Southern-style barbecue restaurant to open this summer

Co-owner James Currie in the opening-this-summer Smoke & Spice Southern Barbecue.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson A new restaurant specializing in southern barbecue is preparing to open in August and holding a job fair next week. James Currie, co-owner of Smoke & Spice, says he’s looking for 55 employees including kitchen and wait staff. “We’ve already hired our general manager and assistant manager plus three other key employees,” said… Read more »

Sarnia: where vegetarians and carnivores of the world unite

Ribfest drew its largest crowds when it was located in Centennial Park.
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Cathy Dobson Whether you’re a vegetable lover or a meat lover, there’s a festival for you in Sarnia this weekend. The Kinsmen Club’s Ribfest makes its triumphant return on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the recently reopened Centennial Park. The new Vegfest is on Sunday at Canatara Park. Ribfest has been a summer staple in… Read more »

OPINION: Misguided tree bylaw leaves homeowners stumped

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George Mathewson I doubt the administrators at City Hall meant to trigger a widespread slaughter of healthy trees when they pushed for a municipal tree bylaw. But that is exactly what’s happening right now. All across the city, homeowners are eagerly removing trees from their property before the municipality tells them that they can’t. Their… Read more »

City teen lands $100,000 scholarship to study engineering

Great Lakes Secondary grad Joy Shah.
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Troy Shantz A 17-year-old science whiz and budding leader has landed one of the largest scholarships available to Canadian students. Joy Shah is the winner of a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study engineering at Western University this fall. “I was not expecting it at all,” said the recent Great Lakes Secondary grad. “It completely… Read more »



Here’s the rundown on Sarnia’s Canada Day festivities City Hall is pulling out all the stops for Canada’s 150th birthday party, which began with a Friday night concert and ends tonight with the annual fireworks show over Sarnia Bay. SATURDAY, JULY 1 CANATARA PARK 11:00am – 4:00pm Multicultural Food Booths Arts and Crafts Vendors at… Read more »

City golfer dealt pair of aces during one special week

Tina Maitland at #4 on Black River Country Club course.
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Journal Staff Shooting a hole-in-one is an achievement for a golfer of any level. But Sarnia’s Tina Maitland pulled off the improbable by recording back-to-back aces just days apart while golfing at Black River Country Club in Port Huron. “It has fulfilled my dreams,” said Maitland, who had golfed 23 years without ever marking a… Read more »

At new Italian food shop the pastabilities are endless

Andre Proia and Nicky and Randy Coady of the new Alfredo Pasta Boutique & More.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson  Local retailer Andre Proia says he believes in building on success. He and his wife Marisa, longtime owners of Maran Fashions, started an online imported Italian food and wine business called Medusa about five years ago. It proved so popular they are ready to take it to the next level. The Proias are… Read more »

OPINION: SCITS grad created and lived school motto – ‘to the stars’          

The late Lois "Sopie" Soper of Sarnia, at a Georgetown University Hospital Ladies Board meeting in Washington, D.C. At the lecturn is Robert Kennedy.
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George Mathewson Sarnia Collegiate has produced many notable citizens over the years, from author Marian Engel and actor James “Scotty” Doohan, to Chief Justice Patrick Kerwin and Roberta MacAdams, Canada’s first female MPP. Another interesting SCITS alumnus who died recently in the U.S. was Lois A. Soper Heden. Lois Soper was the student editor of… Read more »

Your guide to celebrating Canada Day

Canada Day at Canatara Park

Cathy Dobson Canada’s 150th birthday is almost here and the party is on! There won’t be another weekend offing so much to do in our area for some time, and most of it is free family fun. Sarnia has added Friday night festivities in Centennial Park to its already huge annual celebrations. That includes more… Read more »

Bomber on Sentimental Journey renews old memories

The B17 was used in every theatre of war from 1941 to 1945. Many Canadian airmen crewed aboard B17s and Canada employed six of the planes for transatlantic mail flights.
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Troy Shantz The vintage B17 bomber that visited Sarnia last week took some local veterans down memory lane and into the wild blue yonder. “I’ve been flying for 55 years, just small planes, but that was different,” said Second World War vet John Percival, who went for a spin on June 19. “I’ve never experienced… Read more »