City boy’s yarn has happy ending

George Mathewson It was a broken iPad that led Michael Kabat to become an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Informed by his mom he’d need to pay half the $150 repair bill, the 11-year-old Sarnia boy taught himself how to knit infinity scarves. He did it by watching a YouTube video and then launched a business. He… Read more »

Some green sought for greying city

Sarnia is seeking funding to make the city a friendlier place for older residents. A provincial grant of $35,000, if approved, would be used to hire a project co-ordinator to develop a plan in tandem with community members and groups. Sarnia could then access up to $1.5 million for a variety of “age-friendly” improvements, including… Read more »

Booth bumped from race

The number of candidates seeking Sarnia-Lambton’s federal Conservative nomination is down to three. Journalist J.D. Booth said he was informed by national party representatives Jan. 16 he’s ineligible to run because he hasn’t been a party member for six month. Booth said he is disappointed, noting the rule has been waived for other Conservative candidates…. Read more »

A third generation of backyard rink-making

George Mathewson You hear it before you see it, the snick of blades on ice and the thump of puck on boards. The rink Bill Rose has built behind his Isabella Street home is more than 70×30 foot patch of ice. It’s also a neighbourhood magnet and cultural tradition as old as Canada itself. Every… Read more »

Making tracks

Sled tracks wind their way to an ice fishing hut in the Sarnia Yacht Club basin in this photo taken Thursday by reader Rick Smith, who used a tripod and 300 mm lens. Local anglers have reported catching brown and rainbow trout though the ice around Sarnia this past week. Photo courtesy, Rick Smith

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      The majority of people worldwide (55%) have what colour eyes? 2.      Dr. Ken Walker and Mrs. Deb Walker are on this year’s Mayor’s List for their organization and promotion of what annual summer event in Bright’s Grove? 3.      Which Canadian comedian of TV and movie fame has created such characters as Ed Grimley and… Read more »

Sarnia Sting hockey team sold

Barry Wright Rumours about the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting being sold have been flying around the community for months, but the sale is now official, pending league and municipal approval. Sting owners Rob and Larry Ciccarelli announced at a hastily called news conference Thursday that the team has been sold to former and current… Read more »

‘Amazing’ cerebral palsy camp could shut down

Tara Jeffrey An innovative summer camp shown to drastically improve the lives of children and youth with Cerebral Palsy is at risk of shutting its doors in Sarnia. “It’s touch and go every year — we just don’t know,” said Christa Maclaggan, secretary for the Southwestern Ontario Optimist Conductive Education program. Its hosts camps in… Read more »