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 »

Made in Sarnia: New worker training program to be used nationwide

Marco Vigliotti Training courses for hazardous workplace materials created by a Sarnia-based company will soon be used by businesses nationwide. LEHDER Environmental Services devised the web-based program to educate worker about the Global Harmonized System, a new government mandated classification scheme for dangerous or controlled workplace products. The new system replaces the long-standing Workplace Hazardous… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Dec. 11

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, Dec. 10 Santa’s Carbon Footprint… Read more »

Over the moon: United Way hits record target ahead of schedule

Cathy Dobson Never before in the history of Sarnia-Lambton’s United Way has so much money been raised in one campaign. The 2014 campaign has exceeded its $1,920,000 goal by $30,000, and jumped 1.5% ahead of last year’s results. Not only is the goal met and exceeded it’s weeks earlier than usual, said executive director Dave… Read more »

Rayjon shifts gears: humanitarian agency focuses more on training local leaders

Tara Jeffrey Rayjon is changing the way it looks at Haiti. “We’re giving them tools – not just handouts,” said Dr. Glen Maddison, medical advisor of the grassroots not-for-profit aimed at enhancing life for Haitians in poverty. The local doctor said it wasn’t until recently that he experienced a shift in perspective regarding Rayjon’s role… Read more »

New body care shop getting in its lycks

Cathy Dobson Owners of the new Lyck body care shop are banking that their all-natural product lines and a little sassy marketing will spell success. Lyck Natural Bodycare Inc. opened downtown at 190 Christina St. North in late November, just in time to hold a grand opening celebration on First Friday. The store is the… Read more »

Innovative Giving Tuesday campaign draws on collective spirit

Journal Staff Giving Tuesday Sarnia-Lambton describes itself as a movement. And it appears to be spreading, if a popular YouTube video of a flash mob at Lambton Mall is any indication. GivingTuesday began last year in Canada as a way to give and volunteer on the “opening day of the giving season” after Black Friday… Read more »