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 »

ISO show brings the sounds of Christmas

The International Symphony Orchestra is bringing the sounds of the season to Sarnia. The ISO’s traditional Christmas show “The Trumpet Shall Sound” includes choruses from Handel’s The Messiah, featuring Canadian bass-baritone Andrew Tees; as well as excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s much-loved The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, among other selections. Under the baton of Maestro Douglas Bianchi, the… Read more »

Red Ribbon raises green for MADD

Voluntary Toll Day raised $12,560 for the local chapter of MADD Canada. Sarnia Police, Lambton OPP and 35 Lambton College students assisted in the one-day drive by fanning out across the community to collect for the Red Ribbon project. The money, up slightly from last year, is used to help decrease the number of impaired… Read more »

Health study funding

The federal government has been asked for $1.76 million over five years to push ahead with a community health study. A local board was formed in 2008 to bring about a comprehensive health study to determine what impact environmental pollution has had on the local population. The Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association has offered $1.4 million toward… Read more »

The secret life of Canatara Park

Vanessa Hrvatin Before gassing up the car and driving to Point Pelee, there is somewhere closer to home that offers equally incredible wildlife: Canatara Park. “Some say Canatara Park is like the Pelee of the North,” says Sarnia’s Eric Marcum, active birder and president elect of Lambton Wildlife Incorporated. “Canatara is also much smaller than… Read more »

Awaiting winter’s arrival

Susan and Mark Woodhouse, of Bright’s Grove, are bundled up for winter as they walk along Old Lakeshore Road with their dog guide, Fisher. The trio were undaunted by the stiff November winds, but were walking a little faster than their usual summer pace. Glenn Ogilvie