Train petition delivered

Local Liberals intend to make reduced passenger train service in Sarnia a campaign issue in this year’s federal election. A petition calling for the restoration of the city’s VIA service was presented to Parliament on behalf of the Sarnia-Lambton Federal Liberal Association in December. “This is our last hurrah,” said president Eileen Viola.  “Our mid-day… Read more »

College gala award winners

Lambton College will honour five individuals and organizations on Jan. 29 for their professional, volunteer or philanthropic work. This year’s Distinguished Awards Gala winners are: Norma Cox, The William G. Davis Founder’s Award Lakeside Process Controls, The Lambton College Foundation Award of Merit Allison Vickerd, The Lambton College Alumni Award of Distinction Gerry Eede, Professor… Read more »

Canatara Park tree removal

The area of Canatara Park known as Tarzanland will be closed to the public until Feb. 14 to allow for the removal of dead and dangerous ash trees. The impacted area, home to numerous large trees killed by the emerald ash borer, fronts Christina Street between Michigan Avenue and Lake Chipican Drive. When that section… Read more »

City women win lottery

Two Sarnia women have won the grand prize in the London hospital Dream Lottery, worth $1 million. Mary Anic and Marcy DiMaria split the winning ticket, which was drawn Thursday. It was the second major lottery win for DiMaria, who won the Bluewater Health Foundation dream home in 1999. The grand prize provides the winners… Read more »

Round Dance: Aboriginal student event invites everyone into the circle

Cathy Dobson Powwows have been held at Lambton College for years as a way for native students to share their traditions and culture. But the president of the Aboriginal Students’ Council wanted to add another major cultural event and involve the community beyond the college. So White Lightning Clark, a 22-year-old police foundations student, appealed… Read more »

Floral designer’s business blossoming

Cathy Dobson Sue Downey is banking on her reputation as a designer with an eye for what’s beautiful and functional to make her new flower business a success. “People in this area know my work. They know me from other places where I’ve been, including my mom’s shop,” she said. Downey opened Flowers Forever, Designs… Read more »

Paws button: It is all fun and games at doggie daycare

Journal Staff Anyone who finds a mob of toddlers a handful hasn’t been to doggie daycare. At The Dog House on London Line, if the pooches aren’t chasing each other around the floor they’re jumping on and under the Fisher Price children’s equipment or running after balls. A few laze around, taking life easy. The… Read more »

Cheat sheet: Crackdown on dishonest students making impact at Lambton College

Cathy Dobson Cheaters are on the run at Lambton College. Of 3,800 full-time students enrolled last semester, 58 were caught cheating and faced disciplinary action. That’s down from 99 in the fall semester of 2012 when the school’s Centre for Academic Integrity (CAI) was established. A decrease in cheating of more than 40% is something… Read more »

The permanent residents of Lakeview Cemetery do tell tales

George Mathewson Peter Pennington had a bounty of $800 placed on his head when he and a group of other black slaves escaped from their Maryland masters in 1856. Fleeing north on the “Underground Railroad,” Pennington made his way to Sarnia, became a fisherman and apparently got on well. When he died in 1884 he… Read more »