Exhibit features ‘outsider’ art from permanent collection

Cathy Dobson Each is little more than a square foot in size. The animals are out of proportion and the perspective is off. Yet the two folk art paintings by Maud Lewis, on exhibit now in downtown Sarnia, evoke real warmth and good cheer.  They’re an ideal anecdote for the cold winter months. And they are… Read more »

Filmmaker among those getting county cultural funding

Troy Shantz Lambton County director Aaron Huggett hopes to separate fact from fiction in his next film on Billy Bishop, the Canadian war hero. “Some of the details of his accounts of heroism have been questioned over the years, or aren’t supported by facts. So we’re going to explore that,” said Huggett. The film, to… Read more »

Planning director joins exodus of managers leaving City Hall

Troy Shantz & George Mathewson The man who was expected to serve as Sarnia’s acting CAO following the departure of Margaret Misek-Evans isn’t sticking around either. Alan Shaw, the Director of Planning, Building and Bylaw Enforcement, tendered his resignation this morning. He leaves Feb. 1. Sarnia’s Human Resources Director, Jim Crawford, confirmed Shaw was slated… Read more »

125-year-old map reveals details about historical Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Over more than 20 years of purchasing items for Grace Brothers Antiques, co-owner Steve Chitovas has come across just one original map of historical Sarnia. Luckily, he had the winning bid. Chitovas bought the 1893 map at auction in Milton, Ont. in 2001 after noticing it advertised in an auction newspaper. When he… Read more »

Ship Shape

Workers from Sarnia’s Central Machine and Marine guide a steel plate as it’s lowered to the deck of the Mississagi, a Lower Lakes Towing freighter. The ship is currently berthed at the North Slip Dock where it’s undergoing repairs. Glenn Ogilvie

Big jumper

Caleb Schiestel of Northern Collegiate takes a jump shot against Ursuline College of Chatham in a senior boys’ basketball game in Sarnia on Dec. 11. The Vikings won 60-44 to go 2-0 on the early LKSSAA season. Bruce Smith Special to The Journal

Away in a Manger

The birth of Jesus is captured in this stained glass nativity scene at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Known as the Belton Window, it was dedicated to Grace Doherty on Nov. 21, 1965 by her husband, Chester Belton. Glenn Ogilvie

Residents loan nativity sets to create unique Christmas show

Phil Egan At the old St. Joseph’s Hospital where I was born the white-robed Sisters of St. Joseph would erect a large nativity scene every Christmas in the hospital chapel. It depicted shepherds, animals, angels, wise men, and Mary and Joseph huddling under an expansive manger roof. But until Christmas Day, one piece was missing…. Read more »

Bill Weber acclaimed warden of Lambton County

Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber will serve a second consecutive term as warden of Lambton County after being acclaimed by his peers last week. The retired dairy farmer is the 158th warden, who serves as the head of county council. “The County of Lambton has a proud tradition of respect and collaboration with all levels… Read more »