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A third generation of backyard rink-making

George Mathewson You hear it before you see it, the snick of blades on ice and the thump of puck on boards. The rink Bill Rose has built behind his Isabella Street home is more than 70×30 foot patch of ice. It’s also a neighbourhood magnet and cultural tradition as old as Canada itself. Every… Read more »

Making tracks

Sled tracks wind their way to an ice fishing hut in the Sarnia Yacht Club basin in this photo taken Thursday by reader Rick Smith, who used a tripod and 300 mm lens. Local anglers have reported catching brown and rainbow trout though the ice around Sarnia this past week. Photo courtesy, Rick Smith

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      The majority of people worldwide (55%) have what colour eyes? 2.      Dr. Ken Walker and Mrs. Deb Walker are on this year’s Mayor’s List for their organization and promotion of what annual summer event in Bright’s Grove? 3.      Which Canadian comedian of TV and movie fame has created such characters as Ed Grimley and… Read more »

Sarnia Sting hockey team sold

Barry Wright Rumours about the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting being sold have been flying around the community for months, but the sale is now official, pending league and municipal approval. Sting owners Rob and Larry Ciccarelli announced at a hastily called news conference Thursday that the team has been sold to former and current… Read more »

‘Amazing’ cerebral palsy camp could shut down

Tara Jeffrey An innovative summer camp shown to drastically improve the lives of children and youth with Cerebral Palsy is at risk of shutting its doors in Sarnia. “It’s touch and go every year — we just don’t know,” said Christa Maclaggan, secretary for the Southwestern Ontario Optimist Conductive Education program. Its hosts camps in… Read more »

Toy Story: How a Sarnia woman turned child’s play into an international business

George Mathewson A Point Edward toy company that’s as little known as it is successful is proving Canadian manufacturers can compete against cheap Chinese imports – if it’s done right. Great Pretenders is a children’s dress-up and costume company with international headquarters in the Mara Trade Centre and a distribution centre in Sarnia. It has… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Jan. 22

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca. Wednesday, Jan. 21 Pizzafest… Read more »

Eye in the sky: St. Clair getting a drone for search and rescue

Cathy Dobson A remote-controlled drone might be the smallest item in St. Clair Township’s $4-million fire department upgrade, but it’s the one getting the buzz. Equipped with cameras, the drone will allow firefighters to view the roof of a burning building, search for missing people or assess a highway accident from above, said Fire Chief… Read more »