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Sarnia’s evolving downtown

THEN … Hundreds of milling residents can be seen surveying the wreckage in this aerial photo, taken May 21, 1953, just hours after a powerful tornado ripped through Sarnia’s downtown. The twister damaged 250 buildings, left dozen of families homeless and caused $5-million damage to the city. Note the roof of the former Taylor’s Furniture building,… Read more »

Local hurlers win provincial crown

Barry Wright A pair of Sarnia pitchers who have been best friends since their days at Northern Collegiate are back from the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Senior “C” Provincial tournament with championship rings on their fingers. Andrew Goss and Mark Zylstra, both 29, were members of the Forest Dragons of the Western Counties Baseball Association,… Read more »

Sarnia’s forgotten tornado of 1879

John Rochon Most Sarnians know of the devastating tornado that struck on May 21, 1953, causing extensive damage throughout the city. But few people know of a tornado that struck Sarnia and the surrounding area on Friday, July 11, 1879. Around 10 a.m. a terrible storm of wind and rain hit the town and lasted… Read more »

Cox Gardens taking shape

The latest addition to Sarnia’s park system is rapidly nearing completion. Cox Gardens is a 2.5-acre greenspace in Germain Park that features meandering walkways, a gazebo and stage area, and a reflective pool near the existing jet monument. The site offers plenty of places to sit and relax, listen to entertainment or participate in exercise… Read more »

OPINION: Dabbling in witchcraft

George Mathewson News that a Quebec man has been charged with falsely practicing witchcraft is a reminder that sorcery and black magic didn’t start and end in colonial Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, one of the most spectacular cases of witchcraft in Canadian history involved a teacher from Lambton County, who was charged following a series of… Read more »

A walk on the wet side

Sarge was reluctant at first to get her paws wet at the McPherson Fountain. But with a little coaxing from her master Sean King, of Sarnia, the four-month-old German shepherd pup was right at home. With strong winds blowing spray over the walkway and the pair opted to walk through for a refreshing break from… Read more »

Are you ready for The Journal trivia challenge?

1.    In what year was Mike Bradley first elected as mayor of Sarnia? 2.   What federal cabinet minister recently caused a controversy when he donned a T-shirt bearing the logo of a pro-gun lobby group at a party fundraiser? 3.    What goalie starred for the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team in 2014? 4.    Nominated for… Read more »

MacLean Centre is coming down

Journal Staff The H. G. MacLean Centre in Centennial Park has a date with the wrecking ball. The former restaurant and meeting hall will be razed down to its concrete support pad on Oct. 18. The concrete floor itself will be removed when remediation work begins later this fall on the park’s contaminated soil. Murray… Read more »

Sarnia homes that aren’t really homes

George Mathewson Sarnia is dotted with homes that aren’t really homes at all. They’re actually electrical substations, urban imposter designed to blend in with their single-family neighbours. Built mostly during Sarnia’s industrial boom of the 1950s and 1960s, these “transformer homes” show a surprising sensitivity to their surroundings. It would have been quicker and cheaper… Read more »