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CJRO News January 16 to January 22, 2023

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

Look up! An interesting comet is visible with binoculars and may brighten enough to be seen with the naked eye soon. Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), or Zwicky, is in the north sky most of the night between the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. For more information about the comet, its brilliant green colour, and where to find it, see Gary Boyle’s column on our website, or visit

A GoFundMe has been set up for Art and Aurel of Carlsbad Springs, whose last name I do not have, who lost almost everything in a fire last Wednesday, January 11th. They had done significant renovations and had many treasured belongings in the home where they lived for 33 years. The fire originated in the attic and spread across the roof before being noticed by a passerby. Fortunately the residents were able to get out safely. Visit GoFundMe to donate.

Now is the time to register for winter programs and activities at the Township of Russell Public Library. The library offers book clubs for all ages, storytimes and many adult programs such as French Language Lessons and much more. Visit the website for all the details at

A reminder that the Township of Russell Winter Programs and Activities Guide is now available. It offers Tai Chi, yoga, mom and baby yoga programs, and more. See registration dates or for more information via If you have any questions, email the Program Coordinator.

The Township of Russell is also looking for members of the public to fill positions on the Environmental Advisory Committee (4 positions), Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee (5 positions, Advisory Committee for Elders (7 positions, and the Diversity, Equity and Community Inclusion Committee (8 positions. For further details contact the Clerk's Office at 613-443-3066 ext. 2310.

The Pearson Street food truck has been nominated by Faces Magazine in 2023 for Best Burgers, Best Poutine, and Best Food Truck. Voting has started. Listen to my interview with chef Chris on Local First.

The Public Elementary School De la Rivière Castor is holding a Bingo fundraiser on Tuesday, January 24th at 7 p.m. at the Community Centre Camille Piché in Embrun. The cost is $25 (for 12 cards. There are $4000 in prizes, and the Jackpot is $1200. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available in advance by contacting Mathieu Bertrand at (613) 552-7882. Pick up at the school at 100 rue Maheu in Embrun.

Winter carnivals are back!

The Embrun Carnival d’hiver will take place from January 20th to January 29th with a variety of activities including a Kids Movie Night, Jojo Show, Pool Tournament, Pancake Bar, Hockey Tournament, Paint Night, Pub Night, Dances for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, the firefighters' brunch and free public skating with Bonhomme Carnaval.

The Sarsfield carnival will take place on Saturday January 28th starting at 1 p.m. There will be a curling, skating and tobogganing, a community dinner, a chili and dessert contest, and at 8 p.m. a trivia night with music, for adults only. Everything will take place at the Sarsfield Community Centre. More information is available at

The Carlsbad Springs carnival starts Friday, January 27th with a new activity, a play group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for children aged 0 to 5 years old. A baked beans, macaroni and hot dog dinner is served at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m. enjoy a drink and play Radio Bingo "live" at the community centre or play while listening to us at CJRO on 107.7 FM. On Saturday, January 28th the long awaited "Flintstone curling" event, and many other activities are offered along with the virtual auction. Sunday, January 29th, the Optimist Club hosts a catered community brunch for $5 per person (kids eat free) but for only 100 people. The full carnival schedule is up on

The Marionville Winter Carnival will be February 3rd to 5th. Organizers are seeking high school students looking for volunteer hours to help out. Watch the Marionville Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

Fête Frissons is presented by Shenkman Arts Centre Presents with the Heart of Orléans BIA on February 11th, and has a long list of bilingual, family friendly activities. This free event is open to all with performances, artmaking, workshops, storytelling, dancing and outdoor fun in the snow. See the ShenkmanArts Facebook page for a full schedule.

The 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 is on February 18th at Oasis RV Resort. The festival features outdoor activities and games, children’s show by Monkey Rock Music, brunch, movie night, free skating (weather permitting) and maple taffy.

Embrun Optimists is organizing a crêpes bar breakfast and a market on January 22nd at the Embrun Camille Piche Community Centre. They are still looking for vendors for the market. If interested message the Facebook page. Tables are $40 each.

The Russell Horticultural Society’s Living Locally Fair will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Russell will be Saturday, January 21st from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Organizers are asking vendors to at

Learn how to play lacrosse at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center with dedicated GLA coaches, beginning January 31st. Go to for information on registration. Entries are open for boys and girls born between 2007 and 2016.

Russell Township sent us a media release saying 417 Bus Line Ltd. will be offering transportation service privately as of this week. See for more information on this service, call 613-764-2192 or email The release also mentioned weekday transportation from the Vars Park and Ride to Ottawa on OC Transpo (Route 222), and PR Transpo, which is a partnership with Blaise Transit, offering an on-demand transport service pilot project, in effect until March 31, 2025. You can travel where and when you want in Prescott and Russell Monday to Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is also medical appointment transportation for seniors through Prescott-Russell Community Services 613-632-0939 or Carefor 613-749-7557 or 613-632-0418.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace jackpot is now $250,000. The weekly prize is estimated at $12,000. There are 24 envelopes left. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at many local retail locations. Listen to my interview about the quarter-million jackpot on Local First.

The Ontario Provincial Police say it is important to offer and receive help in difficult times. But the OPP advise to be careful when someone offers to help. If you receive a call from a business or government agency asking for money, or seeking personal information, hang up. The police say cybercriminals are taking advantage of situations such as Covid by increasing phishing attempts through email, text or phone to steal information and transmit malware. If you are the victim of a scam, report the case to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center and your local police department.

Don’t forget we always have additional content up at Check for photos, videos, News too late for broadcast, media releases, News text, email conversations with public officials, and the last couple of years of Local First podcasts. It’s all here on CJRO—everything your community needs to know.

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