New ‘Welcome to Russell’ signs survey complete, residents respond

This Google maps shows one of the signs on the outskirts of Russell. Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

RUSSELL — The Kin Club of Russell would like to thank all those who gave their input on the two new Welcome to Russell [Russell Village not the township] signs they are designing and building. Local Russell residents overwhelmingly chose two mosaic signs (58 percent) over the choice of a sign with white-lettering and plain background (33 percent) or the choice of one of each of the above (9 percent).

Of the 13 choices to be included in the mosaic, residents chose the following:  Generous (3 percent), Great Fire (1915) (6 percent), Mills (11 percent), Sports (15 percent), Bricks (16 percent), Canadian Flag (27 percent), Russell Fair (29 percent), New York Central Railway (29 percent), Agriculture (30 percent), Russell Dam (31 percent), Lifestyle in Russell (38 percent), Walking Trails (43 percent), and the Castor River (58 percent). The complete details of the survey can be viewed at

The Welcome to Russell signs are estimated at a cost of $80,000, and will be placed on Castor Street by the bike path between Russell and Embrun and on Craig Street close to Boundary Road. The mosaic signs are being designed by KB Media, who also designed the Welcome to Embrun signs.

The Kin Club of Russell will be fundraising immediately for the signs. Sponsors will have their names enshrined on a commemorative plaque near the bike path sign location. For donations or donations-in-kind, please contact Doug Anthony at or 613-445-6483. Donations can also be made online at


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