Who are these people?

When Annette Zylstra’s mother bought a framed print of a seascape at the Bible for Missions Thrift Shop in Sarnia a decade she had no idea it contained a mystery. Years later, she discovered this photo hiding behind the print of what appears to be a comfortable family gathered in a photographer’s studio. The Zylstras… Read more »

Point Edward art shop changes hands

Cathy Dobson The new owner of Ah! Some Art says she isn’t going to tinker with a successful formula that has kept the funky gift shop in Point Edward thriving the past 20 years. “It’s worked this way for a long time, so I’m going to keep it much the same,” said Liz Koetsier, who… Read more »

A frozen Olaf

The Crombeen family is big fans of the animated Disney film Frozen and decided to recreate its lovably innocent snowman character, Olaf, in their front yard. Pictured with him here are Ben, 9, and Nico, 2, who are brothers of Sarnia Journal carrier Luke Crombeen. Submitted Photo

Drunk driving charges unchanged

Impaired driving charges have flat-lined at a stubbornly high level, MADD Sarnia-Lambton reports. Sarnia police charged 51 people last year compared to 52 in 2013, and Lambton OPP laid 101 charges, unchanged from the previous year. The biggest offenders in Sarnia are men aged 26 to 35, although a growing number of women are also… Read more »

Winter a SAD time for some

Susan Roberts Special to The Journal There are things Sarnia residents can do to help get through the winter blues, local health advocates say. Our lack of exposure to the sun during winter months is a main cause of the February blahs and its more serious cousin, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, said pharmacist Richard… Read more »

Saucy Pig aims to smoke the competition

Cathy Dobson Gary Maybery says his competitors better look out because another wood smoker is in town now and the ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious. The veteran cook, who worked 15 years in steakhouses and other food operations, admits he was surprised when a new barbecue smokehouse opened in Sarnia just days before his Saucy Pig… Read more »

Justice Film Festival continues to grow

Cathy Dobson Seven years ago, a small group of Sarnians wanted local residents to think more about social justice issues, like how children are treated or poverty creates inequities. So they aligned themselves with the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival in Calgary and went to work to bring some thought-provoking films here. “We tried a… Read more »

Miss Teenage Sarnia

Alysha Bellyk, 15, is moving on to the Miss Teenage Canada competition at the end of August. She was selected Miss Teenage Sarnia at the provincial Miss Teenage Ontario last month in Toronto, becoming one of 20 young women selected for the national competition. Alysha said her platform is to increase awareness about animal cruelty… Read more »

Marathon man: Former chain-smoker on brink of joining world’s running elite

Cathy Dobson It’s all or nothing with Dick Felton. Of course, the 30 half-marathons he’s run are arguably the exception. But then again, he’s countered that with 19 full marathons in the past decade. “I’m a Type A personality,” says the 69-year-old retired owner of several industrial-based businesses in Sarnia. That helps to explain Felton’s… Read more »