New post for Bailey

Bob Bailey has a new job at Queen’s Park The MPP for Sarnia-Lambton was appointed critic for democratic reform and intergovernmental affairs with the Conservatives last week. Party Leader Patrick Brown also tagged Bailey to return as the opposition deputy whip when the Legislature resumed business Monday. Bailey said he sees the new role as… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What was the lawyer’s name in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird?’ 2 – One of Sarnia’s oldest streets was once called Trongate Street, named for a famous street in Glasgow? What is it called today? 3 – In the signature song from the musical  “The Music Man”, how many trombones led the big parade?… Read more »

Beaverbrook: The flamboyant man behind the art

Cathy Dobson Editor’s Note: In three weeks the doors will open 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 first in a series of articles explaining the significance… Read more »

Week of Sept. 10

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. 9 Bluewater Ski Club Hosts… Read more »

Bingo goes upscale with chandeliers, a baby grand

Cathy Dobson Bingo has never felt so swanky. In a bid to attract more players to Sarnia’s last remaining hall, Bingo Country Holdings Ltd. is doing a complete overhaul of its building and adding new attractions like eBingo and a piano lounge. Bingo Country, which is changing its name to Jackpot City, continues to operate… Read more »

Local arts therapy program subject of academic study

Journal Staff Does a free therapeutic arts program enrich the lives of local youth? That’s what a Lambton College research study will determine about Sarnia-Lambton Rebound’s ACT II. The theatre-based program uses an artistic approach to help youth reach their full potential in a fun environment. Principal investigator Michelle Shelswell said the research study will… Read more »

PHOTO ESSAY: Beach rocks once a cheap building material

George Mathewson Scattered around Sarnia are the remnants of a building craft that has all but disappeared – beach stone construction. Round and difficult to stack, beach stones are far from an ideal masonry material. But for Sarnia’s early masons they were easy to find, easy to move and free for the taking. Chimneys, home… Read more »

Snubbed MPP watches Labour Day parade from sidelines

Journal Staff Despite being uninvited to participate in the Labour Day parade by the Sarnia & District Labour Council, Conservative MPP Bob Bailey received a generally warm response from the rank and file on Monday. Many marchers in the 113th annual parade waved back and a number left the procession to shake Bailey’s hand as… Read more »

Neighbours oppose Cathcart bike lanes

Jack Poirier Neighbours on Cathcart Boulevard are fighting the bike lanes proposed for the north-end thoroughfare. The proposal would eliminate street parking on the north side of Cathcart between Colborne and Murphy roads, as well as a section on the south curb. “The bike lanes just aren’t necessary,” said neighbour Barb Seed, who fears city… Read more »

Corunna fiddler wins Canadian crown

Cathy Dobson Corunna’s Greg Henry is arguably the best fiddler in Canada but he couldn’t be more modest about it. “I guess I’ve been playing pretty well this summer,” he says of his recent win at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Moncton, New Brunswick. Henry’s parents introduced their son to the fiddle when… Read more »