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Mayor honours Sarnians who made a difference

Journal Staff They span the realms of history and music and make-believe, and they work with children, the dying and distraught. But a unifying thread does connect the 18 individuals and organizations named to Mayor Mike Bradley’s Honour List for 2014 – a desire to make Sarnia a better place. “The list is a tribute… Read more »

ALZHEIMER’S: Act quickly for wandering patients

Journal Staff Saturday is a trigger for Patricia Wright. The entertainment options are the slimmest that day at the assisted living home where 83-year-old lives. So Saturday is the day she tends to wander. Wright, who has dementia, became lost during one of those strolls last summer, and precariously ventured through a bustling construction zone… Read more »

Act quickly with wandering Alzheimer patients

Journal Staff Saturday is a trigger for Patricia Wright. The entertainment options are the slimmest that day at the assisted living home where 83-year-old lives. So Saturday is the day she tends to wander. Wright, who has dementia, became lost during one of those strolls last summer, and precariously ventured through a bustling construction zone… Read more »

Lawrence House juried art show now open

A new exhibition has opened at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. The Floyd Gibson Members’ Juried Show features works by Lambton County artists in a variety of mediums, with cash prizes donated by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. Here, juror Corinne Schieman, of Artopia Gallery and Framing, inspects Spanning Phoenixity, a work of acrylic… Read more »

Sports fields now smoke-free

All public sports fields and playgrounds in Sarnia are now smoke-free. On Jan. 1 smoking became illegal anywhere within 20 metres of soccer fields, baseball diamonds, splash pads, beach volleyball courts, playgrounds and other areas. “Children are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke,” said Ashlyn Brown, a health promoter with Lambton Public… Read more »

The Journal loves a good quote. Here are 10 that caught our eye in 2014 10 – “Picasso could paint all the buildings downtown, but if he doesn’t have permission it’s still graffiti.” – Sarnia Police Const. Chris Moxley, who uses social media to track taggers   9 – “It’s sad to see the school… Read more »

Busy photographer recorded city’s early history

John Rochon John Philip Barron was the most prolific of Sarnia’s early photographers. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland on Jan. 7, 1842 to William Barron Jr. and Annie Lumsden, he emigrated with his family two years later to Canada, settling in St. Mary’s, Ont. Barron’s first occupation was as a cooper, making barrels. He married his… Read more »

Saying goodbye to an historic church

Heather Wright Special to The Journal The final service held last week at Christ Church in Camlachie was an especially poignant one. Members of the tiny Anglican Church on Egremont Road said goodbye to the historic building as they prepare to disband after 137 years of worship. In 1877 the Rev. Issac Bearfoot, a First… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      What 60-year-old Christmas classic features the characters Betty and Judy Haynes and such songs as “Let it Snow” and “Sisters”? 2.      Where in Point Edward would you find the Souls Memorial, a thin stone monument that contains, among other features, a series of faces that Anishinaabe artist Dennis Henry-Shawnoo designed and sculpted? 3.      Sidney… Read more »

City couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

Marco Vigliotti Alfred Ruffilli vividly remembers the carefree drive he took around Sarnia on a Saturday afternoon some 75 years ago that led to his first date with Noreen. Cruising the town, Alfred spotted her with a group of girls – some of whom he recognized from SCITS – congregating near one of their homes…. Read more »