WHAT’S HAPPENING, week if Nov. 27

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, Nov. 26 Bridge Luncheon Dunlop… Read more »

Damaging winds buffet city

Technicians from Bluewater Power repair a damaged traffic light at the intersection of London Road and Brock Street on Monday, Nov. 24. Stiff winds kept crews busy throughout the day as gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour rocked the region. In central Lambton, Hydro One reported about 3,400 customers lost power in parts… Read more »

Preventing suicide: Family determined to open Sarnia drop-in centre

Journal Staff A Sarnia family is working to open a 24-hour drop-in centre for adults and youth in crisis. The Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention has asked Sarnia council for $23,000 to cover start-up costs. The new foundation has a board of directors and applied for Ontario Trillium Foundation funding, said Teresa Ingles, whose… Read more »

OPINION: Three engineering feats that shaped Sarnia

George Mathewson Rome wasn’t built in a day. Sarnia took about 200 years. Here are three engineering feats that shaped the city we call home today. Cull Drain In 1855 an engineer named James Cull pitched the idea of digging a canal to drain a vast marshland that stretched from today’s Modeland Road to Bright’s… Read more »

STREET NAMES: Proctor named for master craftsman

George Mathewson Proctor Street was named for George Alfred Proctor: carpenter, preacher, mayor of Sarnia. His skills as a contractor and builder can still be seen today in beautiful buildings he left across Ontario. The born the son of pioneer settlers in Moore Township in 1842, Proctor attended school in Corunna and moved to Sarnia… Read more »

Operation Christmas Tree now plugged in

A long-running fundraising drive that brightens the holidays for hundreds of less fortunate families in St. Clair Township is now accepting donations. The 33rd edition of Operation Christmas Tree organized by the Moore Optimist Club aims to fill and distribute hampers of food vouchers and toys to about 140 local families. “Each family receives a… Read more »

Warden’s job up for grabs

Sarnia councillor Bev MacDougall is one of three people seeking to become the next warden of Lambton County. MacDougall was unsuccessful in an earlier attempt. Petrolia Mayor John McCharles and St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold also hope to lead the county federation. County councillors will elect the warden and deputy warden Dec. 10 in… Read more »

Will Sarnia see more armed police at public events?

Marco Vigliotti The heavily-armed police officers present at this year’s Remembrance Day services is not the new normal for public events in Sarnia, the police chief says. Sarnia Police officers in tactical gear armed with C-8 paramilitary rifles were stationed around the perimeter of the large crowd that gathered at the library cenotaph on Nov…. Read more »

Seaway Sounds: Making people happy in four-part harmony

Cathy Dobson Carol Gilmurray never really knew she could sing. “I mean I felt I was somewhat musical but I hadn’t found my range,” she explains. That is, until she retired. Then she thought she’d pursue something completely different and began looking for singing lessons. She found the Seaway Sounds a cappella group not only… Read more »

MP Pat Davidson stepping down

Heather Wright Special to The Journal A would-be successor to Pat Davidson has announced his intention of seeking the Conservative nomination in Sarnia-Lambton. Pete Aarssen, 52, is a regional director of Freedom 55 Financial and Canadian Forces veteran who has served on the boards of the Canadian Hearing Society and Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce. Aarssen… Read more »