Pilot boat captain saved the crew of sinking steamer

Olive Campbell stands at the 'bow' of what was once the Sidney E. Smith steam ship, now a dock on Sarnia's harbourfront.
Glenn Ogilvie

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Ollie Campbell is grateful the city is publicly recognizing her late husband for the dozens of lives he saved many years ago. A colourful storyboard describing the heroics of Capt. Robert Campbell on the night of June 5, 1972, when the Sidney E. Smith steamer went down in the St. Clair River,… Read more »

Amazing ‘Silo House’ goes against the grain

The "Silo Home" of Patti and Doug Grant in Bright's Grove is sometimes mistaken for a lighthouse.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson One of Sarnia’s funkiest homes is also one of its oldest structures. The “Silo House” in Bright’s Grove is four floors of handcrafted originality packed into a converted grain silo built in 1842 for the community’s first farm. “When people first see it they love it because it’s so strange,” said Patti Grant,… Read more »

Detox centres moving forward


Journal Staff Planning has begun on a 16-bed residential addiction treatment centre in Sarnia-Lambton. A steering committee has been assembled and an architectural firm hired, Bluewater Health officials say. The committee will begin assessing the needs of clients and planning the design and construction of the building. And the Toronto-based firm DIALOG will develop a… Read more »

County loses discrimination case


Heather Wright The County of Lambton discriminated against an employee with bipolar disorder, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. The tribunal has ordered the county to reinstate the man to his former position and pay three years of back wages, interest and damages, which could total more than $300,000. Tribunal vice-chair Ken Bhattacharjee issued… Read more »

Respected local politician passes


Ken James was a devoted public figure and two-term MP for Sarnia-Lambton. He died, surrounded by family, on Sept. 24, at the age of 80. James grew up on the family’s Blackwell Road farm and was a marketing and sales manager before entering politics. In the former Sarnia Township he served as a councillor and… Read more »

Clara Hughes to speak

Clara Hughes. Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at a Bluewater Health fundraising gala Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn. Tickets to hear the inspirational athlete and mental health advocate are $250, with proceeds to the hospital’s mental health and addiction programs. Hughes is the only Canadian to have won… Read more »

Nutritional consultant puts focus on prevention

Lisa Matlovich has opened a nutritional consultanting office in Sarnia.
Glenn Ogilvie

Cathy Dobson Lisa Matlovich likes to put the whole picture together before advising a client. As a registered nutritional consultant, she says it’s important to take into consideration all the factors that impact her clients’ health, not just what they eat. If there’s a doctor involved, she wants to know what they say. If there… Read more »

Boys’ Brigade Hall had long history

The Armouries building had a long and varied history on the site of the current city hall. Visible to the right is St. Andrew's Church.
John Rochon Collection

John Rochon Many local residents have fond memories of the old Sarnia Armoury, located where our city hall sits today. But fewer would remember when it was a movie theatre, and even fewer could recall its original purpose. The Boys’ Brigade was an organization founded by William A. Smith in Glasgow, Scotland in 1883, and… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

Trivia Dog

1.  In 1994, what OHL franchise moved to Sarnia and became the Sarnia Sting? 2. What 90-year-old English film director and Oscar winner for the film Gandhi, passed away in late August? 3. To pay for its upkeep, how was money raised to maintain Plank Road from 1862 until 1926? 4.   What comes before “Rattle… Read more »