Local Goodwill not impacted by closure

The abrupt closure of Goodwill Industries in Toronto, eastern, central and northern Ontario for financial reasons will have no impact on local operations, officials say. Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton is an autonomous operation and unlike its counterpart in Toronto is on a strong financial footing and growing, CEO Kevin Smith said. The agency’s workforce… Read more »

Nominations open for Sports Hall of Fame

Dan McCaffery Special to The Journal The Sarnia-Lambton Sports Hall of Fame is looking for some new blood. Specifically, the organization has put out a call for resumes from volunteers interested in serving on its board of directors. At the same time, it is welcoming suggestions from the public for possible inductees for the class… Read more »

Sarnia Journal Trivia Challenge

1 – What nickname was given to the skull and crossbones flag that pirate ships flew? 2 – Over 10,000 local enthusiastic residents gathered downtown recently for what two-day event? 3 – What two flavours make mocha? 4 – This weekend’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at the Holiday Inn will be raising money for what… Read more »

Mild winter, open water impacting Lake Huron

Jack Poirier Winter’s late start has delayed ice formation on the Great Lakes, raising the potential for some extreme weather and other adverse impacts to come, Environment Canada say. “There is the real possibility that strong lake effect snow and snow squall activity could continue later into the season,” said meteorologist Geoff Coulson. “The longer… Read more »

Business owners reminded to clear snow

Sarnia has issued a warning to commercial property owners who fail to clear snow from abutting sidewalks. In some cases, businesses have been clearing their lots and dumping the snow on sidewalks, creating an even bigger safety hazard. Letters have been delivered to operators in the downtown area and other commercial businesses reminding them of… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: What was old is new again

Nadine Wark It is assuring to see that some old things do become new again. For example, weekly board game nights started up recently at the library. The board games themselves weren’t familiar to me but their suggestion certainly brought back many memories. All year round there are a variety of board games available and… Read more »

Outdoor rink to help underprivileged kids

Cathy Dobson Graham Holmes doesn`t mind the numb toes or frost forming on his face. That just means Canadian winter has finally arrived and he can finally finish the outdoor rink where he soon plans to welcome the entire community. Holmes is founder and president of a fledgling non-profit called Empower Play. He works with a… Read more »

Business Journal: Therapist filling need for couples counselling

Cathy Dobson Ronnie Littlewood admits even she was a little amazed by the satisfaction she derived from her first several months of counselling couples in troubled marriages. “It’s so surprising when people come to me with nothing but hateful words for one another, and see their relationship through a new lens after the first session,”… Read more »

OPINION: Insert bad headline here

George Mathewson An old friend tells the tale of a reporter who covered an event one weekend only to have the following headline appear over his story: “10,000 attend Grand Bend burgerfest.” The problem? When typing out burgerfest someone dropped the letter “r.” Headlines are meant to quickly draw attention to a story and suggest… Read more »

Letters, week of Jan. 21

Why didn’t churches help homeless shelter? Sir: I applaud the efforts of the Refugee Committee to raise money for Syrian refugees to relocate in Sarnia, but have any of these people ever heard the expression, “Take care of business in your own yard first.” Where were these church groups when River City Vineyard was attacked… Read more »