Science Fair: Teen builds nuclear fusion reactor in his basement

George Mathewson In the basement of a suburban Camlachie home, Caleb Winder is recreating the internal workings of the sun. With a little deuterium, a vacuum chamber and 35,000 volts of electricity, the 15-year-old has built a nuclear fusion reactor that he’s entering in the Lambton County Science Fair. Winder culled the reactor’s parts from… Read more »

Cinderella Story: Prom and grad dresses ready for distribution

Journal Staff  The halls at 109 Durand St. will soon be filled with happy teenage girls choosing their special prom or graduation dresses for free. It’s the sixth annual Prom Dress Boutique, a two-day event hosted by the Cinderella Story of Sarnia-Lambton. This year the volunteers with the Cinderella Story have collected more than 900… Read more »

Game on: Dad creates a free, fun outlet for girls

Cathy Dobson Five-year-old Ella Boisvert has been known to fall asleep in her bed holding her lacrosse stick. That’s how much she loves the sport. Ella is one of a growing group of little girls who play a unique brand of field lacrosse each week in Sarnia parks. Brian DeWagner, a father of two young… Read more »

A new fleece on life

A new cast of characters has been delivered to the Children’s Animal Farm, just in time for Easter weekend. Young visitors are delighting the newborn rabbits, goats, lambs, guinea pigs and chicks. Here, Freddie Parker, 2, and his aunt Ashton Parsons of Sarnia, get up close and personal with the help of Terilyn Langis, a… Read more »

Support pours in for city woman with inoperable cancer

Tara Jeffrey Michelle Fines is facing the fight of her life, but she’s got the support of an entire community behind her. “It’s been amazing,” said Kevin Fines, brother to the Sarnia native who, at age 30, is facing her second battle with cancer. “My phone has been ringing off the hook with people reaching… Read more »

Groundbreaking for Habitat’s “faith-build” home

People from various faith communities were preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, April 1 at Sarnia’s next Habitat for Humanity home. Fourteen teams from 21 local churches and faith organizations will take ownership for one building day of the project, which is Habitat’s 34th local home and first ever ‘Faith Build.’ When complete, a… Read more »

Top businesses honoured at glittery showcase

Journal Staff The business elite of Sarnia-Lambton donned their finery Friday night for the 26th annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards. An audience of more 450 packed the black tie event at Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre to watch the awards presentations. Eighty-six nominees were up for 15 awards in categories ranging from accessibility and diversity to business… Read more »

Ice rider feeling the heat

Journal Staff Military officials confirmed last week they are investigating a naval diver who sparked a massive search and rescue effort after being spotted riding ice floes in the St. Clair River. Curt Brown, a member of a London naval reserve unit, donned a black dry suit and flippers, entered the river and rode broken… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      How many standard time zones are there in the world? 2.      This is no April Fool’s Joke: Locally, what will be closing for resurfacing and undercoating for three months (scheduled April 1 to July 1)? 3.      Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon star as Oscar and Felix in what 2015 TV sitcom? 4…. Read more »