Local director bringing Black Donnellys saga to the screen

Jessica Hext of Sarnia's Crave Costmetics Studio prepares cast members for a scene from Black Donnellys, a new film by Aaron Huggett.
Submitted Photo

Cathy Dobson Aaron Huggett, local indie film director, writer and history buff, is hard at work bringing another piece of Canadiana to life. Last year, Huggett delivered a 23-minute movie about the colourful life and death of robber Red Ryan, shot down in a hail of bullets in Sarnia during the Dirty Thirties. Now Huggett… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – The film Cool Runnings is about a bobsled team from what country that competed at the 1988 Calgary Olympics? 2 – On what city street would you find the Henry T. Ross substation, built as part of Sarnia Consumer’s Gas Plant in 1880 and named for a former mayor of Sarnia? 3 –… Read more »

It was a sad day when the bell tolled for Polly

Polly lived at the old George Street fire hall, which was on the north side of George near the intersection of Victoria Street. Built in 1859 it was razed for parking when the East Street fire hall opened in 1965.
Photo courtesy, Sarnia Historical Society

Phil Egan It was a death that would rock the Sarnia Fire Department. Back in 1933, the department was seven years shy of its 100th anniversary. Over that time, Sarnia firefighters had saved countless lives, rescuing many from a terrible death. But on this day they might have actually caused one. Polly the Parrot had… Read more »

THE BORDER: ‘Trump Slump’ could be good for tourism

A growing reluctance to travel to the U.S. these days could benefit Sarnia-Lambton's tourism industry.
Journal file photo

Cathy Dobson Sarnia-Lambton is positioned for an economic boost thanks to a phenomenon tourism leaders are calling the Trump Slump. Interest in travel to the U.S. has nosedived since President Donald Trump’s election, with a significant drop in flight searches and bookings since his inauguration and controversial travel ban. A stream of stories about Canadian… Read more »

Heart-attack victim thanks women who saved him

Robert Lauzon says he's grateful for quick action by three women who came to his rescue after suffering a heart attack in a store last month.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Robert Lauzon was approaching the counter at Family Video when he suddenly fell to the ground. “I blacked out and don’t remember anything else,” says the 73-year-old grandfather.  “But if the girls in the store hadn’t helped me, I would have died. “I’m very, very grateful they saved my life.” Christina Bruner, 22,… Read more »

The Omar D. Conger river ferry went out with a blast

The Omar D. Conger regularly ferried passengers between Sarnia and Port Huron, Michigan.
Photo courtesy, Sombra Museum, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University

Phil Egan She was invariably described as “diminutive” because of her 92-foot length. But the Omar D. Conger, a Port Huron-to-Sarnia passenger ferry, made a sensational exit nevertheless after 40 years of service on the St. Clair River Launched in 1882, the ship seemed plagued by trouble early. Operating under the Port Huron & Sarnia… Read more »