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CJRO News March 8 to March 14, 2021

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on Carlsbad-Vars Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

First a correction.

The St-Laurent parish mass in Carlsbad Springs will return on Sunday, March 28th (not March 7th as previously reported).

Wearing a mask in the church is mandatory, hand sanitizer is available at both doors and physical distancing is mandatory.

CJRO Radio is coming to Embrun and Russell. Our tentative broadcasting start date is mid-May, after the new FM transmitter and antenna are installed. They will be set up beside the Russell Municipal Hall office on Notre Dame Street. Currently the station is owned and operated by the Carlsbad Springs Community Association.

However, the association is proposing the creation of an independent non-profit organization that will manage CJRO Radio. On this note we are looking for two volunteer members who are residents from the Russell Municipality, two who are from Carlsbad Springs and one from Vars, to be part of CJRO’s governing executive. We will be serving Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Embrun and Russell. If interested please contact us at

City of Ottawa residents have until this Friday, March 12th to comment on the City’s new Official Plan. It is the City's major policy and land use document. It is supposed to guide Ottawa's shape and character to 2046.

Go to to look at the plan. The document is long and detailed but short policy summaries are also available, as well as feedback forms. After this deadline, there will be a six-month window before council adopts a final plan.

Beginning May 3rd Piperville Road will be closed in both directions, between Farmers Way and Russell Road, while the bridge over the Bearbrook Creek is being replaced. There will be a long detour in place via Anderson Road, Leitrim Road and Russell Road. Piperville Road is to be closed for six to eight months, so essentially from May to the end of the year.

Recent correspondence with Enbridge Gas, regarding the installation of natural gas in Carlsbad Springs, says this project has been placed on hold until further notice. Spokesperson Sonia Fazari said Enbridge is anxiously waiting to hear back from the province regarding the Phase 2 Natural Gas System Expansion. She said, “As soon as we know which municipalities or communities have been selected for natural gas expansion, I’ll be sure to let you know.” The estimated cost for installation per household is about $18,400 and based on about 87 homes.

The next CJRO Radio Bingo is Thursday, March 11th, at 7 p.m. Listen live on-air at 107.7 or 107.9 FM or on, or The orange Bingo cards that were bought for the February 25th radio Bingo will be good for the March 11th Bingo.

Profits will be split between the Vars Optimiste Club and the Carlsbad Springs Optimiste Club. Cards are available at Rene’s Corners, Vars Gas Bar and Carlsbad Variety.

Scammers are calling people and asking them to pay for both pre-registration and their COVID-19 vaccine. Just hang up. Both registration and vaccination are free. Anyone who gets a call is asked to report it to the police.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace Lottery is still growing. Last Sunday the King of Spades was drawn for a weekly win of almost $11,000.

Next week's jackpot is estimated over $225,000.00, the weekly prize is estimated at over $11,000.00, and there are 13 envelopes remaining. Online ticket sales end Saturday, March 13th.

OPP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 17-year-old boy who was last seen in Clarence-Rockland.

Lenny Kenny-Laguerre was last seen Friday on Patricia Street between St. Jacques and Laviolette streets in the city's east end. Call 1-888-310-1122

Kenny-Laguerre is described as a Black male, 5’6”, thin build with short black hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Navan Original Farmers Market is seeking volunteers once a month this summer and fall. Responsibilities include helping with set up and take down, directing traffic and parking, sanitizing and so on. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every market date, rain or shine. The market runs the last Sunday of every month. If interested, send an email to

Do you have news that matters to our area? If yes, contact me by emailing I’m Candice Vetter. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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