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Gallery in the Grove turns 35 this year

Cathy Dobson  Sheila Brown and Clare Bloxam are always on the lookout for the “wow” factor. It’s not an easy job to choose the six shows to be exhibited at Gallery in the Grove every year. Brown and Bloxam volunteer as exhibition planners on a board of directors that works year-round to ensure established and… Read more »

City moves to seamless bylaw enforcement

Journal Staff The people who round up stray dogs and write up parking tickets are now one and the same in Sarnia. City hall has consolidated its three bylaw enforcement units into a single division, a move that’s expected to save money and speed response times, said Jane Cooper, director of planning and building. Staff… Read more »

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 »

Kett has sights set on Team Canada

Barry Wright Dylan Kett has a plan. The 17-year-old student at Ecole Secondaire St. Francois Xavier in Sarnia wants to wear the Team Canada jersey for our national sledge hockey team at the Paralympic Games in 2018 or 2022. “I have to keep working hard and developing my game,” said Kett, a first-year member of… 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 »

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 »