Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.
First a reminder that CJRO News will only be produced once every two weeks for the summer. We will be back to weekly by Sept 7th.
Canada Day in Russell was greeted by a much larger than anticipated crowd. The first in-person event since the pandemic started attracted hundreds of residents and visitors to the fairgrounds where two bouncy castles and a cotton candy vendor had long lineups. The fire department's giant sprinkler was very popular, three bands played and the evening’s fireworks were reported as “spectacular.”
In the United Counties of Prescott-Russell residents can now book trips on PR Transpo from Monday to Saturday. Trips can be reserved between seven days and four hours before departure. Reservation details will be confirmed an hour before your ride. Book from a cell phone, tablet, computer, with the Blaise Transit App or by calling 613 675 4382 or 1 844 957 0533 on Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Minimum cost is $5 and goes up based on $1 for the first 10 kilometres and twenty-five cents for each additional kilometre.
You can now travel at a minimal cost of $ 1 for the first 10 kilometres (with a minimum fixed rate of $ 5 per trip) and $ 0.25 for additional kilometres.
Navan Fair is back and tickets are available. The fair will take place August 4th to 7th at the Navan Fairgrounds. For information and ticket sales see navanfair.com.
For our listeners in the Hammond area, 23-year-old Hammond resident Trevor Stewart is running for City Council in Clarence-Rockland Ward 7. Stewart is assistant to MP Francis Drouin and was an intern in the PMO. He has been active in local issues, particularly roads and infrastructure, since he was 16.
The strawberry crop at Rochon Gardens in Edwards has tons, literally, of large ripe berries at the farm on Pana Road at Yorks Corners Road. This year marks the farm’s 65th anniversary.
Meet Me on Main Street is in Marionville on Wednesday, July 13th, not Monday as previously reported. Residents, former residents, friends and neighbours are invited to attend from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The band Green Martini will perform, there will be lots of food options, plus Tuque de Broue brewery and Smokie Ridge winery. For more information about the series see northdundas.com.
Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace jackpot is already estimated at over $14,000, the weekly prize is estimated over $3,000 and there are 50 envelopes remaining. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at many retail locations in the local area. The July 3rd weekly winner won $2,474.
In Russell Township new sidewalk crossings are being installed in Embrun and Russell. The Tactile Walking Surface Indicators being added look like flat metal plates with raised bumps. These bumps help low-vision pedestrians.
Also in Russell the Centennial Pool at 288 Castor Street is now open. Reservations aren’t required but will guarantee a spot if the pool reaches capacity. For the lessons and public swim schedule see Russell.ca and click on the recreation and culture tab.
In Ottawa, Cumberland Ward Councillor Catherine Kitts successfully floated a motion which suspended building code fees for properties that were impacted by the derecho. The following fees are suspended for those who have storm damage: demolition, building permit, fees relating to accessing historic building records, and replacement fees for civic number blades.
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