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OPINION: On flu, the flag and flunking a job interview

George Mathewson Large quantities of information cross The Journal’s news desk each week and some of it is even interesting. Here is more bumpf that for one reason or another couldn’t find a home elsewhere in the newspaper. Why bugs win If you become infected with the flu virus you are most contagious in the… Read more »

Hay Street named for busy developer

George Mathewson Though he lost his father nearly 45 years ago, Roger Hay sees signs of his dad almost everywhere he goes in Sarnia. Literally. At least nine different city streets have names that originated with developer Lorne Hay, including Lorne Crescent, Hay Street and Hay Court. “It’s cool. I know some of the houses… Read more »

Israel’s curling surge has Sarnia connection

Barry Wright If you think of global powers in men’s curling Israel doesn’t immediately spring to mind.  But Jeff Lutz is out to change that. The 30-year-old member of the Israeli national men’s curling team has been honing his skills this season at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. The Detroit resident has learned the… Read more »

Former Sarnian turns humour into publishing career

Cathy Dobson A Northern Collegiate grad is making a career out of showcasing the humorous stories of ordinary Canadians and making readers laugh. “Some humour is more slapstick, some is wittier,” says Matt Jackson, editor of eight books in a series that’s sold more than 40,000 copies in Canada. His first anthology called “Mugged By… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Live music is the real deal

David Nichols There is a growing evidence to show that listening to live music concerts is not only pleasurable, but a benefit to your physical and emotional health. All of the positive impacts of listening to music are augmented when the music is live. Music promotes relaxation, sharpens our thinking processes, and even alleviates anxieties…. Read more »

Woman left paralyzed by superbug is returning to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman fighting to recover from a devastating superbug attack has been moved to tears by an outpouring of community support, her family says. Sue VanEkeren, 51, remains paralyzed from the neck down but is scheduled to return to Sarnia this week. She contracted an MRSA staph infection last June that spread… Read more »

OPINION: The amazing Sarnian time forgot

George Mathewson Now here’s a resume. A Sarnia guy founds an oil company on Exmouth Street – 19 years before Imperial Oil – buys a ship and becomes the first to export crude to England. He launches a second business, an electric light company, which brings the town its first true streetlights. He founds a… Read more »

Best buds search for a loving home

Vanessa Hrvatin Special to The Journal Brandy and B.J. are inseparable friends who could use a permanent home for Christmas. The female husky and male German shepherd were dropped off at the Humane Society in August. But because they’re bigger, older dogs that come as a pair the shelter can’t find anyone willing to adopt… Read more »

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 »