Lyric soprano to headline ISO spring concert

The International Symphony Orchestra and Singers.
Submitted Photo

Journal Staff A fan favourite with International Symphony Orchestra audiences is returning to Sarnia by special invitation to headline a spring concert on Saturday, March 25. Soprano Emily Douglass is a graduate of the University of Michigan and an award-winning opera singer who has performed with orchestras and for audience across North American and Europe…. Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – The film Cool Runnings is about a bobsled team from what country that competed at the 1988 Calgary Olympics? 2 – On what city street would you find the Henry T. Ross substation, built as part of Sarnia Consumer’s Gas Plant in 1880 and named for a former mayor of Sarnia? 3 –… Read more »

It was a sad day when the bell tolled for Polly

Polly lived at the old George Street fire hall, which was on the north side of George near the intersection of Victoria Street. Built in 1859 it was razed for parking when the East Street fire hall opened in 1965.
Photo courtesy, Sarnia Historical Society

Phil Egan It was a death that would rock the Sarnia Fire Department. Back in 1933, the department was seven years shy of its 100th anniversary. Over that time, Sarnia firefighters had saved countless lives, rescuing many from a terrible death. But on this day they might have actually caused one. Polly the Parrot had… Read more »

Roadwork approved for several city streets


Journal Staff Several city streets are scheduled for repair this summer. Talfourd Street between Vidal and Proctor will be reconstructed with separated sanitary and storm sewers, as well as new boulevards and sidewalks. That project includes the reconstruction of three short streets running south from Talfourd, namely Margaret, Emma and Stuart. Warwick–based Van Bree Drainage… Read more »

Kiwanis Club planning huge day for children this summer

The Children's Animal Farm in Canatara Park
Glenn Ogilvie file photo

Tara Jeffrey Thousands of youngsters are expected to flock to Canatara Park this summer for the first-ever Kiwanis Kids Free Day at the Farm. “We’ve been sponsoring the Children’s Animal Farm in Canatara for 50 years and this is Canada’s 150th, so we wanted to do something special at the farm this year,” said Ken… Read more »

THE BORDER: ‘Trump Slump’ could be good for tourism

A growing reluctance to travel to the U.S. these days could benefit Sarnia-Lambton's tourism industry.
Journal file photo

Cathy Dobson Sarnia-Lambton is positioned for an economic boost thanks to a phenomenon tourism leaders are calling the Trump Slump. Interest in travel to the U.S. has nosedived since President Donald Trump’s election, with a significant drop in flight searches and bookings since his inauguration and controversial travel ban. A stream of stories about Canadian… Read more »

Expanded Sitara Indian restaurant keeps ‘em cumin

Manjit Singh and Balwinder Kaur, owners of Sitara Indian Cuisine.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Manjit Singh and his wife Balwinder Kaur recently invested $100,000 to upgrade the kitchen at Sitara Indian Cuisine and quadruple the seating capacity. “When we opened in 2012, we didn’t know how busy we would be,” says Singh. “We didn’t know if we would make it or not, but we feel we are a… Read more »

THE BORDER: Claims soar as refugees exit Trump’s America


Troy Shantz The number of refugees seeking asylum in Canada at the Blue Water Bridge and other Southern Ontario border crossings has surged since U.S. president Donald Trump was elected last November, statistics indicate. Refugee claims averaged 434 a month in the first three months after Trump’s election, according to Canada Border Services Agency data…. Read more »

Week of March 16

Whats Happening

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 Thursday, March 16 Lenten Organ Series Central… Read more »