Books published by Sarnia authors in 2014

It has been a banner year for Sarnia authors, from sports to history, and children’s books to poetry, To help match local readers with local writers The Journal has prepared a compendium of 2014 titles. Here, in no particular order, is Part FiIt has been a banner year for Sarnia authors, from sports to history,… Read more »

Raise the Praise: Alter Boyz take stage at the Imperial Theatre

Marco Vigliotti Local theatre company Diversion Entertainment is bringing a “divinely” inspired musical-comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band to Sarnia next month. Altar Boyz tells the story of the titular music group as they perform on the last night of a national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour. But, as the show progresses, the group begins to… Read more »

Knock … if you dare

This macabre collection of moving figures, flashing lights and severed human heads is ready for trick-or-treaters tonight at 1071 Cathcart Blvd. Owners Natalie Parkkila and Nick Aveling say they’ve just as many scary items in storage as they do out front. And though they’ve never decorated for Christmas before –  only Halloween –  this might… Read more »

No strings attached: Life-size puppets to help teach acceptance

Marco Vigliotti A local puppet troop is being dusted off to educate children and adults alike about multiculturalism and acceptance of people from different backgrounds. The Family Counselling Centre is reviving its “Kids on the Block” program and will start with multiculturalism because it’s a topic ripe for discussion, said project co-ordinator Amy Nazarewich. “There’s… Read more »

City firm’s software a boon to food banks

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia startup is helping food banks around the world get to the root of why people need emergency assistance. “I believe that what we’re going to do will have a big impact,” says Rob Dawson, founder and CEO of Link2Feed, his new company at 1315 Michigan Ave. Link2Feed’s software has been developed… Read more »

Sarnia native wins Emmy Award

Cathy Dobson A lengthy list of television credits and two Daytime Emmys on Dawn Knight’s shelf are proof it’s possible to thrive in the entertainment business north of the border. Knight, 49, grew up in Sarnia, dabbled in drama before graduating from St. Patrick’s High School, and says she always felt like she wanted to… Read more »

Shipping out on a mercy trip

Cathy Dobson A local teen has been approved to volunteer in Africa on the world’s largest private hospital ship. Sophia Kooy, 18, says the mobile hospital was scheduled to anchor at the Republic of Benin, next to Nigeria, but changed its destination to East Africa because of the Ebola outbreak. “The Ebola epidemic requires immediate… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 30

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, Oct. 29 Global Citizenship Summit… Read more »

Small startup businesses filling local job void

Sarnia’s economy is beginning to regain traction, with the number of businesses operating in the region growing by more than 1,000 between 2009 and 2014, according to a new report. The new gains were primarily among very small businesses, while job losses occurred among larger employers, the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board study found. Owner-owned… Read more »

Teens respond to survey on depression, suicidal thoughts

Cathy Dobson A mental health survey that received an “unbelievable” response has found many Lambton-Kent teens feel disconnected but are afraid to ask for help. Lori Brush, mental health lead with the Lambton Kent District School board, said the “Speak Up” survey reflects the opinions of 8,000 students questioned in late 2013. The findings will… Read more »