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CJRO News April 24 to April 30, 2023

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

Did you feel it? A fairly shallow earthquake happened southwest of Watertown, New York, near the eastern tip of Lake Ontario on Sunday afternoon. The quake’s magnitude was 4.1 on the Richter scale and reports of shaking were felt in Eastern Ontario. It was preceded by low-magnitude foreshocks and followed by small aftershocks which were not felt. Earthquakes are very common in our area. Hear geologist and engineer Harry Baker explain local earthquakes on Local First and check out the chart posted on showing the 12 quakes which occurred locally from April 22nd to 24th, as well as a diagram showing past local quakes.

Here are some nice round numbers. The Kin Club of Russell Catch the Ace jackpot is now estimated at $700,000, the weekly prize at $30,000, and there are 10 envelopes left. Purchases can be made at 26 retail locations or online at

Spring cleaning alert! A Recycling and Bottle Drive will be Saturday, May 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center, 6020 Piperville. Check the flyer online at CJROradio to see what you can drop off. The event started about ten years ago to divert recyclable waste like metal and electronics, to show there is less need for landfills than stated by the proponents of a proposed landfill near Carlsbad Springs. So don’t dump those valuable materials, donate them instead.

Speaking of spring cleaning, the weekend of May 6th the Metcalfe Community Association will be cleaning the village and are looking for volunteers. To sign up see If you need high school community hours here’s an opportunity.

That is also the date of the Household Hazardous Waste Day for Ottawa residents. It’s at the Rideau Carleton Raceway at 4837 Albion Road.

Russell Township mayor Pierre Leroux told CJRO that debris from the ice storm will be picked up as the public works crew get to it so don’t despair if your branches have not yet been removed from your frontage.

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group is launching the third year of their ‘SEEDit,’ garden voucher giveaway soon. The company is providing Ontarians with funding for 4500 $50 garden centre vouchers to promote home gardens and provide an ‘organic’ way to share their bounty. Local garden centres participating are Denise & Sylvain Garden Centre at 767 Notre-Dame Street in Embrun (behind the mall), and Robert Plante Greenhouses Inc. at 4228 Navan Road.

Rural Transportation Solutions, an advocacy group, is conducting a survey for 60 days seeking feedback regarding origins and destinations of trips and their timing, to get a sense of rural transportation needs and priorities. Local councillors stress that citizen participation may help solve some of rural Ottawa’s issues. Google rural transportation solutions Ottawa to see the survey.

The Russell Township Recreation Centre designs are up on the website under the Recreation and Culture tab. The final decision will be made soon so take a look. I will be interviewing Mayor Pierre Leroux about it on Local First shortly.

The Russell branch of the Russell Public Library is hosting Barbara Fradkin and Mary Jane Maffini together at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th, featuring readings, book talk, and a Q&A. The library is at 1053 Concession St., Russell, ON, 7 p.m. The authors will have books for sale. Listen to my interviews with the authors on Local First.

To register for the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club soccer contact Veronique Trudel at 819 743 7873. Soccer will be Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from May 15th to June 26th at Ludger Landry park, 4825 Piperville Road. Registrations will take place the first Monday (May 15th) at 6 p.m.

Also at Ludger Landry Park, if you or your organization want to participate in Forest Fest on Saturday, May 13th, which is coming up fast, contact organizers Chris White at or Monica Brewer at The Facebook group is forestfestfetedelaforet. You can hear my interview with Chris on Local First. CJRO will be there.

On the same date Metcalfe Village is hosting Meet Me On Main Street which we’ll have more details about as the event nears.

Be reminded that St. Andre Road in Russell Township from Séguin Street to Route 400 is closed until October 16th for bridge rehabilitation. That’s the road going south from Giant Tiger.

This month we are in a transition period, including changing the News format. Sometime in May we will start hosting a separate Events Round-up with Bill McInnis as host. To get your event listed (it’s free!) within two weeks of the event or registration date send it to, or

If you have News you want included on this weekly report, please let us know by Monday mornings. We have additional content and Local First podcasts at Hear us at 107.7 or 107.9, follow us on Facebook, listen to our podcasts on or on the Tune-In and Radio Player Canada apps. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO, last on the dial, first for local news.

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