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St. Clair grad wins Canadian soccer crown

Barry Wright Denver Spearman is basking in the glory of a national championship. The 22-year-old St. Clair Secondary graduate was part of the London-Marconi side that won the Canadian Club Soccer Championship last month in the GTA. The game was scoreless through regulation and extra time before Marconi beat Calgary Caledonians on penalty kicks, 4-2,… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      The Straits of Mackinac connect what two bodies of water? 2.      London is known as “The Forest City”; Chatham, “The Maple City”.  Sarnia adopted the nickname “The ___________ City” when the Governor General visited on May 7, 1914. 3.      What Chinese villain created by Sax Rohmer lent his name to a style of a… Read more »

Sarnia’s mayor calls this year’s budget “toughest ever”

Marco Vigliotti City taxpayers face the unenviable option of higher taxes or fewer services under the proposed 2015 budget. The spending blueprint recently unveiled to the new council recommends a 6% property tax increase – much higher than the 2% target the outgoing council gave city staff. Finance director Brian McKay said municipal insurance costs, salaries… Read more »

Plan to displace Nature Trail for road has stiff opposition

Marco Vigliotti The long-planned extension of The Rapids Parkway on the Howard Watson Nature Trail could lead to other intrusions on the beloved path, warns a man spearheading a campaign to halt the project. Tom Bernard says building a road over the trail where it passes beneath Highway 402 is a dangerous precedent that would… Read more »

Superbug leaves Sarnia woman paralyzed

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman who once owned a local party store and liked nothing better than to make others smile is now in desperate need. Sue VanEkeren, 51, is bedridden at Parkwood Rehabilitation Centre in London virtually unable to move from the neck down. Her family has been told she will be discharged Dec…. Read more »

Sarnia Roadrunners still going strong after 43 years

Barry Wright Members of the Sarnia Roadrunners Association have run countless thousands of kilometers since the group’s inception in 1971. “We’ve had kids as young as three running – with their parents of course – all the way up to runners in who are 75 plus,” said president Glen Crawford. Runners do one and three… Read more »

Lambton County at higher risk for cancer-causing basement gas

Marco Vigliotti A 2012 Health Canada study found 8.5 per cent of Lambton County residents live in homes with radon concentrations above the current guideline – higher than the Ontario average of 8.2 per cent and the national average of 6.5 per cent. Those numbers, however, offer very little insight into the odds of recording… Read more »

Renowned scientist’s passion for aquatic life began in Sarnia

Marco Vigliotti As a child growing up in Sarnia, Karen Kidd developed an affinity for water that she credits with helping shape her distinguished academic career. The stark contrast in her hometown of picturesque water and smoking petrochemical facilities familiarized the renowned scientist at a young age with what would become her life’s work –… Read more »

Volunteers find secret hidden in old steam engine

George Mathewson Volunteers restoring the steam engine in Centennial Park have made a surprising discovery about its past. The massive locomotive has welding marks – like scars from major surgery – that confirm it was once involved in a violent collision. “We don’t know what it hit, or where it happened, but it took the… Read more »

College transmutes in-house inspiration into artistic gold

Cathy Dobson Lois Nantais gets animated when she talks about art, particularly the new Lambton College exhibit she’s co-ordinating at the Lawrence House. “I absolutely took a risk and I’m really proud of how it turned out,” says Nantais, a writer and poet who teaches at Lambton. “Art is ever-present at the college. It’s what… Read more »