The wild history of the Riverport Tavern

Kip Cuthbert The building known today as the Riverport Tavern dates back to 1886, when it opened as the bank of the fledgling Alpha Oil Co. The company had been founded by Thurston G. Hall, a chemist who convinced a group of U.S. millionaires to buy up the old Dominion Oil refinery to produce a… Read more »

Metal in the kettle

Frieda Kobler drops a donation in a kettle while Salvation Army member Margo Brett and co-ordinator Laura Raiger offer thanks at the Christmas Red Kettle campaign kick-off at the Great Canadian Superstore last week. Money deposited in the familiar red kettles goes directly to the Salvation Army’s food bank and family services. The local agency… Read more »

Sets, buds and Rock n’ Roll for Christmas

Cathy Dobson Dave Chaulk jokes that rehearsals for this year’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas have taken four months, “but really it’s been about 30 years.” Many local musicians in the show have been performing for decades, he explains.  “I just can’t believe the talent.” This year’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas on Dec. 18 and 19… Read more »

Is Sarnia’s brain drain finally ending?

Cathy Dobson Young people who leave the city to attend college and university are increasingly returning to their hometown, says Shauna Carr, executive director of the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board. “A lot are coming back. They are coming back to raise their families and buy homes, and they are bringing their friends,” Carr said… Read more »

Week of Nov. 26

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, Nov. 25 Foodgrains Bank Teacher Colleen… Read more »

Homegrown soprano joining ISO Christmas show

Journal Staff Sarnians can get an early jump on the holiday season when the International Symphony Orchestra presents it annual Christmas celebration, A Child is Born. The Dec. 5 show at Bethel Church features acclaimed Canadian soprano and Petrolia native Erica Warder, who will join the symphony and the symphony singers under the baton of… Read more »

Face veils: Two Muslim women explain why they choose to cover up

Cathy Dobson Rezan Mosa admits she gets more stares and more “stinkeye” since the ISIS attacks in Paris, but she has no intention of going out in public without her face-covering niqab. “Whenever shootings happen Muslim’s become afraid,” she said. “But we shouldn’t have to feel fearful. Muslims are also horrified by Paris and condemn… Read more »

Adults find colourful new way to de-stress

George Mathewson Rain is pelting the windows as three young moms walk into the Bright’s Grove library, pull up chairs and begin colouring on sheets of paper. The music is calming and a table jar bristles with dozens of pencil crayons. Amy Bennett says she discovered adult colouring about three months ago after a friend… Read more »

Lawrence House roof delayed

Repairs to the leaky slate roof at the Lawrence House have been postpones to the spring. A new slate roof was installed in the 1980s on the downtown arts centre, which was built by lumber baron William Lawrence in 1892. But the wrong kind of nails were used and some of the stone shingles have… Read more »