The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Tinnitus affects which of the senses? 2 – Drive carefully: From January to September 2015, which Sarnia intersection was the site of the most motor vehicle collisions? 3 – In which country would you find The Hermitage Museum? 4 – Sarnia-born David Greene, who attended Rosedale School and Northern Collegiate, is now an… Read more »

Long lost Robertsville was Sarnia’s first suburb

George Mathewson Never heard of Robertsville? Join the club. Even keen local history buffs usually draw a blank when asked about the 19th century community, which was actually Sarnia’s first suburb. Surveyed in 1856, Robertsville began with 20 lots laid out by two developers in an area bounded by what today are called Exmouth Street,… Read more »

Andy Brandt wary of pot sales at LCBO

Pam Wright Special to The Journal Proceed with caution and handle with care. That’s the advice of former politician and LCBO chairman Andy Brandt on Ottawa’s intention to legalize and distribute marijuana. Brandt said he’s “cautiously in favour” of legal pot sales in Ontario, but has some reservations. “The federal government has not determined how… Read more »

How to learn the history of your home

Pam Wright Special to The Journal The walls of your house can’t talk — but what you can discover at the Lambton Country Archives is the next best thing. Armed with only a legal description, including the lot and plan numbers found on your tax assessment, owners can trace the history of a property all… Read more »

Week of Jan. 28

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 Wednesday, Jan. 27 Quit Smoking Free seminar… Read more »

Lake Huron’s ferocious beauty

Journal Staff Lake Huron is winning the battle of land and sea being waged on Sarnia’s shoreline, and doing it with poetic grandeur. Strong north winds and powerful waves shortly after Christmas ripped out another section of steel seawall north of Lakeshore Road and east of Telfer Road. Because the lake has yet to ice… Read more »

The story of one brave bomber pilot

George Mathewson A Sarnia man has created a website as a tribute to his pilot dad, who defied the odds by surviving 43 harrowing bombing missions over Germany and Italy in the Second World War. “I used to tell him he’s a refugee from the law of averages,” Tom Dunn said of his late father…. Read more »

Hometown called to big city accountant

Year of Local Laura Greaves This is the third in a series of submitted stories produced by the Year of Local, a collaborative project highlighting businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Sarnia. If you ask Lisa Mayer why she wanted to run her own accounting firm in Sarnia, her answer might surprise you. Of course she… Read more »

Endurance runner driven by daughter’s memory

Jack Poirier Special to The Journal There’s one item Tim Westaway never forgets to pack when running an ultra endurance race. That vital piece of gear is a picture of his daughter Kelly. “I bring her with me on every race,” said Westaway, who’s training for the world’s oldest ultra-marathon — a grueling 89-kilometre run… Read more »

Remember When: The Country Swingers

This undated photo provided by Sarnia’s Terry Hardy shows a local band called The Country Swingers. The drummer was named Betty Hart and the woman with the guitar is late Flo Hannon of Sarnia, a country singer who recorded an album and played music her entire life. An inscription on the back of the photo… Read more »