Screen dreams: New film festival coming to Sarnia with strong lineup

Tara Jeffrey Sarnia’s first-ever international film festival is shaping up to be a hot ticket next month — with an impressive docket of prominent feature films, guest speakers, and even a few interesting local connections. “It’s extremely ambitious,” organizer Ravi Srinivasan said of the inaugural South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF), running Nov. 5-8 in… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What five-line form of poetry is named after an Irish city? 2 – Hiawatha Horse Park will be the venue this weekend for pro racers vying for prize money in what sport? 3 – Since 1865, Wellington has been the capital city of what country? 4 – All or nothing: For two points,… Read more »

Local duo reviving sport of table tennis

Barry Wright Two table tennis enthusiasts are revitalizing the sport by reviving a local club. Rory Goulding and Tom Rocca say the Sarnia Table Tennis Club will meet for three, 12-week sessions each Tuesday and Thursday evening in the gym at Paterson Presbyterian Church on Russell Street South. Each night will include two, 90-minute sessions… Read more »

Thefts “frustrating” for Habitat ReStore

Cathy Dobson Despite surveillance cameras and five arrests, thefts are continuing to occur at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on London Line. Outdoor cameras installed in May have revealed at least 12 suspects, Sarnia Police say. A video compilation widely circulated last month (https://youtu.be/BgLNPOPb1a4) resulted in the arrest of five individuals. The value of the… Read more »

OPINION: Rising lake rips into shoreline

George Mathewson Score one for Lake Huron. A breach in the seawall between Telfer and Brigden sideroads has grown alarmingly since The Journal described the state of Sarnia’s shaky shoreline defences earlier this year. The lake has ripped out 100 feet of rusty steel wall just east of the Cull Drain, scoured out more than… Read more »

BEAVERBROOK: Krieghoff’s frolicking boozers

Cathy Dobson Editor’s Note: The doors opened last week 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 of the internationally-acclaimed Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This is the fifth in a series of articles. Of the 600 to 700… Read more »

Hill aiming to rejoin U.S. golf tour

Barry Wright Sarnia’s Matt Hill is hoping a little quiet time will take his golf game to the next level. “I started meditating this year,” said the graduate of North Carolina State University, where he won the NCAA Division I men’s golf title in 2009. “I feel like that’s really helped me a lot. It’s… Read more »

Hockey comedy launches Theatre Sarnia’s 89th season

Cathy Dobson They said it couldn’t be done, but Jay Peckham didn’t listen and says “they” were wrong. “Everybody thought we were crazy to choose a play that features eight strong male roles,” says the director of the upcoming Theatre Sarnia production of Shorthanded. “Finding men to do lead roles is a perpetual challenge for… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal Trivia Challenge

1 – What is the main colour in China’s national flag? 2 – What local club takes its name from the first name of a famous medieval philosopher, scholar and poet? 3 – Walk a mile in his shoes? 7’1”, 325 lb. former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal wears what size shoe? (within two) 4 –… Read more »

A chance to join the bandwagon

Cathy Dobson Attention elementary school students who love music and dream about playing in a band: This may be your lucky day. More than 30 years after its formation, the Lakeroad Lions Band is opening the door to all Sarnia-Lambton students in Grades 4 to 8 who want to learn to play an instrument and perform… Read more »