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JENNA WILKINS of the Northern Collegiate Vikings senior girls volleyball team fields the ball during an LKSSAA round-robin tournament held Feb. 8. The Vikings fell 0-2 to the powerhouse Chatham-Kent Hawks, ranked first among “AAA” schools. The two teams were set to tangle again this week in the Lambton-Kent playoff semi-finals. Bruce Smith, special to The Journal

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ambton College is preparing to celebrate its deep community roots with a whirlwind of contributions made in a single day by as many as 3,000 students and staff. It’s the college’s 50th year in Sarnia, and that deserves to be marked with an event of long-lasting impact, says president Judy Morris. “There is an energy in this community and a commitment to work together that I think is quite rare,” she said. “Lambton College wouldn’t be what we are without it.” To mark its golden anniversary the college will hold eleven events simultaneously in Lambton County on April 5 and install a permanent legacy project in each municipality. In Sarnia, the project involves the planting of 50 birch trees in the Point Lands waterfront park near the Sydney Smith dock. The location was chosen because it has room for a 100-foot swath of trees in a horseshoe around a sculpture, gardens and benches, said Morris. “We spent a lot of time touring Sarnia and worked with the city on the location,” she said. “There is not enough room in Centennial Park but the point lands are really an extension of Centennial and it complements the city’s parks development plan.”

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he Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest is coming home to Centennial Park. “Everything is falling into place,” said Jack Struck, co-chair of the event and a Kinsmen Club of Sarnia member. “We have regular meetings and everybody on the committee is working 110% to make sure this is one of the most successful events we’ve ever had.” The festival July 7-9 will feature six different ‘ribbers,’ live music from local bands, vendors and inflatables with all the money reinvested back into the community, said Struck. “Our model is ‘serving our communities greatest needs,’ and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We believe in it, and we look forward to helping out the community,” said Struck. Among other things, the Kinsmen support the Canada Day parade, Santa Claus parade, Huron House Boys home and Salvation Army. “We have a big list of people in this community that we like to support and help,” he said. “That’s where our money goes.” The Kinsmen re-entry means Sarnia will have two rib festivals this summer. Sarnia Rib Fest, organized by a company called Northern Heat Rib Series, is scheduled for Labour Day weekend Sept. 1-4 at Hiawatha Horse Park. The Kinsmen held its event in Centennial Park from 1999 to 2013, but after contamination was found in the park’s soil shifted to Hiawatha the next two years. Continued on page 2

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Ribfest: Continued from page 1

When the service club cancelled its event in 2016, Northern Heat Rib Series stepped in and organized a rib festival at Hiawatha last September that helped raise money for three local charities. Organizers say they are looking to build on that success and expand to include a “backyard games’ section for adults this year. Struck said feedback about the original Ribfest returning to Centennial Park has been positive. “They’re very happy with the fact that we’re coming downtown because it’s going to be easier to get to,” he said. “We’re going to have more of a family atmosphere, and that’s what they look for.”

AN ARTIST RENDITION of the “legacy feature” Lambton College plans to build in Sarnia’s Point Lands. The sculpture will consist of a series of steel boxes surrounded by a semi-circle of 50 birch trees. Adam Allison image

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will be bussed to the 11 sites across Lambton to do the tree planting. In Sarnia, hundreds more students will participate in other projects intended to give back to the city. For instance, the human resources department will build a cat room at the humane society and another group plans to create a meditation garden at Vision Nursing Home. In total, there are 15 departmental projects to be capped with a barbecue at the college. In the other Lambton municipalities, ten birches and a single box sculpture will be installed. Lambton College was es-

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tablished in 1966 by the Province of Ontario with four programs and 54 students its first year. Over five decades it has grown to 3,800 full-time students with another 6,200 part-time, apprentice and online students. Three major capital projects are underway that will expand the college’s reach and capacity. They include a Health and Research Centre and an Athletic and Fitness Complex, with an estimated cost of $48 million. This year will also see a multi-million-dollar overhaul of the technology wing. The renovation will give the school a greater focus on energy and biotechnologies and demonstrate it commitment to the direction Sarnia is moving, said Morris. “It will really show our allegiance to the community. Having a community to grow hand in hand with us is very special.”

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Linde uses her own large house and fenced backyard to board dogs. On the day I was there, a 160-pound mastiff named Diesel, a little Chihuahua/shih tzu mix named Bella, and a rescue dog named Lexi were boarding at Awesome Paws. They joined Linde’s own two Chihuahuas and together the five dogs had the run of the house and yard. Three rabbits were due to arrive the next day. For $30 a day, dogs can board with Linde and receive two walks each day. “I’m competitively priced with other pet services in our area,” she said. “I think I’m get-

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Young ‘disease detectives’ confirm expert diagnoses liam, a Grade 6 student at Bright’s Grove School. Their case study involved a five-year-old experiencing famine in Sub-Saharan Africa. The boy ate little other than cassava. His black hair had turned a rust colour and his belly was swollen. Will and William suggested the boy had kwashiorkor, a severe case of malnutrition caused by a lack of protein. “Exactly right,” said Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, an infectious disease specialist at Trillium Hospital in Toronto who joined the class remotely to discuss the diagnoses. “You must have had a lot of fun today,” Chakrabarti said. And he would know. Dr. Chakrabarti grew up in Sarnia and was an enrichment student at Errol Road School in the late 1980s.

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iver City Vineyard has big plans to enhance the services it offers Sarnians in need. The 12-bed men’s shelter and food bank is planning to officially reopen this month as River City Sanctuary with more staff, better facilities and improved programs, said manager Owen Vroom. “We are better equipped. I think that all of us are on a bit of a learning curve, and we come up with new ideas and new ways to handle people’s individual situations. Because every person is an individual and they’re always going to have a different problem.” The Sanctuary will continue to offer homeless men an in-house shower program, clothing “store” and learning resources. Something new that’s already successful is a transitional housing program, Vroom said. “We assist people in finding apartments, and the county, through the province, has supplied us with money to help them with their first and last (month’s rent) or subsidize.” Housing has been found for 16 clients, which should help ease pressure on the shelter itself, said volunteer Don Wells. “We’re not trying to make it into a full-time thing. We’re trying to get these guys moving along.” Vroom said the Mitton Street

church’s ability to build relationships with clients sets it apart. “It’s different here because we’re more community oriented. We actually interact and spend a lot of time with the people who stay with us,” he said. Other improvements include additional security, surveillance cameras and heavy-duty lockers for clients to store belongings. River City’s homeless shelter was ordered closed in 2014 following a lengthy battle with the City of Sarnia. Some neighbours had complained about noise and vandalism associated with the operation, prompting the city to argue it didn’t conform to municipal zoning bylaws. But the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the closure order in 2015, saying the shelter had never contravened city bylaws, resolving a court fight that cost taxpayers $168,000. Vroom said the new Sanctuary will do everything it can to ensure its neighbours aren’t impacted. “We don’t want to be seen. We don’t want to be noticed, and we don’t want to make any trouble for anyone.” River City Sanctuary continues to fundraise. Financial donations and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at 260 Mitton St. North.

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Ontario’s massive power switch started in Sarnia in 1950

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ne of our “family heirlooms” is a handcrafted wooden liquor cabinet. Growing up, every one of my four brothers (and some of my five sisters) learned to filch a bottle from it, even though Dad always kept it locked. The cabinet was presented to my father when he left Canadian Comstock in 1951, and serves as a reminder of one of the most massive exercises undertaken in Ontario – the frequency conversion of 1950. The Sarnia Consumers Gas Company had introduced electricity to Sarnia in August of 1894 with one arc street lamp at the corner of Lochiel and Christina streets, and lighting in stores of C.S. Ellis, Mackenzie-Milne Company and the Boys Brigade Hall. But by the late 1940s Sarnia was part of a Southern Ontario “island” running roughly from Whitby to Windsor that still operated on 25 cycle power. All around

hired for the task, opened offices at Johnston and Front streets and rented other buildings on south Christina Street. Survey teams branched out across the city to determine the size of the job and in March of 1950 the changeover began. As many as 300 workers in Sarnia visited 6,300 domestic households, 700 commercial buildings and 90 industrial power THIS COMSTOCK CANADA TRUCK was one of dozens travelling Sarnia streets in 1950, carrying users to make “frequency conversion” technicians to more than 7,000 homes, businesses and industrial sites. the change to Photo courtesy, Bob Durand 60-cycle. Comstock’s red panel The conversion in summer in Grand Bend crew. The $1.50 to $2 an vans were everywhere as Sarnia was completed in a cottage with two budhour pay, he said, was technicians covered the dies as they standardized at a cost of $300,000 by “the most money I’d ever city in six-block increAugust, when the change- the beach town. made.” ments, handing out pink over crews moved on There was only one Durand worked in the “Reminder Cards” in to the rest of Lambton problem, Ross recalled. time instrument deadvance of each visit. partment, changing the County. “Grand Bend was dry. Bob Durand, now 86, motors on clocks, while Sarnia’s Ross Rankin We had to go to Thedford was just a teenager when the “reefer” men worked has fond memories of to buy beer.” he joined the Comstock on refrigerators. spending one fabulous

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this island the homes, businesses and industry operated on 60 cycle current. Toronto, operating on 25 cycle current, was beginning to lose industry to Montreal and there were fears Sarnia would also suffer. The Ontario government under Premier George Drew decided to standardize electrical service throughout the province at 60 cycles. It was a massive undertaking costing $300 million dollars – billions in 2017 equivalent costs. The changeover involved replacing motors or rewinds in 6,213,000 frequency-sensitive items of equipment – everything from clocks to refrigerators and washing machines to kitchen fans. Sarnia was the first city to convert. Comstock Canada, the contractor

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so long ocial and the liberal with such left media have gone quiet acballistic over U.S. ceptance. President Donald Trump’s Curiimmigration crackdown. ous, isn’t There has been more it? What outrage from the left over Peter Clarke liberals his so-called Muslim ban will and won’t accept. than over terror itself. When I speak to my More placards decrying the plight of a few tourists Muslims friends and ask why Muslims feel the and travellers, than over need to flee persecution the bodies blown apart or seek refuge, I am told by Islamic extremists at Brussels airport in March it is because Islam is suffering and is incredibly last year. divided. It is because the So much collective tensions between Sunni outrage, in fact, I wonder how on earth a ban and Shia are simply overwhelming. imposed by 16 countries What stumps me is why on Israeli citizens has remained in place for quite non-Muslim countries are

expected to welcome such a divided religion with open arms. Why would America or Canada want to keep allowing such divisions to its shores without extensive vetting? Trump wants to protect his borders, and as a border city we should be grateful. Yet the left find lamely argue for more stringent checks to sift out jihadists. I offer the attacks on the West by Islamic extremists as proof that we are not sophisticated enough to work out who is a jihadi and who is not. In its wild lament, the left has missed the point

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And even when we do know who would wish to hurt our people, the jihadists’ right to privacy and freedom trumps our right to safety or life. Whether Muslims want to acknowledge it or not, extremists commit atrocities in the name of Allah. They do it according to and in observance of their interpretation of their faith. There is largely silence from the families and communities that raised the terrorists and from the mosques that they frequented. Imams seldom condemn terror. And in their silence, in the void, acceptance,

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encouragement even, is assumed. The typical response in the West is a hashtag, a tea light and a leader saying their people will not be cowed in the face of terror. They certainly don’t speak for me; I have seen firsthand the devastation caused by extremists. And thanks to the outrage, the placard waving protests, the Clinton News Network (CNN), the Biased Broadcasting Company (BBC), you all know about it. ALL immigrants in North America should reflect on how fortunate

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we are to live in a country where democracy works and laws are made by the will of the people, not religion. Any act of terror in the name of your god or other ideology, is to be condemned. Whatever your personal views regarding extremist terrorists, it is worth remembering that thousands of families have been devastated by their actions. Be thankful it is not yours. Peter Clarke is a Sarnia resident and retired Army Officer

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More important than ever to keep parkland

Sir: Regarding the piece on Baxter Park, “A council Q&A – should Sarnia sell off its surplus land?” With respect, I think The Journal asked the wrong question and effectively missed the whole point of the matter. Over the past several years “Baxter Park,” to those who lived nearby, included the Public Beach property and the building on the south side of the park (The Kinsmen Centre) which was rented out for a variety of community activities.

We are told that the city failed to keep up maintenance on the building, resulting in a fungus infestation making it unsafe to use. To get around this mess, it seems that the city decided unilaterally, without forewarning the community and without local community input, to redesignate this land as “surplus,” thus allowing the city to sell it for housing development – problem solved! The problem of lack of money may satisfy the city but local residents see it as chopping

up the community’s park and recreation land to pay for its fiscal mismanagement – our elected representatives are notorious for spending more of our tax dollars than they take in. Perhaps the real question should be: “Should Sarnia unilaterally and without obtaining local community input be

City staff weddings wrong

Sir: I was appointed, as a Justice of the Peace, to perform civil marriages under the Marriage Act on Jan. 1, 1993. After a while, Family Court became the venue for civil marriages. We took care of persons who had been divorced, or the churches didn’t wish to marry them, or were of differing religious faiths and races, as well as those with no church affiliation. I eventually became a Pastor, and, after retiring, opened my own non-denominational wedding service, Bluewater Marriage Services. It filled a void created when JPs were no longer doing weddings.

We soon had four Pastors covering five counties, and each of them developed their own business. I have performed wedding ceremonies for over 3,000 couples. I have also baptizing children of couples we married, done anniversary services, renewed vows, dedications, etc. When I felt I should call it quits, my daughter took over. Now, it would appear some staff at City Hall have extra time on their hands. So much so that council has agreed to let them perform marriages at City Hall, during normal hours only, and at the same price as the ‘regulars’ charge.

This obviously will take business away from private operators. We have done death-bed weddings and weddings in hospitals, nursing homes, gardens, parks, hotels, on boats, in arenas, at the harbour - and even church weddings. My question is — who will do the paperwork the taxpayers will pay for. What happens, or who pays for the overtime when clients are late? Marriage services should be left to the professionals. At least, that’s how I see it. Jack Western Residence on the St. Clair Sarnia

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allowed to redesignate community parks and recreational areas as “surplus land” to get themselves out of a fiscal mess of their own making due to fiscal mismanagement?” If I was a city councillor when asked this question I would unreservedly say “NO.” Many of our community parks were donated to the city many years ago with

the proviso that the city NOT interfere with their designation. As building lots get smaller and houses get bigger, leaving smaller and smaller backyards, it is now even more important to keep our precious community parks sacrosanct. Sincerely, Ian Sanderson Sarnia

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‘Spin It Out’ works out the body to help the mind

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t’s about working out together and heading off mental health problems before they get serious. A group of local teens started meeting this week for Spin It Out, a new

program operated freeof-charge by Ironworks Fitness and Southwest Counselling Services. “A lot of the time, when people struggle with their mental health, they don’t always have the proper coping tools,” says Taryn Barnes, a social worker spearheading Spin It Out. Sarnia’s youth struggle

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with a high incidence of anxiety, mood disorders and suicide, Barnes said. “We’ve heard teens and their parents talk about a lack of services here, especially for long-term therapy, and we felt it was important to offer an alternative.” Barnes and her partners own the new Southwest Counselling Services at the DMI Building in Point Edward. “It’s our way of giving back to our community,” she said. “And Ironworks is great to work with us.”

About one-third of Barnes’ clients are teens dealing with everything from depression to bipolar disorders. Many are looking for help because they are grieving, going through family crises or facing other challenges. Spin It Out meets Mondays for the next seven weeks from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants may already be diagnosed or just beginning to realize they are struggling, Barnes said. “You don’t move your

body as much when you struggle with mental health but when the heart rate is increased, research tells us that motion releases endorphins, like the feel good chemical serotonin. “It also helps with concentration and focus.” Thirty minutes of rigorous exercise has been shown to increase scoring on cognitive testing, she said. Spin It Out incorporates exercise with psycho-education; teaching

participates to understand symptoms of failing mental health and how to cope better. There are definitely preventive steps that people can take to stop spiralling downward, said Barnes. Spin It Out is for ages 13 to 18 and can accommodate up to 13 people. At press time, there was still room for registrants. If interest warrants, the program will be repeated, Barnes said. Call her at 519-5209745 for details.

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AROUND 300 PEOPLE gathered at Sarnia’s mosque on London Line Feb. 8 for an Interfaith Solidarity and Open House event hosted by the Sarnia Muslim Association. The event was held to honour those killed in a deadly shooting at a Quebec mosque last month, and show support for Sarnia’s Muslim community. Tara Jeffrey

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ipants locally, she said. “It’s a safe, confidential space to meet with other family members that understand what you’re going through,” she said. The course, taught by trained, volunteer family members, explores depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and others. CHERYL IACOBELLI, interim executive director at the Lambton Families learn Mental Wellness Centre, leads a session of the WRAP (Wellness Re- about medications, cover Action Plan) program, along with member facilitator Terry side effects, brain Warwick. Tara Jeffrey biology, research, empathy, communication skills, tiative, a branch of the “That was the biggest rehabilitation centre that provides free thing, people said there’s services and advocacy. support for families and no support here for The program was decaregivers of individuals families, but we’ve been signed by the U.S.-based who have mental illrunning a support group National Alliance on ness, including a family for years,” said IacobelMental Illness (NAMI) li. “We meet so many support group, and the and was launched by frustrated people who say, Family to Family Educalocal retiree Bill Hopkins, ‘Why didn’t I know about tion Program, a 12-week a longtime advocate for course launched back in this?’” mental health awareness. 2002 that has actually She pointed to the Sarnia is one of the only reached some 700 partic- Canadian cities offering Lambton Family Ini-

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sash or veil in your look or choose an all-white dress with colourful stitching. So, will you let your true colours shine through with your dream wedding dress?

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Show stopping looks guaranteed in any case. The tie: a more relaxed option Thinking of getting married in a suit and tie? Go for it! The good old necktie has become a popular option for the modern groom. From the distinguished traditional version to more avant-garde options, ties are available in endless patterns, colours and textures. You’re sure to find one that fits your personal style to a t. Have you decided yet? If you’re still on the fence, ask a stylist or knowledgeable salesperson for advice.

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give you the inside scoop on the best deals and destinations for your special day. Thanks to his or her expertise, the agent will make recommendations based on your needs, your budget and your expectations. Most beach resorts offer all-inclusive wedding packages; if that’s something you’d be interested in, ask your agent for details.

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Setting your wedding date: four things to consider

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to get the most bang for your buck. Winter weddings can be absolutely stunning.

1. The season First, decide during what time of year you want to get married. Every season has its own charm, but know that the high season for weddings is over the summer. If you’re dealing with a small budget, consider an off-season ceremony

2. The day of the week If you feel like getting married on a Monday, there’s nothing stopping you from doing just that! However, the traditional Saturday wedding is a convenient option if most of your guests work Monday to Friday. Getting married on a Saturday is more expensive than on a Friday or a Sunday though, and you’ll need

re you and your partner about to take the leap into marital bliss? Here are four things to look into before you send out your save the dates.

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t is customary for the bride to share her good fortune by tossing her bouquet into a crowd of single female wedding guests. With a bit of luck, whoever catches the flowers will, legend says, get married within the coming year. If you want to go through with this classic custom during your own wedding but aren’t sure exactly when the ideal moment is, read on for some insight. If a photo shoot is planned for after the ceremony, hang on to your bouquet to include it in your pictures. You’ll have plenty of time to toss

it later on during the reception, once the ambiance has warmed up and your guests are ready for a friendly floral fight. After enjoying a delectable meal — most likely interrupted by several tender kisses — keep the fun

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those in your circle to avoid any major scheduling conflicts.

3. The schedules Open up your planner and carefully study your own schedule, and then ask your close friends and family about their own plans for the foreseeable future. Remember to consider time off work, vacations and holidays, various appointments and other significant events (birthdays, baptisms, other weddings, etc.) that are already planned among

4. The professionals Before you send out your invitations, make sure that the pros you want to hire are available on the chosen date. If you have your heart set on a certain photographer or caterer, secure their services as soon as possible so you don’t get left high and dry.

IF YOU’RE ATTACHED to your magnificent bridal bouquet and you don’t want to part from it during the tossing, the solution is simple: ask your florist to prepare a second, more modest bouquet specifically for the toss.

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Camlachie woman preparing to work in refugee camp “It was horrible to see,” said 21-year-old Ross, who, at the time, was working as an au pair. Her host family had taken her out on their boat. “I thought, ‘what is going on?’” It wasn’t until she returned home to Camlachie and news reports about the European

refugee crisis that she realized the magnitude of what was happening there. “I started to put it together hen Ciara Ross spent and realized what I had seen -the summer of 2015 those were people coming from working in Italy she Libya and Egypt at the time,” was struck by what she saw on said the graduate of Lambton European shorelines: a chaotic College’s Child & Youth Worker scene of desperate people, tents, program, who currently works huts, dinghies and garbage. with Sarnia-Lambton Rebound and The Haven Youth Shelter. Celebrate Agriculture Day! And the more she learned about what’s February 16th now the largest refugee crisis since the Second obody knows the importance of fresh At The Inn of The Good Shepherd, we are World War, the more healthy food, better than a farmer. They blessed that our local Lambton Farmers she was moved to do dedicate their lives to making sure Canadians make sure that everyone has access to these something to help. have safe, healthy and fresh meat, poultry, vital nutrients. Thanks to those that support eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables. local food banks year round and our Mobile After some extensive Market program! research, Ross reached out to Greater Europe Berryhill Farms Lambton Pork Producers Korny Korners Mission (GEM), an Lambton Chicken Farmers Enniskillen Peppers Williams Sweet Corn organization on the Reids Farm Market Lambton Dairy Farmers Roelands Plant Farms ground in Lesvos, Lambton Egg Producers Franz Turkey’s Brier Run Alpacas Greece. Grand Bend Produce The Greek island has been a central point of entry for migrants escaping war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan by boat from the shores of Turkey. She’s set to travel there in June, for a two-and-a-half month stay onsite at a refugee camp, focusing on children’s programming and women’s groups, as well as sorting donations, handing out food, water and clothing. Ross, who plans to attend university in the is open for online fall to pursue a degree courses and programs TARA JEFFREY THE JOURNAL

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and debriefing. “We’ve kind of stopped talking about it,” she said of the crisis. “I want people to know this is still happening. “You have to think about how bad it must be to get on a boat, and put your family in that much danger,” she added. “And it’s families just like yours or mine. Just trying to get away from war.”

in social work, says her passion for helping people is behind her desire to take the trip. “I want to get that experience so that when I come back to Canada, I’ll be able to handle anything,” she said. With a total budget of $13,000, Ross has launched a fundraising page (www. youcaring.com/ciaraross) and is looking to local service clubs for assistance. She’s also accepting donations of clothes, books and hygiene products. The cost will cover her entire trip, including airfare, training

Liriotakis was co-owner of the Bridge Tavern where he began each day at 5 a.m. preparing everything from soup to buns. The restaurant closed last summer.

“He was never one to really want recognition,” said his son John Liriotakis. “He loved to pop out of the kitchen and greet people. It was his favorite thing.” The open house is at John’s Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Pasta Fest All you can eat Pasta Fest hosted by Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School’s special Henry Plater

education department. Silent auction, mini raffle, dessert table and live entertainment. At the Dante Club, 1330 London Rd., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Cost $12 adults, $8 children under 12. For tickets, call 519542-5505 Pallet Board Art Take an old weathered pallet board and create and eco-friendly art piece. Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 147 Lochiel St., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost $35. Materials included. With complimentary wine. Must register by calling 519-336-8127, ext. 3226

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Film Festival The Sarnia Justice Film Festival presents Paper Tigers, a film that explores an alternative high school with a radically different approach to student discipline. Sarnia Library Theatre, 7 p.m., followed by post-film discussion. Admission free, donations accepted. For more, visit www.Facebook.com/SarniaJusticeFilmFestival

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St. Charles parish renovation fund. For more, call 519-8622173. Open House Drop-in open house and retirement party for Larry Liriotakis, former co-owner of the Bridge Tavern. John’s Restaurant, 1643 London Line, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All welcome. For more, call John at 519-630-5128 SUNDAY, FEB. 19 Concert Series evan.john performs ‘Songs of Simon & Garfunkel’ for the House Concert Series at the Lawrence House, 127 Christina St. S., 3 p.m. Tickets, $10, available by calling 519-337-0507 Pasta Dinner Army Cadet Corps holding a pasta dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion, 286 Front. St. N., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gluten-free available. Tickets $12 adults, $8 ages 6 to 11, free under 5, or $35 for two adults and two children. For more, email Joanne at joannechair2016@gmail.com MONDAY, FEB. 20 Family Day Activities Use the illustrations of Barbara Reid to inspire a family portrait made of colourful plasticine, participate in a scavenger hunt and watch a short film about hockey. Free, donations appreciated. Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 147 Lochiel St., 1 p.m.

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Finding Dory Free screening of Finding Dory at Sarnia Library, 124 Christina St., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call 519-337-3291

THURSDAY, FEB. 23 Photography Kierson Nelson presents “Where Spirits Speak,” featuring photos from Amazonia, and Bill De Meester presents photos from “Franklin Island,” Georgian Bay, at St. Luke’s United Church, 350 Indian Rd. S., 7 p.m. Donations at door to YMCA’s breakfast and afterschool Programs. For more, call 519-344-1781

Ham Dinner A ham dinner at High Park United Church, 1081 Brenchley St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All welcome. Cost, $10. For more, call 519-336-9251

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Imagined Landscapes Coat an abstract layer of wax with black paint to create an imagined landscape with action and colour. Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 147 Lochiel St., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested donation $5 per family. Open to all ages. For more, call 519336-8127

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E-Waste Recylcing Laurel Lea St. Matthew’s Church hosting an electronic waste recylcing event to help those who can’t get to a recylcing centre. Accepting anything with a cord (computers, TVs, small appliances), but nothing containing refrigerant. 836 Exmouth St., 9 a.m. to noon. For more, call 519-337-7078 Sunday, Feb. 26

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Lives Lived

Death Notices Recent Passings up to February 11, 2017

This information is provided as a community service. For detailed information on the lives lived, please refer to the funeral home website listing.

• Bernard, William

Age: 81 / Date of Passing: Feb-8-17 McCormack Funeral Home

• Clarke, Sally Marie

Date of Passing: Feb-7-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Core, Margaret Roberta

Age: 92 / Date of Passing: Feb-9-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Davis, Brian Edward Trevor

Age: 80 / Date of Passing: Feb-8-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Gold, Alexander Walter

Age: 85 / Date of Passing: Feb-6-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Gruben, Lynn Marie

Age: 65 / Date of Passing: Feb-9-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Huggard, Ronald Clarence

Age: 65 / Date of Passing: Feb-7-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Jackson, William Thomas George Date of Passing: Feb-7-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Janjatovic, Slobodan

Age: 95 / Date of Passing: Feb-6-17 Knight Funeral Home

• Jones, Glynne David

Age: 60 / Date of Passing: Feb-7-17 Smith Funeral Home

• LePage, Richard

Date of Passing: Feb-5-17 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

• Maness, Sherman Russel

Age: 67 / Date of Passing: Feb-9-17 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

• McKenzie, Shirley Helene

Age: 91 / Date of Passing: Feb-5-17 McCormack Funeral Home

• McKerracher, Robert Douglas Age: 90 / Date of Passing: Feb-11-17 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

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And I still suffer the thought that we have lost one of Sarnia’s finest men, a defined community leader who displayed generosity, intelligence and phenomenal wit! Unequivocally, Dave was a persevering, passionate, resilient man. It was to the point as co-chair of our international offshore power race extravaganza where even though he knew he was severely sick – losing a difficult battle with cancer-this ultimate warrior did not let people including myself know how serious it was. He was courageous as he worked so closely with his best friend and soul mate forever Sharon! We were friends for many years, and we shared our mutual enthusiasm for the boating and the marina industry. He was someone I could often call on and who I could

Age: 93 / Date of Passing: Feb-10-17 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home Age: 60 / Date of Passing: Feb-3-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Patterson, Marie • Quinn, Dolores

Age: 86 / Date of Passing: Feb-8-17 Smith Funeral Home

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• Salter, Madeline

Age: 103 / Date of Passing: Feb-6-17 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

Family, Friends xo

• Selinger, Jack Leo

Age: 86 / Date of Passing Feb-5-17 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

Age: 68 / Date of Passing: Feb-11-17 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

• Sproule, Wendy

Age: 58 / Date of Passing: Feb-9-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Stringer, Norman Allan

Age: 78 / Date of Passing: Feb-8-17 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

• Sullivan, Mary

Age: 98 / Date of Passing: Feb-6-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Thomas, Charles Edward

Age: 90 / Date of Passing: Feb-6-17 Smith Funeral Home

• Yarkovsky, James

Date of Passing: Feb-7-17 McCormack Funeral Home

Dave also gave of himself in many ways that never made headlines and never told until now. On his own time and dime as a member of our Sarnia bay advisory board he trained young attendants at our Sarnia bay and Bridgeview marina operation for many years. I witnessed him do the same thing in port Huron, taking of his time out from a day trip across the border to share his marina wisdom with our young dock attendants at Desmond and River Street Marina. He also provided

Miss you papa Dave. Today and always.

Age: 88 / Date of Passing: Feb-7-17 Knight Funeral Home

• Soden, Paul Gilmour

depend and count on. When I needed him, he was there, with his massive smile on his face and often jokes and profound guidance and direction.

Happy Birthday in Heaven.

• Passingham, Donald Robert

Age: 59 / Date of Passing: Feb-9-17 Smith Funeral Home

Dave McPhail

In Memoriam

• Mortimer, Marion Jude

• Smith, Sue Ellen

constructive advice to our management teams at all marinas under our umbrella.

t has been nearly a month since we lost David George McPhail, and maybe i should have written this tribute sooner, but it’s extremely difficult to put pen to paper when you’re heart is damaged.

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O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, dear kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return, I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys and 3 Glorias. Publication must be promised. St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen. This novena has never been known to fail. Publication promised. This novena must be prayed 9 consecutive days. T.J.

Had you asked, he simply indicated that he was assisting not only individual youngsters but also the big picture boating community. He clearly understood that; were all in this together. David was a major spoke in our wheel of passion and excellence in our marinas. Bluewater communities came first when Dave and Sharon stepped up to the plate to serve with Denise and Murray Rampel as co-chairs along with our co-organizer Rob Dawson of last summers Sarnia/Port Huron international powerboat festival. With the massive assistance of our sponsorship partners, the event attracted thousands of visitors to our phenomenal waterfront for three days of powerboat racing, live music, food and family fun. He adhered and maintained our mutual philosophical standards of providing this event to families for “free”.

I worked closely with Dave and Sharon on their precise festival planning and I can testify to their passion and dedication-simply relentless! But that was Dave McPhail. He always gave of himself so freely and so selflessly. He and Sharon along with their amazing team volunteered for countless hours of public service and never ever once-not one time-did they have a hand out for personal benefit and promoted this! The thought would never occurred to them and I was so proud of this! We lost a community icon, a man of principal and integrity who simply wanted nothing but the best for the place where he was born and raised. And I have lost a dear friend, someone whose good advice and unwavering support were never more than a phone call away from me. It was indeed my extreme honour to know him, what a gift! Thank you Sharon for sharing him with us. Thank you David! – Dave Brown

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In Memoriam

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Community

In Memory of

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POINT EDWARD HONOURS ‘POINT BOY’ OPEN HOUSE

Retirement party for Larry Liriotakis on Saturday, February 18th at John’s Restaurant from 6pm to 9pm.

Help us honour Larry for his 38 years of service to the community of Point Edward and Sarnia Lambton. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served and all friends, friends of friends, former patrons and employees are welcome to come by and say hi. Point Edward Mayor Bev Hand will be in attendance among others to help present a framed photo.

Larry was the co-owner of the Bridge Tavern Family Restaurant, which closed its doors this passed summer, and has hung up his apron for a deserved retirement.

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Saturday we will take a moment to appreciate him; someone who has helped contribute to a community through years of hard work and routine. He always put his patrons before himself, making sure to be open for his regulars that needed their morning coffee or breakfast. And of course some friendly conversation. Now retired, he has more time for his family and they are grateful, especially for when his granddaughter Lucy comes for a visit! “I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years. Both inside and outside the restaurant. Whether you stopped in once on your travels or lived around the corner and came by daily. It was always appreciated. Thank you for sitting at our tables. Thank you for your patronage and your warmth. I’ll see you Saturday to shake your hand personally!” - Larry Call 519-630-5128 for any questions or for further details. See you there! (Best Wishes Only)

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Sports

Wrestling club comes up big at provincial championships

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Sarnia Wrestler struck gold recently at the 2017 Cadet and Juvenile Provincial Championships. Nathan Moro, representing the Sarnia-Bluewater Wrestling Club, clinched first in the 76kg juvenile category at the Brampton, Ont. meet. “He wrestled really well, made some great throws. He’s right at the top of his game right now,” said Tim Allen, one of the club’s coaches. Moro, a Grade 12 student at St. Patrick’s High School, was one of 38 wrestlers who represented the Sarnia-based club. Twenty-two of them had top six finishes in their

• Quinn Jennings (Cadet, 76 kg): 3rd • Brent Swain (Cadet, 85 kg): 3rd • Perry Moffatt (Cadet, 42 kg): 4th • Adam VanderSlagt (Cadet, 50 kg): 4th • Patrick Golob (Cadet, 72 kg): 4th • Sebastian Demers (Cadet, 76 kg): 4th • Peyton Armitage (Cadet, 69 kg): 5th • Benjamin Parent (Cadet, 50 kg): 6th

respective categories. Howard Moffatt (cadet, 76 kg) and Mya Sandrin (cadet, 43 kg), each won silver, and Quinn Jennings, (cadet, 76 kg), Brent Swain (cadet, 85 kg), Taijah Allen, (cadet, 49 kg) and Emma McLaughlin (juvenile, 69 kg), earning bronze. “It was probably one of the highest level of competition I’ve seen in a few years. The athletes were really extremely good all around,” said Allen.

MEN:

49 kg): 3rd • Emma McLaughlin (Juvenile, 69 kg): 3rd • Erin Cromwell (Juvenile, 48 kg): 4th • Sarah Wilson (Cadet, 49 kg): 4th • Kayla Hunt (Cadet, 52 kg): 4th • McKenna Leong (Juvenile, 52 kg): 4th • Talitha Allen (Juvenile, 60 kg): 4th • J. J. Thomson (Cadet, 65 kg): 4th • Erin Sanderson (Cadet, 49 kg): 5th • Hannah VanderSlagt (Juvenile, 53 kg): 6th • Kala Wagg (Cadet, 56 kg): 6th

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REPRESENTING THE SARNIA Bluewater Wrestling Club, St. Patrick’s student Nathan Moro claimed gold at the 2017 Ontario Cadet & Juvenile Wrestling Championships in Brampton on Feb 4. TROY SHANTZ, The Journal

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Sports

Winter boarding Silver and Gold

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High jumper Derek Drouin plans to enter decathlons JOURNAL STAFF

Olympic gold medalist Derek Drouin has turned his sights to a new sport. The 26-year-old Corunna native announced recently he will pursue decathlon with hopes of

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I was doing in college, which was really when I was most confident competing. I kind of felt my strongest, felt like I was in my best physical shape, and I just have a whole lot of fun doing that,” Drouin told the National Post recently.

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