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Passing motorists have ‘taken a gander’ for 65 years

George Gander and his daughter, Georgia, stand beside the family sign and local landmark on Lakeshore Road, a 65-year-old tradition that's coming to an end.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson George Gander and his daughter Georgia were admiring the distinctive sign that has graced the family’s front lawn for 65 years when a passing motorist braked and hollered, “You can’t take that sign down, you know! “If you do, no one will know where to turn!” He’s a neighbour and was joking, but… Read more »

Remembering Cashway

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This aerial photo circa 1970 shows the former Cashway store on Confederation Street, with Indian Road just visible at the top. The building supply centre opened in 1968 and was home to a tight-knit staff. In fact, 15 of the former employees got together to reminisce about old times at a reunion on March 25,… Read more »

Artifacts donated of city officer who killed ‘Red’ Ryan

Medals and other personal items of police officer and First World War veteran George Smith have been given to the Sarnia Historical Society,  including the King's Medal for Gallantry that Smith received after killing notorious bank robber Norman "Red" Ryan in 1936.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz Personal items belonging to the Sarnia police officer who killed Norman “Red” Ryan have been received by the Sarnia Historical society. “There’s personal mementos, there’s family connections, there’s also pictures I’ve never seen before of Sarnia Police officers standing outside of Sarnia City Hall,” said Society president Ron RealeSmith. “It pretty much encapsulates… Read more »

Planet Stitch makes complete orbit at Aamjiwnaang Park

Planet Stitch employees from left: graphic designer Jimi Brodimas, Patsy Simon, Colin Orme, Keely Bressette, Brandi Rosales, Brittany Simon, Duffy Simon and his month-old daughter Millie.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Duffy Simon was a 26-year-old Lambton College business grad with a strong work ethic and a big love of sports when he started his own company in 2006. Nearly 12 years later, he has made a large reinvestment in his expanding business and opened a new showroom, production floor and offices that he… Read more »

Week of May 25

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What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general 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 Thursday, May 25 Cycling The Lambton Outdoor… Read more »

City seeking public comment on drinking water fluoride

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Residents with an opinion on the divisive issue of fluoridated water can weigh in when a public meeting is held May 29 at City Hall. The 3 p.m. session will include presentations by Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton’s medical officer of health and a fluoride supporter, and Dr. Hardy Limeback, former president of the Canadian Association… Read more »

Big cast assembled to stage Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus, played by Steve Thrasher, is surrounded by fellow cast members in Hidden Talents’ Jesus Christ Superstar.
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Cathy Dobson   When Jesus Christ Superstar hits the Imperial Theatre stage on May 26 observant audience members might notice a new approach to make the sound bigger and cleaner. This is the first time veteran director Carrie Beauchamp of Hidden Talents has moved the orchestra out of the pit and onto the stage. Ten… Read more »

City woman just says ‘no’ to chemo

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Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman who is seeking a costly natural treatment to fight her fourth battle with cancer says she is overwhelmed by the community’s financial support. Cindy VanHoogenhuize is well known as the owner at Sharky’s Athletic Club on London Line and as a tireless supporter of local non-profits and charitable causes. When… Read more »

Crafting ‘recovery pieces’ helps woman battle eating disorder

Kinleigh Stewart holds up one of her 'Warriorbits.'
Troy Shantz

Tara Jeffrey Kinleigh Stewart’s handmade jewelry is so much more than a hobby. “I usually make them when I’m in a mood,” said the 26 year-old, who recently returned from treatment for an eating disorder, and began crafting her jewelry as a means of personal therapy. “So, while I’m making it, I use what I’m feeling… Read more »