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STREET NAMES: Livingston was named for village grocer

George Mathewson In the shadow of the Blue Water Bridge lies Point Edward’s Waterfront Park, a place famed for its French Fries and freighters. The park fronts onto Livingston Street, and is probably the most photographed place in Sarnia-Lambton. But the greenspace enjoyed by residents today was once the terminus of the Grand Trunk Railway,… Read more »

Timbberrrr!

A large section of ash tree trunk hurtles to the ground in Canatara Park’s Tarzanland. City hall has been removing large numbers of dead and dangerous trees this winter that were killed by the invasive emerald ash borer. Glenn Ogilvie

What’s Happening, week of Feb. 19

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca. Wednesday, Feb. 18 Federal Retirees Meeting… Read more »

OPINION: County sued for rubbing salt in the wound

George Mathewson A Lambton County farmer who doggedly fought back when his fields were damaged by excessive road salt has shown why you should never give up when treated poorly. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded Joseph Steadman and his wife Evelyn $107,352 last month for crop losses and devalued lands, a decision that… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

  1.      What famous American magician shares his name with a Charles Dickens’ character? 2.      Signs will soon be placed near six hills in Sarnia warning people to do what at their own risk? 3.       Patented by its inventor around 1900, what type of bed folds out of a wall? 4.      Bon… Read more »

International Symphony staging family-friendly show

Journal Staff A tuba virtuoso will take centre stage when the International Symphony Orchestra presents the family-friendly ‘Friends and Fantasy’ show Feb. 27 in Sarnia. Detroit-area soloist Jason Tanksley will bring to life the story of Tubby the Tuba, about a sad tuba who feels left out by his orchestra friends because has little to… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: The day the NHL came to town

Randy Evans For the Sarnia Legionnaires, the 1956-57 hockey season was a heady one. Led by coach Stu Cousins and general manager Tom Norris, the Legion began their third season by signing as a farm team of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. Bolstered by imports sent to town by the Hawks, the Legion went on to… Read more »

50 years of the Maple Leaf

Flag Day on Feb. 15th marked the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Canada’s flag. Here, Canadian Coast Guard Officer Cadets Derek Geake, left, and Jacob Heyden Thomas hoist the flag aboard the CCGS Samuel Risley, as it escorts a freighter through the icy St. Clair River. Photo courtesy of Carol Launderville, Fisheries and Oceans… Read more »

Sarnia writer has soft spot for weird cars

Tara Jeffrey Michael Banovsky’s first spoken word was ‘car.’ “Growing up, my dad watched car-racing all the time, and there were always car magazines lying around the house,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia native, explaining his love for everything automotive. “It’s just something that’s always been there.” While attending St. Patrick’s High School, Banovsky worked after… Read more »

Toboggan at your own risk

Sarnia is installing signs at six public toboggan hills to help ward off potential lawsuits. Centennial, Len, Wiltshire, Tecumseh and Hollands parks will get the warning signage, as well as the hill at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Some communities have banned tobogganing outright following hefty damage awards, including a 2013 settlement of $900,000 to… Read more »