STREET NAMES: Livingston was named for village grocer

George Mathewson In the shadow of the Blue Water Bridge lies Point Edward’s Waterfront Park, a place famed for its French Fries and freighters. The park fronts onto Livingston Street, and is probably the most photographed place in Sarnia-Lambton. But the greenspace enjoyed by residents today was once the terminus of the Grand Trunk Railway,… Read more »


A large section of ash tree trunk hurtles to the ground in Canatara Park’s Tarzanland. City hall has been removing large numbers of dead and dangerous trees this winter that were killed by the invasive emerald ash borer. Glenn Ogilvie

What’s Happening, week of Feb. 19

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public 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. 18 Federal Retirees Meeting… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

  1.      What famous American magician shares his name with a Charles Dickens’ character? 2.      Signs will soon be placed near six hills in Sarnia warning people to do what at their own risk? 3.       Patented by its inventor around 1900, what type of bed folds out of a wall? 4.      Bon… Read more »

International Symphony staging family-friendly show

Journal Staff A tuba virtuoso will take centre stage when the International Symphony Orchestra presents the family-friendly ‘Friends and Fantasy’ show Feb. 27 in Sarnia. Detroit-area soloist Jason Tanksley will bring to life the story of Tubby the Tuba, about a sad tuba who feels left out by his orchestra friends because has little to… Read more »

50 years of the Maple Leaf

Flag Day on Feb. 15th marked the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Canada’s flag. Here, Canadian Coast Guard Officer Cadets Derek Geake, left, and Jacob Heyden Thomas hoist the flag aboard the CCGS Samuel Risley, as it escorts a freighter through the icy St. Clair River. Photo courtesy of Carol Launderville, Fisheries and Oceans… Read more »

Sarnia writer has soft spot for weird cars

Tara Jeffrey Michael Banovsky’s first spoken word was ‘car.’ “Growing up, my dad watched car-racing all the time, and there were always car magazines lying around the house,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia native, explaining his love for everything automotive. “It’s just something that’s always been there.” While attending St. Patrick’s High School, Banovsky worked after… Read more »

Culture bucks available

Some $75,000 is still available from Lambton’s Creative County Fund to help organizers cover up to half the cost of cultural, arts and heritage projects. Applicants must consult with county staff about their ideas by Thursday, Feb. 26 and submit an application by March 5. Guidelines can be found by clicking on the “Creative County… Read more »

Toboggan at your own risk

Sarnia is installing signs at six public toboggan hills to help ward off potential lawsuits. Centennial, Len, Wiltshire, Tecumseh and Hollands parks will get the warning signage, as well as the hill at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Some communities have banned tobogganing outright following hefty damage awards, including a 2013 settlement of $900,000 to… Read more »

Arena study meeting

A third and final public meeting to discuss the future of Sarnia arenas will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24. The drop-in open house at the Kinsmen Centre, 656 Lakeshore Rd., begins at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m. and discussion to follow. A consultant is currently preparing recommendations for the development, closure or… Read more »