Ground Control, we have lift-on

Volunteers enthusiasts and local members of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, Flight 7, remount a vintage F-86 Sabre fighter jet on its pedestal in Germain Park last week. Over the past two years an all-volunteer restoration team has lovingly returned the former Golden Hawks aerial team aircraft to its former glory, using a shoestring… Read more »

Santa Parade winners announced

Following are the winning entries in the Sarnia Kinsmen’s Christmas Parade of Lights held Dec. 6 Best overall theme float: Steeves and Rozema Special mention group: Sarnia Street Machines Most entertaining entry: JD Lawn Service Best school/youth entry: Harmony for Youth Best industrial entry: Suncor Energy Products Best commercial entry: Precision Transmission and Driveline Best… Read more »

Municipal tax hike approved

Sarnia council has approved a 3.93% municipal tax increase for the coming year, adding another $33 in property taxes on every $100,000 in residential assessment. The $125-million spending package includes just under $21 million for policing and $17 million for fire protection. About $18.7 million is set aside for capital projects, including upgrades to the… Read more »

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 »