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The permanent residents of Lakeview Cemetery do tell tales

George Mathewson Peter Pennington had a bounty of $800 placed on his head when he and a group of other black slaves escaped from their Maryland masters in 1856. Fleeing north on the “Underground Railroad,” Pennington made his way to Sarnia, became a fisherman and apparently got on well. When he died in 1884 he… Read more »

Local control of the Blue Water Bridge shifting to Ottawa

Cathy Dobson After 50 years of operating with a local board of directors, the decision-making at Blue Water Bridge Canada is about to move to Ottawa. The changes are mandated by the federal government and expected to kick in Feb. 1. But it’s still not known if a local representative will be appointed to the… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Let’s get a handle on coffee mugs

Sheila Kozmin The serving staff at some of Sarnia’s coffee shops has been giving me the finger! They need to get a handle on this. Let me explain. Like many Canadians I love my Timmy’s, or a facsimile.  And I like it served in a china mug. Herein lies the problem; when the server hands… Read more »


Reader Peter Norris sent this photo of a coyote trotting on the ice of the St. Clair River directly in front of downtown Sarnia today. The animal was headed south, toward the Chemical Valley, with Port Huron in the background. The shot was taken Tuesday morning from the offices of George Murray Shipley and Bell…. Read more »

On frozen pond

Larry Dinyer brought his snowblower to Lake Chipican on Tuesday, to the delight of local skaters. Dinyer cleared snow from several existing skating pads and also created a new one. “I have two grandsons who like to play hockey,” said the retired owner of Dinyer Bus Lines, adding he also likes to lace up the blades…. Read more »

Lucky cat survives coyote attack

George Mathewson Set the cat has now recovered but for one dark night in December he embodied his namesake, the Egyptian god of chaos and violence. The big male feline was in the backyard of his Lanark Crescent home when he was badly mauled, the victim of an apparent coyote attack. Owner Dennis Grant said… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

  1.         Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year went, not to an individual, but to health care workers who are still fighting the outbreak of what disease? 2.         To commemorate Sarnia’s 100th anniversary, who recently donated a gazebo to Centennial Park for residents to use? 3.         Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a character rumoured to be… Read more »

Legionnaires team up with hospice

Barry Wright For a third straight season, the Sarnia Legionnaires are using January home games to help raise funds for St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia. Legionnaires director Theo Bet said the connection between the two organizations began when former co-owner Sharon Williamson stayed at the hospice before her death in 2012. “They are a phenomenal… Read more »