Sarnia-Lambton homes at risk for radon gas exposure

Journal Staff Lambton Public health is recommending local residents test their homes for the presence of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in rocks and soil. Long-term exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. A recent Health Canada study found 8.5%… Read more »

Three groups receive Alix Foundation grants

The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation recently provided three community projects with a total of $166,510. St. Clair Child & Youth Services is getting $45,000 to renovate its waiting area and provide a more family- friendly environment. The Kiwanis Club Children’s Animal Farm Foundation received $50,000 to help rebuilt the Carriage House in Canatara Park…. Read more »

Couple turfs front lawn, replaces it with plastic grass

Troy Shantz The grass truly is greener on the other side of Brian and Judy James’ home. Tired of the time and expense demanded by yard maintenance, they hired workers to pull out the sod, flowerbeds and trees last week and replace them with 1,800 square feet of artificial turf. They couldn’t be happier. “We… Read more »

No fish up here

A great blue heron perches on a garage roof behind a residence on Kathleen Avenue last week. Herons are large birds that frequent shorelines and wetlands and eat primarily small fish. It’s not known why this one decided to check out a residential neighbourhood in central Sarnia. Glenn Ogilvie

Actor admires Belle for seeing beauty in the beast

Cathy Dobson Theatre Sarnia’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast features 26-year-old Hilary Dutourgeerling who says she couldn’t quite believe it when she was cast as the main character Belle. “Beauty and the Beast was my all-time favourite movie growing up and the first big show I saw on stage in Toronto,” says Dutourgeerling…. Read more »

Cold hard cash was scarce in old Port Sarnia

Phil Egan If you lived in Port Sarnia in the 1840s you probably didn’t have any cash in your pocket. These were the days before Confederation, and before the arrival of the railroad. Barter was the most common method of trade in a village that was still relatively isolated. If you wanted something at George… Read more »

Nursing home shows interest in redeveloping SCITS property

Cathy Dobson Vision Nursing Home on Wellington Street has expressed interest in redeveloping the 94-year-old SCITS building once the public school board closes it. The high school isn’t slated for closure until 2017 or 2018, depending on when renovations are complete at the former St. Clair Secondary site. However, the non-profit nursing and rest home… Read more »

Celebration of Lights switched on Friday

Brett McCallum, left, and Amber Druer replace old bulbs as part of an energetic group of 60 Alexander Mackenzie Secondary students who converged on Centennial Park last week to help prepare the Celebration of Lights. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the flag court at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 to officially switch… Read more »

Week of Nov. 17

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Thursday, Nov. 17 Cooking Class Rapids Family… Read more »

Sensory deprivation tanks offer calming experience

Cathy Dobson It’s a feeling like you’ve never had before, explains Nicole Warner, co-owner of the new Zen Float Center on Christina Street. “For the first time in your life, you don’t have to focus on lights, sound, gravity or even touch,” she said. “You literally feel like you’re floating in space.” Warner and partner… Read more »