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Historical novel set in Point Edward

Don Gutteridge’s memories of growing up in Point Edward are so colourful and rich, he chose his hometown as the backdrop for his latest historical novel. “Lily’s Story” is a sweeping period piece that recounts many key events in the history of Point Edward and Lambton County during the life of the fictional Lily. “I… Read more »

Fine dining in Sarnia a century ago

This swanky-looking dining room with its palm trees and white linen was part of the Vendome Hotel, an impressive red brick building that opened in 1893 at the southeast corner of Front and Cromwell streets. It was pulled down in 1979 to make way for a parking lot. This photo, from the Holland Paisley Photographic… Read more »

Sarnia’s reluctant bowling champion

Jackie McLellan is likely the most humble champion Sarnia-Lambton has ever produced. The long-term Courtright resident who moved to Sarnia with her husband a year and a half ago was surprised to come away with first place in the Super Senior Division (75 +) at the United States Bowling Congress Senior Tenpin Championships in Reno,… Read more »

Ups N’ Downs goes back to Front

Ups N’ Downs, one of downtown Sarnia’s busiest restaurants and nightspots, is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation. The work will be done in stages beginning this fall, says co-owner John Mallon. “It’s an exciting time to be in this business. It’s evolving and we either have to adapt or die,” he said…. Read more »

Recognizing our amazing youth

The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal has featured 14 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom exhibits… Read more »

Firefighters’ garden to remember

Cathy Dobson  About a dozen off-duty firefighters spent this week digging a commemorative garden in front of the East Street fire hall. “It’s important to us that we honour those who have passed away,” said Cpt. Chris Palmer, occupational disease rep for the Sarnia Professional Firefighter’s Association. Local firefighters had considered a memorial garden with… Read more »

Sibling swimmers making a splash

A brother-sister duo from Sarnia’s Rapids “Y” Swim Team is competing at the Swimming Canada Age Group Nationals in Winnipeg this week. It’s the third appearance at nationals for 15-year-old Samuel Boily-Dufour and the inaugural appearance for 13-year-old sister Maude. Between them the pair qualified in 11 events. “I hope to make the “A” finals… Read more »

Tagger wears out welcome

A graffiti “artist” has been defacing property at Lakeshore and Murphy for more than two years now, and Brian Joyce has had enough. The latest vandalism was the roller-painting of his Co-operators insurance sign at 1117 Lakeshore Rd., as well as a brick wall of the Sunripe produce store next door. “It’s sad because we’ve… Read more »

Lake Chipican visitor

Sarnia’s Raymond Knoll snapped this recent photo of a green heron at Lake Chipican. It was the first sighting of the specie this year at the pond, which typically featuring four to six green herons, he said. Other birds are missing or greatly reduced, with only one great egret and two blue herons reported so… Read more »