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Bright’s Grove couple nurturing one of the largest rose collections in Canada

Sandra and Roland Papineau stand in the front yard of their Bright's Grove home.
Troy Shantz

Cathy Dobson When Sandra and Roland Papineau say they admire the beauty of Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Marilyn Monroe, they aren’t engaged in idle celebrity talk. The retired couple is describing their stunning roses, many of which are named after famous people, places and events. Lucille Ball hybrid tea roses, the Paul McCartney Rose,… Read more »

Extreme Aquarium shop specializing in exotic aquatic

Nathan Malott, owner of the new Extreme Aquarium.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson When Nathan Malott did a market survey before opening The Extreme Aquarium, even he was surprised by the number of avid fish fans in Sarnia. “I found a whole lot of people in the fish hobby, some with three to eight tanks,” said Malott. “The president of the Sarnia Aquarium Society has 30 tanks… Read more »

Hundreds help build new home for Jamie

Jamie Stewart with his sister Terri Neely, and  Jamie's dog Abby.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson   When word spread that Jamie Stewart needed a new house that could accommodate his wheelchair, people from all over Sarnia-Lambton pitched in to help. Friends and family held fundraisers. Tradesmen offered skills free-of-charge. Complete strangers showed up on the driveway with cash. It became a real community project. “A guy around the corner… Read more »

Garden Tour stop features backyard with a golf green

The Lakeshore Road property of Linda and Angus Black is one of eight stops on this year's Garden Tour.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz The garden of Linda and Angus Black has it all — even a putting green. “It has really helped our golf game immensely,” said Linda Black, who has lived with her husband at the north-end home the past 25 years. The putting green is a relatively recent addition to the 1.5-acre Lakeshore property… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

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  1 – Which is taller: The Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower?   2 – In what city park would you find an anchor dedicated to the men and women who served their country in the navy and merchant navy (it’s not Canatara)?   3 – What six-letter test checks the acidity or… Read more »

Multi-talented St. Pat’s athlete has been tearing it up at the track

Paige Vrolyk of St. Patrick's won bronze in the junior women's triple jump at the OFSAA Track and Field Championhsips in Belleville, Ont. on June 2.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

Troy Shantz Paige Vrolyk has landed on the track and field podium several times already this season, but the St. Patrick’s tenth-grader is really a Jill-of-all-trades. You could point to her impressive academic record, or her theatrical talents in the Nightingale Chorus, an annual Christmas music performance she’s been cast in the past five years…. Read more »

Three amigos offer food lovers something to taco about

Mad Tacos founders, from left, Chad Pelchat, Marc Piquette and Dan Romphf.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz A new Sarnia business is setting up not one, but two taco trucks around town this summer. Mad Tacos will have one mobile kitchen stationed at Canatara Park for the beach-going crowd and another at Valley Axe on London Line. The venture is a product of three city friends — Chad Pelchat, Dan… Read more »

A figure skating show (really!) part of the reopening party at riverfront park

Kira-Jade Nixon, a country singer from Sarnia, is performing at the June 17th celebration to reopen Centennial Park.  
Adaleah Lacey Photography

Cathy Dobson Four years after being closed due to contamination, Centennial Park is reopening with a family-friendly community bash on Saturday. The entertainment includes everything from live music on the new Suncor Agora stage to a figure skating show on artificial ice, a barbecue and sports demo. The kids can look forward to inflatables, face… Read more »

‘Indian fusion’ grill goes where naan has gone before

Ash Mathon, centre, co-owner of the new Warraich Bar & Grill, with chefs Vipin Gopal, right, and Shrijeet Mondal.

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s newest Indian restaurant has two traditional tandoor ovens and goat curry on the menu, but there are some very non-traditional features too. “Menu choices and restaurant design differ depending on the location,” explains franchise co-owner Ash Mathon. He and business partner Harman Gill opened the Warraich Bar & Grill on Lambton Mall… Read more »