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CJRO News January 9 to January 15, 2023

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

I hope you enjoyed the holiday break and weren’t stuck somewhere.

Here at CJRO Radio we are thrilled to announce it has been approved for a new FM transmitter in Casselman. The CRTC approved an application by CJRO Radio to amend the broadcasting licence for the low-power English- and French-language community radio programming to rebroadcast the programming of CJRO-FM. We are planning to install our new FM transmitter and antenna in Casselman in April or May. We thank Barry Rooke and everyone on the NCRA/ANREC team for their assistance. CJRO Radio is also in discussion with the Metcalfe Community Association to bring CJRO to their community via a transmitter and antenna that will be installed in the heart of the village.

The Russell County Detachment of the OPP arrested four people on January 3rd after stopping a stolen vehicle. The owner tracked his 2022 Dodge Ram Rebel on GPS and provided real-time information to the Hawkesbury detachment. Officers deployed a tire deflation device and the vehicle was recovered. Two vehicles from Embrun and two from Casselman had been stolen. The Sureté du Québec recovered another vehicle. Vanessa Duval, Anthony Grenier, Keven Riffon, and a youth, all from Montreal, face multiple charges. The OPP ask anyone with information or evidence to contact them at 613-443-4499 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Many persons on the Embrun Concerned Citizens Facebook page reported seeing people boldly entering driveways to get VINs from vehicles and seeing vehicles circling around their neighborhoods. These should be reported to the OPP.

Skier Valérie Grenier of St. Isidore won the World Cup in the women’s giant slalom event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Saturday. Her two-run combined time was one minute and 55.01 seconds. This is her first World Cup medal and the first time a Canadian has won the women’s giant slalom there since 1974. Grenier has been recovering from four serious breaks which she says took a long time to heal. In an interview with CBC she said, “I feel like finally everything is coming together and I'm finally skiing at my best."

The team at Pearson Street, the truck with the smashburgers, have been nominated by Faces Magazine in 2023 for Best Burgers, Best Poutine, and Best Food Truck. I will be interviewing Chef Chris next week on Local First. Voting starts this Sunday, January 15th.

There are numerous events in January including some registrations this week.

The Russell Horticultural Society’s Living Locally Fair will go ahead this year for the first time since 2020. The popular market 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 register soon, at

In Sarsfield, starting this Tuesday January 10th, strength and cardio fitness runs at the Sarsfield Community Centre at 7 p.m. Call 613 835 7590 to register. And starting this Wednesday, January 11th yoga is offered. Call 613 203 1589 to register. Costs for each are $100 for 10 sessions or $15 per session.

Sarsfield is having a winter carnival on Saturday, January 28th, featuring a curling tournament, skating, tobogganing, a chili and desert contest, a community dinner and a pub night. If weather doesn’t co-operate for outdoor activities, there will still be the dinner and the pub night. Email if you want more information.

In Metcalfe, the Community Association is hosting a Metcalfe Youth Drop-in Centre information session this Tuesday, Jan 10th at 6:00 p.m. upstairs at the Larry Robinson Arena. The association wants to know if there is enough interest. This first session will be parents only and should not go beyond 8:00 p.m.

In Carlsbad Springs the winter carnival starts Friday, January 27th. It launches with a new activity, a play group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for children aged 0 to 5 years old. That’s on Friday. That evening is a baked beans, macaroni and hot dog dinner 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 107.7 FM. Prizes are based on the amount of cards sold. So the more people buy, the larger the prizes! Saturday, January 28th will be the busy day with the long awaited "Flintstone curling" event, and the virtual auction the same day. So far there are $8000 in auction items. The bake sale is same day but on site only. Then Sunday, January 29th, the Optimist Club hosts a catered community brunch for $5 per person (kids eat free) for only 100 people. The full carnival schedule is up on

Learn how to play Canada’s national summer sport and the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse. The multi-age 10-week program will be held 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.

"The Young at Heart" senior group, with nearly 80 members, has been meeting for several years at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center on the second Tuesday of each month (September to May) for dinner followed by Bingo. For more information call Ghislaine Monette, 343-880-0653 or

The Township of Russell Winter Programs and Activities Guide is now available. It offers adult and children’s programs including Tai Chi, yoga, mom and baby yoga programs, and more. For registration dates or for more information see If you have any questions, email the Program Coordinator.

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network (EOAN) is launching SavourEastON, its consumer focused local food brand representing food, beverages, and agritourism of Eastern Ontario. With support from Desjardins Ontario’s community investments as well as the Francophone Community Grants Program, SavourEastON will enable farmers, food businesses, and residents to flourish in French and English with local food production, marketing, shopping, and consumption in Eastern Ontario.

The Town of Russell's new snow dump station is ready for the winter season. The new site includes a snow pad, vehicle space and a melt pond. The site is surrounded by a berm to keep the site unobtrusive and blend in with the surroundings. Landscaping, including trees, will be completed in the spring. This $2.2 million construction project is part of the municipality's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Le Reflet-The News reported a delay in the inauguration of the new Sportsplex in Limoges. The newspaper said the company responsible said the artificial turf did not meet its standards and needed to be replaced. The company is waiting for the new turf to be manufactured and delivered from Montreal. The facility should open later this month.

The Limoges Recreation Committee and Real Estate Hub have announced the first edition of the 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 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.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace jackpot is now $232,000. The weekly prize is estimated at over $12,000. There are 25 envelopes left. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at many local retail locations.

This week on Local First I’ll be interviewing MPP Stephen Blais regarding the possibility of the OPP investigating the Ford government over the GTA Greenbelt land purchases mere weeks before the News Homes Built Faster Act was passed, so tune in.

Don’t forget we also 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.

Tune in 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. Happy New Year.

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