The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – A snooker table has how many pockets? 2 – The current home of the Sarnia Journal, built in the mid-1850s, was the original home of Henry Glass, Sarnia’s third what? 3 – What is a large tent called when it is used to house a circus? 4 – According to City Hall’s Forestry… Read more »

Sturgeon stymied


Ball carrier Dylan Gallant of the Sarnia Sturgeon varsity team surges upfield against the Forest City Thunderbirds in a Canada Day game played in London. The rush wasn’t enough, however, as Sarnia took the loss 28-20. Suzanne Gulvin-Smith photo

Gallery breaks out iconic Canadian painters for all to see

Senior preparator Dale Workman, left, and assistant preparator Stephen Korzenstein, hang the 44 paintings for the new Heavy Hitters show at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Two powerful paintings by Canadian icon Emily Carr figure prominently in the current  “Heavy Hitters” exhibition at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery. Both paintings were donated to the community’s permanent collection just last year and recently restored. “They really cleaned up well,” said assistant curator Sonya Blazek. “I think it’s important for… Read more »

Sailfest Sarnia competitors throw caution to the wind

Nathan Ritchie heels over while piloting his Laser offshore of Canatara Park during the Sailfest Sarnia Regatta on Friday, July 7. For more on the provincial event hosted by the Sarnia Yacht Club over the weekend, please see pages 20-21.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz An armada of light sailboats from across Ontario dotted the southern tip of Lake Huron over the weekend during Sailfest Sarnia 2017. Nearly 100 boats and their crews converged on the Sarnia Yacht Club for three days of skills development and competition, with sailors ranging in age from seven to 55. The Lasers,… Read more »

Casino redesign taps ‘beautiful’ location

Gateway Casinos Point Edward GM Karen Richards says rebranding and redevelopment will capitalize on the building’s spectacular waterfront location. Here, she stands in the outdoor dining area overlooking the river. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Initial reports of a $26-million reinvestment in the Point Edward casino suggested a new family-friendly restaurant would be the main upgrade. That would be some restaurant. A tour of the riverside building with general manager Karen Richards reveals virtually every square foot of public space in the casino is going to be renovated… Read more »

Tree Project


Fifty years on This row of maple trees on Bright Street is the product of a Centennial initiative conducted in 1967 that saw more than 13,000 maple and spruce trees planted in Sarnia. Called Growing with Canada, the cooperative project involved The Observer, which distributing the trees, City Hall and the Ontario Department of Lands… Read more »

Week of July 6


1 – To which city in Italy does the adjective Neapolitan relate? 2 – This Sunday at Canatara Park will be the first ever celebration of what types of food and products? 3 – What was the two-word name of the son of the novelist A. A. Milne who was the inspiration for his books?… Read more »