Fourth Conservative contender enters the ring

Local journalist J.D. Booth is the fourth declared contender to challenge for the Sarnia-Lambton Conservative nomination in the next federal election. “I believe I bring a unique set of skills and experience to the table when it comes to succeeding (MP) Pat Davidson in this key role as our representative in Ottawa,” said Booth, who… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Made in Sarnia: New worker training program to be used nationwide

Marco Vigliotti Training courses for hazardous workplace materials created by a Sarnia-based company will soon be used by businesses nationwide. LEHDER Environmental Services devised the web-based program to educate worker about the Global Harmonized System, a new government mandated classification scheme for dangerous or controlled workplace products. The new system replaces the long-standing Workplace Hazardous… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Dec. 11

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public 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 Wednesday, Dec. 10 Santa’s Carbon Footprint… Read more »

Over the moon: United Way hits record target ahead of schedule

Cathy Dobson Never before in the history of Sarnia-Lambton’s United Way has so much money been raised in one campaign. The 2014 campaign has exceeded its $1,920,000 goal by $30,000, and jumped 1.5% ahead of last year’s results. Not only is the goal met and exceeded it’s weeks earlier than usual, said executive director Dave… Read more »