New club owner plans to bring in big name acts

Jack Poirier A Torontonian turned Sarnian has ambitious plans to turn an historic nightclub into a major concert hall. Stuart Manchee, 30, purchased Rustic on June 1 with plans to convert the former Campbell Street Station into a destination spot for live music lovers. “I am doing a full rebrand. I really want to focus… Read more »


Maryanne Partington provided this birds-eye view of the annual Canada Day fireworks on Sarnia Bay from the roof of the Kenwick Building last night. Submitted Photo

Pooch pals: Therapy dogs bringing joy to dementia patients

Tara Jeffrey When Judy Doan put out a volunteer call for a new Alzheimer Society project, it was the four-legged kind she had in mind. “My staff suggested that a lot of our clients living at home could benefit from visits from dogs,” said the executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton, who is… Read more »

Checking out the new gardens

A special ceremony was held on June 24 to officially open the new Cox Gardens in Germaine Park, but just hours after the cake was cut and the speeches done, Mike Ross found his own way to enjoy the latest addition to Sarnia’s park system. For more on Cox Gardens and the gracious philanthropist who… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of July 2

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, July 1 Canada Day Sarnia’s annual… Read more »

City council hires integrity cop to ensure good behaviour

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s council has decided it’s a good idea to hire an integrity commissioner, despite the city’s 101-year history without one. Robert Swayze, a municipal lawyer from Caledon with more than 40 years of experience, has been hired on a $3,000 annual retainer starting July 1. If his services are required, he’ll be paid $280… Read more »

Photographer from Africa carves out new life in Sarnia

Cathy Dobson An engaging photograph doesn’t just record a moment in time; it tells a story, says Oluwasegun “Bisi” Alawode, a recent Lambton College grad who just mounted his second photo exhibition. “My work is about the beauty or excellence of the people in my photos. That gives it meaning and that’s what I love,”… Read more »

New funding for Lambton College health centre

The prognosis for a new health education centre at Lambton College is looking much brighter thanks to a $20-million pledge from the federal and provincial governments. The boost announced June 24 came just two days after the college had launched a $45-million capital campaign at the Sarnia campus. The Envision Tomorrow campaign aims to raise… Read more »

Torch passed at city auto dealership

Journal Staff It isn’t every day an apprentice mechanic works his up to become president of an automotive company. Yet it’s happened twice now at Lambton Motors, where the new president, Rob Ravensberg, has just been handed the reigns by the retiring one, Harold Hall. ‘It is rare,” Ravensberg said. “But having that kind of… Read more »