Drama teacher Dan White ready for his curtain call

Dan White sits in his “director’s” seat in the auditorium of Great Lakes Secondary School. His final SCITS Alumni Revue involves more than 100 former students. 
Reid Eyre photo

Cathy Dobson Don’t be surprised an unusual amount of Kleenex is used at this weekend’s SCITS Alumni Revue. The variety show is known for its comedy, music and fun but is likely to end on a tearful note as the man behind the SCITS Revue and Alumni Revue retires in a month. Teacher Dan White… Read more »

Bradley intimidated city clerk, commissioner finds

City Hall

George Mathewson Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has breached the city’s Code of Conduct again by disrespecting and intimidating City Clerk Dianne Gould-Brown at a Feb. 27 council meeting, the Integrity Commissioner has determined. In a new report, Robert Swayze advised city council to dock the mayor’s pay for two weeks and warned he will recommend… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – Albacore and skipjack are types of what? 2 – The opening night at Sarnia’s Kenwick Terrace in January, 1943 featured “Satchmo,” a trumpet player whose real name was what? 3 – What does it mean if you are a “persona non grata”? 4 – This spring, Sarnia’s Jamie Fraser helped his team, the… Read more »

Passing motorists have ‘taken a gander’ for 65 years

George Gander and his daughter, Georgia, stand beside the family sign and local landmark on Lakeshore Road, a 65-year-old tradition that's coming to an end.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson George Gander and his daughter Georgia were admiring the distinctive sign that has graced the family’s front lawn for 65 years when a passing motorist braked and hollered, “You can’t take that sign down, you know! “If you do, no one will know where to turn!” He’s a neighbour and was joking, but… Read more »

Planet Stitch makes complete orbit at Aamjiwnaang Park

Planet Stitch employees from left: graphic designer Jimi Brodimas, Patsy Simon, Colin Orme, Keely Bressette, Brandi Rosales, Brittany Simon, Duffy Simon and his month-old daughter Millie.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Duffy Simon was a 26-year-old Lambton College business grad with a strong work ethic and a big love of sports when he started his own company in 2006. Nearly 12 years later, he has made a large reinvestment in his expanding business and opened a new showroom, production floor and offices that he… Read more »

Big cast assembled to stage Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus, played by Steve Thrasher, is surrounded by fellow cast members in Hidden Talents’ Jesus Christ Superstar.
Photo courtesy, Chris McCloskey

Cathy Dobson   When Jesus Christ Superstar hits the Imperial Theatre stage on May 26 observant audience members might notice a new approach to make the sound bigger and cleaner. This is the first time veteran director Carrie Beauchamp of Hidden Talents has moved the orchestra out of the pit and onto the stage. Ten… Read more »

Unassuming concrete blobs serve an important function

A reference marker behind the bandshell in Canatara Park. 
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz It’s an unassuming lump of yellow-painted concrete near the Duc d’Orleans dock, but people strolling along Sarnia’s riverfront seldom give it a passing glance. Officially known as “RM 53-82,” it’s one of nine similar lumps strewn along the Canadian shoreline between Sarnia and Mooretown. So what’s up with that? The dome-shaped markers are… Read more »