than education or specific skills when selecting the… Read more »

Theatre Sarnia staging the family holiday classic

Marco Vigliotti Theatre Sarnia’s production of the yuletide staple “A Christmas Carol” is set to begin at the Imperial Theatre Friday, with producers promising a show to brighten the spirits of the most miserly theatregoer. The company’s interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic fable boasts family-friendly credentials, with a real-life mother-daughter-father-son team taking the stage as… Read more »