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 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 »

Regional rail plan to be discussed

Cathy Dobson  Jim Houston is hoping local residents will make tracks to the Sarnia Library Theatre on Jan. 31 to have their say about better rail transportation. “The point is that we can barely get around anymore. Something has to be done,” says the president of Rail Advocacy in Lambton (RAIL). The public cry for… Read more »

New theft recovery tool

New technology is on the market to help police identify stolen property and return it to its rightful owner. Trace pens are filled with tiny discs about the size of a grain of sand suspended in an acrylic adhesive. Each disc is laser-etched with a personal identification number that can be glued to personal possessions…. Read more »

Train petition delivered

Local Liberals intend to make reduced passenger train service in Sarnia a campaign issue in this year’s federal election. A petition calling for the restoration of the city’s VIA service was presented to Parliament on behalf of the Sarnia-Lambton Federal Liberal Association in December. “This is our last hurrah,” said president Eileen Viola.  “Our mid-day… Read more »

College gala award winners

Lambton College will honour five individuals and organizations on Jan. 29 for their professional, volunteer or philanthropic work. This year’s Distinguished Awards Gala winners are: Norma Cox, The William G. Davis Founder’s Award Lakeside Process Controls, The Lambton College Foundation Award of Merit Allison Vickerd, The Lambton College Alumni Award of Distinction Gerry Eede, Professor… Read more »

Canatara Park tree removal

The area of Canatara Park known as Tarzanland will be closed to the public until Feb. 14 to allow for the removal of dead and dangerous ash trees. The impacted area, home to numerous large trees killed by the emerald ash borer, fronts Christina Street between Michigan Avenue and Lake Chipican Drive. When that section… Read more »

City women win lottery

Two Sarnia women have won the grand prize in the London hospital Dream Lottery, worth $1 million. Mary Anic and Marcy DiMaria split the winning ticket, which was drawn Thursday. It was the second major lottery win for DiMaria, who won the Bluewater Health Foundation dream home in 1999. The grand prize provides the winners… Read more »