OPINION: Sarnia a vastly different city these days

Norma West Linder Half a century can bring many changes, so I shouldn’t be surprised that the Sarnia I live in today is vastly different from the one I moved to in the early ‘50s. At that time the place seemed more like a small town than a city, maybe because we had moved here… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      What rock formation on Salisbury Plain is thought to have been used by the Druids to predict celestial events? 2.      Sarnia-Lambton’s United Way 2014 campaign surpassed what goal, allowing them to help 22 member agencies and to provide 35 programs to area residents? a)   1.76 million   b) 1.92 million    c)  2.1 million   3.     … Read more »

Set to defrost

A spectacular coating of ice clings to the Great Lakes freighter Walter J McCarthy Jr. as it passes Sarnia on the St. Clair River. Frigid temperatures combined with Lake Huron spray and possibly freezing rain combined to virtually cover the southbound vessel. Glenn Ogilvie

Former school reopens as self-storage business

Cathy Dobson As the doors open this week on a new era for the former St. Margaret elementary school, Sarnia developer Robert Iacobelli said he’s particularly proud that he and his brother repurposed a building rather than tear it down. The brothers’ company, Nelmar Developments, bought the former school property about three years ago and… Read more »

OPINION: Sir John A. Macdonald’s fishy local land deal

George Mathewson Sunday will mark the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, one of the most important and controversial figures in Canadian history, and no stranger to Sarnia. In fact, before Macdonald became our first prime minister he owned 900 acres in what is today Point Edward. A large tract of land had been… Read more »

American Idol: Cliff Erickson bringing nephew and Idol contestant to Sarnia show

Journal Staff He’s an enduring staple of the local music scene, a Michigan export who has performed so often in Sarnia he’s frequently mistaken for a homegrown talent. But Cliff Erickson’s next show in the city will be unique in more ways than one. For starters, proceeds from the singer-songwriter’s Jan. 24 performance at Jack… Read more »

Best buds find a loving home

Vanessa Hrvatin Special to The Journal A pair of inseparable dogs who were featured recently in The Journal has found a loving home. Brandy and B.J. arrived at the Sarnia and District Humane Society last August but couldn’t find a permanent place to live. Would-be adopters were reluctant to take on two large and older… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Jan. 8

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  Thursday, Jan. 8 Eating Resolutions The… Read more »

Space invader: sea lamprey holds lesson for Great Lakes

George Mathewson The eel-like thing squirms as it’s lifted from a water tank before fixing its sucker mouth to the bare arm of Jim Campbell, a community liaison officer in Sarnia with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It looks like a monstrous leech on steroids, but with sharp teeth, and the 24th Dunlop Scouts and Cubs… Read more »