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CJRO News April 11 to April 26, 2022

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.

If you were holding out for six figures before buying a Catch the Ace ticket from the Russell Kin Club, too late. The jackpot of almost $92,000 was won on Sunday, which finishes this round. The winning Russell resident also took home the $5,600 weekly prize.

There is one week left to take part in the first survey from Eco East. The organization will analyze responses and bring them to UCPR candidates in the upcoming elections. To participate in the survey go to the Eco East facebook page and find the link on or before this Saturday, April 16th. You can also listen to my interview with Lisa Deacon of Eco East on Local First.

The Township of South Dundas recently received a national award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada, in the tourism category, for its tourism app. The game-like app gives information and badges for 20 locations in the township with five more being added. To learn more about the app listen to Local First for my interviews with Rob Hunter from South Dundas and Glenn Vollebregt of St. Lawrence College. Download the free app at

This year’s provincial election on June 2 will have advance voting for ten days and there will be an opportunity to sign up for a mail-in ballot between May 4th and 27th. Election officials are hoping to reduce crowds and line-ups on voting day.

The Navan-Vars United Church Women are holding a yard and bake sale on Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Navan-Vars United Church at 1129 Smith Road, Navan.

Russell Junior Gardeners is starting up again. Students aged five to sixteen can register before May 18th. Young gardeners learn from Russell and District Horticultural Society members how to plant and care for three vegetable and two flower plants. To register send an e-transfer to

The OPP is warning of an increase in a bank fraud recently, with an example in our area. Fraudsters change their caller ID to that of the victim's bank. The callers pose as bank employees and trick the victim into providing personal information, such as banking information and passwords. They then tell victims to place all of their debit and credit cards in an envelope for collection and destruction.

The results of this fraud are clear. On March 21st, the Russell County OPP received a call from a victim of this scam. The person had received a call from someone posing as a bank employee and had followed the instructions, including giving the cards to a stranger to be 'destroyed'. The person lost over $6,000 the same day.

The OPP reminds the public that banks will never ask you for your passwords over the phone, and they don’t need you to provide that information either—they already have it.

Don’t forget that Route 400 between St-André and South Russell is closed and will remain so until the end of August for the repair of the bridge.

September 8, 2021, the township had implemented a pilot project to study the feasibility and impact of urban chickens. Russell Township is extending the chicken pilot project deadline to September 8th of next year. Great interest was shown in the project last year but the township said the results were inconclusive so they’re trying again.

A one-day art workshop will be held Saturday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. at the Bearbrook Community Center on Russell Rd. This “Introduction to decorative painting on wood" will be presented by Irma Gutierrez. A fee of $140 includes materials. Contact Irma by email at

The new children's novel by Embrun author and CJRO Radio volunteer, Marc-Antoine Gagnier is now available. This is a new book in the Renarde-woman saga under the title of "Renarde-woman et Jolie Rose". To get a copy, Marc-Antoine will be present at the Navan Market on Sunday, April 24th, at 1279 Colonial Road. For more info:

The Embrun Optimist Club is hosting a disco soiree on Saturday, April 23rd. Put on your ‘70s clothes and come to the Embrun Rec Centre beside the arena. For tickets contact Philip Benoit at 613-296-3749 or

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Email us at Tune in to Local First for interviews regarding local news, and follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news.

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