Railriled: Residents say new waterfront railing an accident waiting to happen

George Mathewson The new and improved shoreline that rims the water plant in Sarnia is getting a thumbs-up from walkers, cyclists and anglers – with one glaring exception. The waterfront walkway features an ankle-high railing that’s a potential tripping hazard and seems to serve no useful purpose, users say. “I think it’s a lawsuit waiting… Read more »

City artist has international clientele

Jack Poirier Most Sarnia’s have likely never heard of Jenny Liz Rome. But art lovers around the world know of the homegrown talent’s work. Rome fuses photography, hand drawing and abstract shapes in her art, bringing fragments together to create colourful, fashionable illustrations. The 29-year-old’s work is primal, sensual and focuses largely on the female… Read more »

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Sarnia weightlifter qualifies for Pan-Am Games

Barry Wright Sarnia’s Boady Santavy gave himself an early birthday present by qualifying for the upcoming Pan-Am Games in Toronto. He punched his ticket to the July event by finishing second in the 85-kilo weight class and fourth overall at the Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championships in Mississauga over the Victoria Day weekend, less than a… Read more »

Diarist offered early description of Sarnia

George Mathewson Recently we featured an early description of Sarnia by Freeman Talbot, who arrived at “The Rapids” in 1827 as part of the area’s first survey team. Today we offer another first-hand glimpse through the eyes of one Julia Marie Jones, who, in the summer of 1830, kept a journal of her trans-Atlantic crossing… Read more »

School mosiac four years in the making

Cathy Dobson The pieces are finally starting to come together. Literally. A huge mosaic comprised of handmade ceramic tiles, pottery and glass is taking shape in Room 214 at Northern Collegiate and will soon be mounted on the wall in the school’s main lobby. The mosaic project, led by art teachers Ian McLean and Trevor Jamieson,… Read more »

Mayor slams province over road snow report

Special to The Journal Lambton County wants answers following a damning report from Ontario’s auditor general about winter road maintenance. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s recent report revealed the province saved about $35 million by contracting out highway maintenance. But the roads took longer to clear – twice as long in some cases – and fatal… Read more »

Tag teamed

Sherman Brown, a worker for Gen-Car Installations of London, cleans graffiti from the Bell building on Michigan Avenue, which was recently tagged by vandals. It took two workers a couple of days to remove the paint using a variety of cleaning and removal methods. Glenn Ogilvie

Duc D’Orleans Seniors Cruise taking shape

Journal Staff A local tradition launched on goodwill and powered by volunteers is ready to set to sail again. The Seniors Cruise aboard the Duc D’Orleans II is an outing on the St. Clair River enjoyed each year by more than 1,000 people, complete with lunch, refreshments and music. The price of admission, as always,… Read more »

Special relationship renewed

Residents of Grace Home held an open house recently to help celebrate Community Living Sarnia-Lambton’s special partnership with Grace United Church. The organization leases the Lori Avenue home from the church for $1 a year and covers the utilities and upkeep.From left are, back row, James Bourgeois, Paul Cooper and Earle Kilner; middle row, Catherine… Read more »