Lambton College Pow Wow

Talon White-Eye of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, right, is joined by a large group of elementary school children at Lambton College’s 27th annual Pow Wow last week. Hosted by the Indigenous Student Council and Indigenous Student Centre, the celebration of life featured dancers in full regalia, traditional arts and crafts, drumming and singing and food…. Read more »

What’s happening: week of April 11

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   Thursday, April 11   Organ Series… Read more »

Music festival a rite-of-passage for countless performers

Troy Shantz When she was nine years old, Sharon Sedgeworth was thrust onto the stage to play the piano while accompanying a massive choir performing at the Lambton County Music Festival. “I said, ‘I can’t do that’ and (my teacher) said, ‘Oh yes you can,’” she recalled. The choir earned a mark of 90% and… Read more »

Northern student’s music video wins provincial award

Troy Shantz A Northern Collegiate student has won a provincial Drysdale Student Achievement Award for her multi-media work. The music video Claire Tillapaugh composed, performed and edited won top prize in the digital arts category for students in Grades 9–12. The five-minute piece retraces Canada’s indigenous heritage over the past 100 years and is based… Read more »

About those warning sirens that blare every Monday

Troy Shantz For Sarnians, it’s background noise. But startled visitors will often ask: “What the hell is going on?” Each Monday at 12:30 p.m. the community emergency warning sirens are sounded, unleashing an otherworldly wail that echoes over the landscape for 15 seconds. It is only a test. In a real emergency, such as an… Read more »

Provincial champs

The Huron Lakers U10 novice boys’ team came back from a 10-point deficit in the final to win gold in their division at the Ontario Basketball Association championships in London on March 24. It was the third straight year the team has won a provincial medal. From left are, front row: Georgios Tsapralis, Evan MacSweeney,… Read more »

Students deliver “no-cuts” message to Ford government

Cathy Dobson Organizers were surprised by an unexpectedly strong turnout when nearly 1,000 high school students walked out of class to protest education cuts in Sarnia last week. “I thought there’d maybe be 80 from our school, but once kids started walking out there was no stopping them,” said Gabrielle Olson, a Grade 12 student… Read more »

The Journal makes headlines at provincial newspaper awards

Your independent Sarnia Journal earned multiple honours at the Ontario Community Newspaper Awards last week, including a first place in headline writing. Tara Jeffrey’s June 20 article exposing a lack of female change rooms at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena earned second place for best sports and recreation story in 2018. The story had “impact,”… Read more »