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Imperial Oil’s remarkable contribution to the arts

Assistant curator Sonya Blazek unveils an important piece of art history Imperial Oil has donated to the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, on exhibit until April 23.
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Cathy Dobson One of the best examples of mural painting in Canadian art history is at the centre of a new Imperial Oil donation to Sarnia-Lambton’s public art collection. The donation includes six sketches and two large cartoons by prominent Canadian artist York Wilson. Their dollar value isn’t being disclosed but the story they tell… Read more »

Police chief revises city’s ‘unfounded” sex assault numbers

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Cathy Dobson Sarnia Police Chief Phil Nelson has weighed in on the national controversy surrounding sexual assault investigations that don’t result in charges, saying his department’s rate of “unfounded” cases is lower than first reported. Nelson said his personal review found that 15 of 78 cases initially deemed unfounded were incorrectly classified, reducing Sarnia’s rate… Read more »

Seniors complex planned for Devine Street School lands

A developer has purchased the former Devine Street School lands for the purpose of creating a seniors living and dementia-care centre.
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Journal Staff A developer is proposing to redevelop the Devine Street School lands into a campus featuring an independent seniors living complex and a dementia-care facility. The $41-million proposal calls for up to three buildings on the three-acre site at 321 Devine St., likely starting with a five-floor structure providing the latest in dementia-patient care,… Read more »

Star Skate competitors

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This group from the Point Edward Skating Club competed recently at the Star Skate Championships in Alymer, Ont. From left are, front row: Makayla Hachey, Danielle Rivard, Malyia Glysinski and Peyton Bishop; back row: Tamara Lumley, Heather Scott, Evelyn Chambers, Laura Stochjevski, Paige Harris, Asia Dang-Hill and Lisa Stathis. Submitted Photo

Cyclone Aid returning April 1

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Cyclone Aid is blowing back into town. On April 1 about 300 volunteer students, teachers, parents and community partners will go door-to-door in Sarnia, Point Edward and Bright’s Grove collecting non-perishable food items for the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Collection will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Anyone not home during that… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

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1 – What character in The Wizard of Oz sings, “If I only had a brain”? 2 – Sarnia born Mike Ward was an internationally renowned athlete in what sport before his untimely death in 1906 at the age of 21? 3 – What American state borders Lake Ontario to the south? 4 – Including… Read more »

The glory days of Congregational Church didn’t last

Veteran's Park is seen in this rare 1900 photo of a “Welcome Home” celebration for returning Boer War soldiers. In the background is the second Congregational Church at the corner of Victoria and Wellington streets. The now spireless building is today an apartment complex.
Photo courtesy, Sarnia: A Picture History of the Imperial City, by Glen C. Phillips

Phil Egan It has been an apartment building far longer than it was a church, yet it still has that faded hint of theology. The glorious steeple is gone, the majestic grand windows have disappeared and satellite dishes now cling to its aged exterior. But, like many of Sarnia’s Victorian-era structures, it has a story… Read more »

Girl Power helping feed, educate others globally

Girl Power members, from left, Diya Duggal, 7, Ally Campbell 9, Amelia Glazier 10, Raveena Duggal 10, Coehan Hookey 9, Alisha Iqbal 9.
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Troy Shantz A new nonprofit is meeting regularly to build on the $2,000 it’s already raised for girls in need around the world. Which is pretty impressive considering its meetings must be adjourned before bedtime and scheduled around homework, piano lessons and cheerleading practice. “That stuff doesn’t stop us from doing this,” assured nine-year-old Ally… Read more »

Bird banding in Canatara providing data on migration

This sharp-shinned hawk was one of the 30 species of birds banded in Canatara Park lasts spring.
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Cathy Dobson A sharp-shinned hawk created quite a buzz when it was netted during a bird banding in Sarnia’s Canatara Park last year. Two trained experts caught the big raptor, checked its health and put a tiny band around its leg. Onlookers might have thought the beautiful hawk was a rare catch, but Rachel Powless… Read more »