New phone app to encourage local food production

Cell phone

Heather Wright A new phone app is set to put more local food on your fork. Western University is working with farmers, food producers and local restaurants in southwestern Ontario on the SmartAppetite app, said committee members Margaret Milczarek. The group is making fresh, seasonal food easy and convenient. “Local food is tricky, making sure… Read more »

Blackwell named for railway boss

Wagon teams loaded with sugar beets line up at the Blackwell Station, circa 1920. Blackwell was names for Thomas E. Blackwell, general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway. Photo courtesy Don Craig, Glenn C. Phillips, Sarnia: More Picture History.

George Mathewson Sarnia has two roads called Blackwell – Blackwell Road and Blackwell Sideroad – and like the crosshairs on a gun sight they intersect at the Blackwell train station. Or, more precisely, where the Blackwell train station used to be. The station and community that grew up around it were named for Thomas E…. Read more »

The buzz on the street


Nancy Stock takes a snapshot of a large hornet nest in front of her home on Coral Way. The tree was buzzing with bald-faced hornets, a specie known for their hanging paper nests and for defending them with repeated stings. At presstime, city workers were scheduled to take it down. Glenn Ogilvie

What’s Happening, week of Aug. 21

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to  Thursday, Aug. 21 Choir Concert Grace United Church is hosting… Read more »

Mist opportunity

Bridge Fog

A cool summer has periodically produced thick fog at the mouth of Lake Huron, added to the always majestic atmosphere beneath the Blue Water Bridge. The fog in this image departed as quickly and mysteriously as it arrived earlier this month. Stacey Peters, The Journal

Help for mental health centre

A place where mental health clients and their families can meet and recover has received a $25,000 grant from the Sarnia Community Foundation. Open Doors is a city centre that offers a supportive environment to anyone over the age of 16 who has a mental illness or has used the mental health system. The goal… Read more »

Reigning monarchs: Raising butterflies a rewarding hobby

Shorly after emerging, a new adult monarch prepares to fly for the first time. Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson “Here’s one,” says Karen Durance, flipping over a leaf to reveal a tiny white dot. It’s an egg, the size of a pinhead. And if all goes well, in three weeks another monarch butterfly will leave her Sarnia backyard and head for Mexico. “It’s absolutely amazing to see it,” says Durance, who expects… Read more »

Ran, but couldn’t hide

On July 31, a stolen pickup truck almost clipped a Sarnia Police cruiser on Colborne Road before entering a parking lot shortly after midnight, police said. The officer, with cruiser lights flashing, pulled in behind. But the stolen truck jumped a curb and took off east on Cathcart Boulevard. A short pursuit was called off… Read more »

Time to jazz it up

George Delgrosso of Dr. D. and All That Jazz will play the 14th annual Can Am Jazz event on Aug. 24.
Glenn Ogilvie

Journal Staff Tickets are on sale now for the 14th annual Can Am Jazz event featuring Dr. George Delgrosso and a roster of local and regional musical artists. Can Am Jazz is held every year and supports the Sarnia Community Foundation and the Bluewater Health Foundation. This year’s lineup begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug…. Read more »