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CJRO News May 22 to May 28, 2023

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

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club learned recently the application to the Canadian Children Optimist's Foundation for Project Malik has been approved. Malik is an eleven-year-old boy diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe genetic type which primarily affects boys. His long-term needs are estimated at $75,000 over a three-year time-period. He will need many specialized devices including lifts and wheelchairs. The Optimists are seeking monetary donations and this will be an ongoing project. For information on donating write to . We will be broadcasting an interview with one of the Optimist organizers soon. Malik and his family will be at the Optimist’s brunch on May 28th.

The Optimist’s brunch is also this year’s annual general meeting and needs as many members as possible to attend. Childcare will be available. You must RSVP.

The City of Ottawa is beginning to update its zoning by-law, and the first step of consultation is beginning. The surveys close in July 2023, so please feel free to complete them to provide City staff with information ahead of Council’s consideration of the first draft, which will occur in early 2024. The surveys can be found at

The Wendover Country Music Festival has announced the lineup for the festival in mid-July. The star-studded four days starts Thursday, July 13th featuring the Swamp Rats, Martin Duford, le Diable a Cinq, and Sugar Crush and Roxanne. Friday see Sophie Richard, Andre Varin, Rene Turgeon, Aie Cobaye, Andrew Charlebois, Phil Denault, Lendemain de Velle, and Eastbound of Bytown. Saturday features JC Harrison, Steeve Desmarais, Erica Brighthill, Fred Delorme, Ghys Mongeon, Pamela Rooney, Marc-Andre Lemieux, and Road Trip Country. Sunday the festival finishes with the Branchard Cousins, Naomi Bristow and Rheal Leblanc. For information and tickets email

Speaking of music, a very special musical Celebration of Life is being held to honour Linda Dunn. The outdoor show is July 8th starting at 5:30 at the Navan Fair Grounds. There will be food, a cash bar and at 8 p.m. live music from Sterling. Please RSVP on Eventbrite so the organizers can gauge attendance. Linda Dunn was well known in the area and served her community in many ways, including councillor and deputy mayor for the former Cumberland Township, co-founder of the Eastern Valley Cooperative Nursery School in Navan, editor and journalist of the Cumberland Communiqué, president of the Navan Women’s Institute and Secretary-Treasurer of the Russell District WI, active volunteer for the Cumberland Township Agricultural Society (the Navan Fair), for Navan Fall Fest and for Vintage Stock Theatre. She passed away earlier this year.

Starting soon there will be “Live Music In The Park” at Victoria Park in Metcalfe on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting, throughout the summer. Artists will be announced soon.

The Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace lottery jackpot is closing in on a million dollars. The jackpot is now estimated at $971,000 and the weekly prize at $55,000. Only six envelopes are left. You must be in and live in Ontario to purchase a ticket. Purchases can be made at 26 retail locations or online at

RAPA members Dave Rama andScott Tomlinson. Courtesy photo.

The Russell Association for the Performing Arts is producing Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor the next two weekends for several shows at Russell High School. For tickets or information to this comedy of errors see You can hear my interview with Dave Rama and Scott Tomlinson on Local First.

The Carlsbad Springs Recycling and Bottle Drive will be Saturday, May 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center. Metal, electronics, vehicle batteries and alcohol bottles are accepted. The event started about ten years ago to divert recyclable waste, to show there are other solutions than stated by landfill proponents.

Speaking of true recycling Russell’s Dumpster-Diving Doc, Darrell Menard, will be giving his “Dumpster Diving with the Doc Recycling Workshop” on May 27th at the Fiat Farm Spring Bazaar. Doc has made thousands of dollars picking up discarded recyclables on the sides of roads, and will share some trade secrets. The farm is at 757 Route 400, Russell. Write

Children aged 4 to 11 can register for the Carlsbad Springs Bike rodeo which will be on June 10th. Email by Monday, May 29th.

The Russell Optimists are hosting a rib night and Yuk Yuk’s comedy evening on June 17th. The deadline to buy tickets is June 2nd. See

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