Local world champion on the move

Barry Wright Point Edward’s loss is Oakville’s gain. Ian Van Reenen began a full-time job this week as a professional firefighter with the Oakville Fire Department, leaving a volunteer position with the village. But the 22-year-old didn’t depart without first padding his resume by winning another Canadian men’s crown at the National Scott Firefit Championships… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Whose autobiography was entitled “The Long Walk to Freedom?” 2 -With a possible start date of this fall, federal grant money will be used to widen and finish what trail? 3 – In the fairy tale, what did Jack exchange to obtain five magic beans? 4 – The recent “Day of Caring” signalled… Read more »

Activism for busy women with no time

Tara Jeffrey What can 100 women do when they come together for a good cause? Joanne Hines wants to find out. The local woman has launched the area’s first “100 Women Who Care” chapter, based on a growing trend in community activism catering to like-minded women who want to give back but may not necessarily… Read more »

Osprey hunting in Lake Chipican

Reader Jeff Hunking captured this image of an osprey fishing for lunch in Lake Chipican on Sept. 16. Osprey are large, fish-eating hawks with a wingspan of 1.6 metres (five feet). Though Canada is home to one third of the world’s population, osprey are not a common sight locally. The birds are dramatic hunters able… Read more »

Photographer finding a wider audience

Cathy Dobson For three decades, Sarnia’s Doug Bisson has been taking photographs and quietly marketing them around the world, but seldom in his hometown. His work hangs in venues around the globe including the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas and the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. About seven years ago, an international art consultant contacted… Read more »

Sky’s the limit for new marketing venture

Cathy Dobson   Most Sarnians aren’t yet aware of what a difference a drone can make to a marketing campaign. But Anne Lannan and Mark Bandura, co-owners of Dragonfly Media, are confident that’s about to change. Both are certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots, having graduated from the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre where they learned to… Read more »

Week of Sept. 24

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 Wednesday, Sept. 23 Book Discussion Author and… Read more »

Painter Emily Carr a Canadian icon

Cathy Dobson  Editor’s Note: The doors open Oct. 2 at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery on an exhibition billed as the most important art event in Sarnia’s history, the only Ontario stop for the internationally-acclaimed Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This is the third in a series of articles. It’s not surprising Lord… Read more »