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CJRO News June 19 to June 25, 2023

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

The Ace has been caught! Laura Beriault of Kanata won the Kin Club of Russell’s Catch the Ace Lottery jackpot on Sunday, June 18th. Third to last envelope number 44 revealed the Ace of Spades, winning Beriault the jackpot of $1,300,998.00 jackpot along with the weekly win of $82,044.00, for a grand total prize of $1,383,042.00! There were only 3 envelopes left. Video of the draw can be seen on the club’s Facebook page. A new draw will start in autumn sometime, probably October, and for now the volunteers are going to take a vacation. The long running draw resulted in over $2 million being split among the Good Neighbours Food Bank, the Kin Club’s Storage Centre For Local Service Clubs and Charities, Osgoode Care Centre, Valoris Foundation, Victoria’s Quilts Canada and WDMH Foundation. The cheques will be presented at a gala September 23rd and will acknowledge the work and effort of the volunteers. Some seats for the public will be available. Emails of congratulations and encouragement to the club and charities will be displayed during the gala. They can be sent to

Photo capture from Kin Club broadcast

CJRO Radio is now available at 107.9 FM in Casselman. Thanks to Cassel Brewery for hosting the transmitter and to Casselman Council.

Summer Solstice is this Wednesday, June 21st. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and after this the days will start to shorten.

Highway 174 has been disrupted since March, when the lanes were reduced on174 westbound from Champlain Street to Orléans Boulevard due to Stage 2 LRT construction. Orleans Councillor Catherine Kitts reports that Ottawa City Council recently learned the lane reduction will stay in place until fall due to construction delays. The original work was completed but new construction challenges now need additional space to accommodate an increase in materials and personnel. East end councillors, including Kitts, voiced opposition to this change and the unacceptable communication and lack of proper planning to Renée Amilcar, general manager of OC Transpo.

Road repaving and rehabilitation work will also cause lane reductions on Innes Road from Portobello to Tenth Line from June 19th to August 4th. Because of the nearby 174 lane closures some work will have to happen at night.

In Russell Township Route 200 from Eadie Road to St-Guillaume Road is closed for repaving until the end of June. Germain Stationery in Embrun is closing at the end of June. Owner Germain Cadieux said the building has been sold and the business is switching to online only. Cadieux has found a warehouse and will be delivering office supplies the same day or next day. The new online store is at

Rochon Gardens just opened on the weekend for pick your own strawberry season. Rochon is located 2245 York's Corners Road, Edwards.

Calypso Waterpark has also opened for the summer. It is located on Calypso Road, slightly southeast of Limoges. June hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 1st to August 13 it will stay open until 6 p.m. and August 14th to September 4th until 5 p.m.

The Mayor of Russell Township, Pierre Leroux, sent out a media release saying he was “thrilled to address the remarkable growth our community has been experiencing.” The page-long release states “Our financial position is strong, equipping us to manage the demands of growth effectively. Even with significant projects on the horizon, such as the upcoming recreational complex, we remain fiscally responsible.” He mentions a need for understanding and patience, suggesting there is dissatisfaction with the direction Township Council, including planning, has taken.

Another news release from Russell Township says there are still vendors’ spots available at Meet Me on Main Street in the village of Russell on July 13th. To register as a vendor contact

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