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CJRO News February 14 to February 20, 2022

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

The Clothing Closet at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Russell has reopened. It will be opens on Wednesdays only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They accept limited donations during open hours of gently used and laundered winter/spring clothing items. Proof of vaccination is required prior to entering the church building.

A listener in Carlsbad Springs has reported a lot of activity on Boundary Road recently. He spoke to a member of the crews of over 25 workers, who said they were laying optical cable for Rogers, and were not doing house connections at this time. Four City of Ottawa Councillors, MPP Stephen Blais, and MPs Marie-France Lalonde and Francis Drouin have written a joint letter to the National Capital Commission. In it they complain that the NCC is not listening to their opinion on the best way to increase traffic movement in and through Orleans. They prefer the option which would run a new six-lane highway through what is now a natural area which has no infrastructure or buildings along it. In their letter they state it is the best option environmentally. However, not everyone agrees. For more information on these highly divergent opinions, listen to my interview with Jakob Mueller of the Ottawa Field-Naturalist’s Club, who questions that conclusion. You can also see the letter and the response from Kitts’ office on .

Russell Township has recently added additional skating sections to the Embrun and Russell outdoor skating rinks. The additional rinks are for skaters only. No hockey sticks allowed. The same goes for puddle rinks in other community areas.

Russell Township Council’s decision to sell its former fire hall which houses the Etienne Brule Brewery has not changed. Brew pub owner Richard Menard called CJRO last week to tell us he made an offer to purchase the building through his lawyer. Menard said the township responded that he would have to go through their real estate agent, Maggie Tessier of Exit Realty. Menard suggested a rent to own arrangement which was rejected, and he is now trying to negotiate a new offer. For continuing coverage of this story listen to my second interview with Menard on Local First. Councillor Jamie Laurin was asked if he would do a follow up interview but said he would be unable to discuss the negotiations in the media.

The Bearbrook wetland evaluation zoom meeting which was scheduled for early February is being postponed until April. We will post details shortly. The Russell Lions Club is holding a quilt raffle in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. To buy tickets contact Ken Erickson at 613-445-3694 or email The draw will be Easter Sunday, April 17th. For more information see and listen to my interview with Lion Margaret Pettipas on Local First.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace this week has an estimated jackpot of $33,000. The weekly prize is estimated over $4,000. There are 48 envelopes remaining. See the club’s website for how to buy tickets.

CJRO’s next Radio Bingo is not until Wednesday, February 23rd, at 7 p.m., so you have lots of time to pick up Bingo cards in Embrun, Vars and Carlsbad Springs.

Residents of Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Ramsayville have two more week to enter the Carlsbad Springs Winter Carnival Winter Snow Structure Contest running until February 21st. To enter snap a photo of your snow structure or snowman and send it to the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club for a chance to win $200.

To register children for the Carnival’s outdoor games on Saturday, March 5th at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre call 613-882-8969.

We want to hear what News matters to you. Do you have questions about something going on near you? Let us know and we’ll try to find answers. Email us at For in-depth discussions of local issues, listen to Local First on-air, online, through the Tune In and Radio Player Canada apps, or follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news.

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