Recognizing our amazing youth

The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal has featured 14 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom exhibits… Read more »

Firefighters’ garden to remember

Cathy Dobson  About a dozen off-duty firefighters spent this week digging a commemorative garden in front of the East Street fire hall. “It’s important to us that we honour those who have passed away,” said Cpt. Chris Palmer, occupational disease rep for the Sarnia Professional Firefighter’s Association. Local firefighters had considered a memorial garden with… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of July 24

WHAT’S HAPPENING 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 where to obtain more information. Email notices to   Thursday, July 24 Music in the Gardens Musician Chris Molyneaux… Read more »

Tagger wears out welcome

A graffiti “artist” has been defacing property at Lakeshore and Murphy for more than two years now, and Brian Joyce has had enough. The latest vandalism was the roller-painting of his Co-operators insurance sign at 1117 Lakeshore Rd., as well as a brick wall of the Sunripe produce store next door. “It’s sad because we’ve… Read more »

Lake Chipican visitor

Sarnia’s Raymond Knoll snapped this recent photo of a green heron at Lake Chipican. It was the first sighting of the specie this year at the pond, which typically featuring four to six green herons, he said. Other birds are missing or greatly reduced, with only one great egret and two blue herons reported so… Read more »

A gift-wrapped gazebo

Point Edward is giving Sarnia a birthday present. The village has offered a gazebo to help the city mark its first 100 years as a city. The details are still vague, but Point Edward said it wants to recognize its long and neighbourly relationship with the city with a gift. The suggested location is on… Read more »

Founding of Corunna was a capital idea

If not for those damn Yankees the Parliament buildings of Canada would have been built on Baird Street in Corunna, not some distant hill in Ottawa. The story of how Corunna nearly became the nation’s capital is not an urban myth. It really happened. In the year 1823, Lord Beresford led the first of three… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

Taking the bait

Curtis Epps, left and Brandon Johnson, both of Sarnia, found a cool spot on a warm summer day to fish beneath the River Road bridge at the Shell Canada refinery near Corunna. The pair were angling for bass and freshwater gar. Glenn Ogilvie