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OPINION: Ode to the French fry

George Mathewson I once had a T-shirt that championed the benefits of canned vegetable month. But since learning there’s also a National French Fry Day, I have switched causes. How did I not know this before? I love French fries. Straight or curly or crinkle-cut, sprinkled with salt and catsup on the side, or smothered… Read more »

New tea store hits us with their best pot

Cathy Dobson One of Canada`s fastest growing retailers, DAVIDsTEA, is opening a location in Sarnia on July 18. DAVIDsTEA started in Toronto in 2008 with a store on Queen Street and has rapidly opened 135 more in Canada and 25 in the U.S. Now the Montreal-based company known for its bright, youthful marketing is coming… Read more »

Race to Erase aiming for 50 teams this year

Cathy Dobson Volunteers organizing Sarnia’s 10th annual Race to Erase want to register teams now in anticipation of their biggest event yet on Sept. 26. “Our goal is to get 50 teams with four members each this year,” says co-founder Rich Bouchard.  The 2014 Race to Erase attracted 43 teams, so Bouchard says finding seven… Read more »

Art gallery mounts completed Ophelia project

Cathy Dobson With summer stretching before us and the kids out of school, the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG) has several intriguing exhibits and a family-friendly Sunday art program that might appeal. The public gallery has remounted an exhibition from 2013 that was created for the building`s grand opening with the help of… Read more »

Sting take Finn in first round of CHL Import Draft

Barry Wright For only the second time in the past nine seasons, the Sarnia Sting looked to Finland for their first round selection in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft. The club chose sharp-shooting winger Patrik Laine with its first round pick last week. The other Finn taken by Sarnia in recent memory was… Read more »

Rockin’ the boat

It was not a good hair day for media types participating in a June 23 promotional event for the International Powerboat Festival. From left, Heather Manners of K106 FM Radio, Sam McFadden of TVCogeco and Sarah Woodley of The Fox 99.9 FM react as their 36-foot powerboat flies over the St. Clair River at speeds… Read more »

Nothing sketchy about this new business

Cathy Dobson Sabrina Barich’s decision to fight the monotony of studying for exams by picking up a sketchpad, ultimately led to self-employment this summer. “I was in first year university and needed a break so I tried to sketch (British singer) Ed Sheeran for my sister,” explains 21-year-old Barich. She’d always enjoyed art class in… Read more »

Camp Saredaca to be ready for summer

The city has rushed to replace a mouldy ceiling at Camp Saredaca just in time for the summer camping season. City council approved $24,000 for the work last week, which was the final piece in a six-month painting, reshingling and general cleanup of the camp on Blackwell Road. The city’s summer day camp programs and… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – To the nearest hundred, what is the seating capacity of the Imperial Theatre? 2 – What actor represented Scotland in the 1952 Mr. Universe contest? 3 – Sarnia teen Jayla Giorgi has been selected to perform with the Cirque du Soleil in the opening ceremonies of what event in Toronto on July 10th?… Read more »