Sarnia’s living war memorial

With their leaves turning red this living tribute planted by local Scouts in 2013 in Heritage Park is now clearly visible from the air. Each tree was planted in memory of one soldier from Sarnia who died in the First World War. Last fall, a plaque naming each of the soldiers was dedicated during a… Read more »

Halloween store doing scary good business

Cathy Dobson   A local couple says they couldn’t have predicted the success of their seasonal Halloween store. “Our Sarnia location is the number one Halloween Alley store in Ontario,” says dealer/operator Peter Kyte. “It’s been fabulous from the moment we opened the doors Sept. 9.” Kyte and partner Shelley Wise operate Halloween Alley locations… Read more »

OPINION: 10 reasons to keep your cat indoors

George Mathewson Last week The Journal revealed how City Hall has received more than 1,000 calls this year from residents cheesed off about domestic animals, especially cats, running at large. Here are 10 reasons why you, dear cat owner, should keep Tinkerbelle indoors: 1 – Your neighbours: They don’t like it. Even the most tolerant… Read more »

From small town to the silver screen

Tara Jeffrey Patricia Rozema fondly remembers gazing out onto the St. Clair River, dreaming of where a love for storytelling could take her. She was 19, working as a summer intern at the Sarnia Observer. “I thought — how can I make a living telling stories about human beings?” said the Sarnia native and acclaimed… Read more »

Week of Oct. 29

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, Oct. 28 Computer Users Guest speaker… Read more »

Letters: Week of Oct. 29

Businesses still not accessible Sir: Since 2002 I have tried, to no avail to shop the small businesses here in Sarnia. I tried by being part of the Accessibility Committee, doing many newspaper articles, a video on Facebook and writing many letters to the editors of Sarnia’s newspapers. I have even approached, and sat in… Read more »

The Methodist Mission and Sarnia’s first schoolhouse

Phil Egan When I was 10 years old, my family lived on South Christina Street, one house north of Devine Street. Directly across the road was the sprawling yard of the Lawrence Lumber Company, which I watched burn during a spectacular fire in the mid-50s. It was only later that I realized I was within… Read more »

The Journal’s Q&A with Marilyn Gladu

Cathy Dobson The morning after voters elected Conservative Marilyn Gladu as Sarnia-Lambton’s next MP, the 52-year-old chemical engineer sat down with The Journal to discuss the rigors of the campaign, the next four years and the pitfalls of opening up on Facebook. JOURNAL:  Let’s talk about your opposition role.  What do you bring personally that is… Read more »

Spoken Word a supportive space for artists

Cathy Dobson   Every month, Sarnians can participate in or watch a unique experience involving original word play and performances. The Spoken Word is a two-hour, unrehearsed show about language that features everything from poetry to short stories, and video productions to great guitar licks. It’s held the last Friday of the month. “It’s exactly… Read more »

World Curling Tour stops in Sarnia

Barry Wright Twenty-eight teams from Canada, the U.S., Switzerland and South Korea are at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club this weekend as part of the World Curling Tour. The 4th annual Huron RepoGraphics Oil Heritage Classic features 16 teams from Ontario, one from New Brunswick, and nine from the U.S. along with the Swiss… Read more »