Bird’s-eye view of Sarnia, 1912

This panorama from 1912 shows Sarnia shortly before it became a city, looking west toward the St. Clair River. East Street, the town’s eastern boundary, appears at the bottom while Ontario Street, which connected to Plank Road and the oil fields of central Lambton, enters the town at a diagonal angle. The stacks of Imperial… Read more »

New service club formed

A new club for adults living with a disability held its charter meeting in Sarnia on Monday. The Aktion Club of Sarnia-Lambton was initiated in partnership with the Golden K Kiwanis Club and Community Living Sarnia-Lambton. Aktion is the world’s largest service club for adults with a disability. Members put the club motto of “Service… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What are four of the six colours found in a bag of regular M & M chocolate candies? (2 points if you can name all six) 2 – What local industry has begun a five-year plan to return large portions of former agricultural lands to native ecosystems? 3 – Peter Parker is the name… Read more »

History of city’s fire department is hot stuff

Cathy Dobson Phil Egan and Kevin McHarg are discovering plenty of little gems that promise to make an upcoming history of Sarnia’s fire department a real page-turner. “There was a fire chief in the 1930s who disappeared and no one knew where he was for weeks,” says Egan, chief editor at the Sarnia Historical Society…. Read more »

City dentist sees her work as artistry

Year of Local Laura Greaves This is the fourth in a series of submitted stories produced by the Year of Local, a collaborative project highlighting businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Sarnia. Dr. Jennifer Thomm is passionate about dentistry, as a visit to her Great Lakes Dental office soon reveals. She proudly describes how a “Cerec”… Read more »

City “mompreneur” juggles kids, homegrown business

Tara Jeffrey Four years ago, Laura Batista couldn’t have imagined that learning to crochet would change her life. “I didn’t plan on having a business at all,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia mom and entrepreneur. “I was preparing for a missions trip to Cuba and needed to raise some money. I had recently learned to crochet… Read more »

Week of Feb. 4

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, Feb. 3 Adult Colouring At Bright’s… Read more »

Masterworks exhibition extended

It’s last call to see some great art in downtown Sarnia. Due to strong demand, the Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibition has been extended for one week, to Feb. 15. More than 12,000 people from Canada, the U.S. and Australia have visited the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery since Oct. 2, and… Read more »

Sarnia’s lead levels well below the provincial standard

Jack Poirier Special to The Journal In the wake of the drinking water disaster in Flint, Michigan, officials say Sarnia’s taps are running clean. The city has invested $45 million in water system improvements since 2009, with tests showing lead levels well below the provincial standard. “We have the protocols in place to make sure… Read more »