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CJRO News November 21 to November 27, 2022

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

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is offering bivalent Covid vaccines to any Ontarians aged 12 and over. Flu shots are also available now. Both can be accessed easily at pharmacies and doctors’ offices. Appointments needed for the Covid vaccine as it must be thawed before use.

A group of about 200 residents of Eastern Ontario are asking various levels of government to help woodlot and sugar bush owners recover from last spring’s derecho. Throughout the area hit hard by the May long weekend windstorm there has been so much delay with help, including Navan farmers only finding out in late September that they did not qualify for provincial disaster assistance funding, that the group felt they had to take new actions.

Two local book launches are in December. The Marionville Citizens’ Committee is launching the historical book "Marionville... mon village raconté...Aux confins de trois comtés" with author Marcel Clément, December 11th between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Marionville Community Center at 4629 Chemin Grégoire. There will be hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and books available for purchase. This is great to see a new local history book emerge.

On December 10th Mark Van Dusen launches his new book, How to Stitch a Chicken, at the Russell Branch of the Russell Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can listen to my interview with Mark about the book on Local First or hear the podcast at

CJRO's next bingo radio will be on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Jude's Pizza in Vars, Carlsbad Variety at the corner of Russell and Boundary Roads, and Rene's Corner at the corner of Piperville and Anderson Roads. Cards are $5 each. Proceeds will go to Optimist Clubs in Vars and Carlsbad Springs.

Orléans MP Marie-France Lalonde invites the public to her annual free movie night on Friday, December 9th to watch Super Dog. The film will start at 7 p.m. at Cinéstarz in Orléans. RSVP by calling 613-834-1800 or writing

As November passes more Christmas events are coming up, including the Christmas Festival in Casselman from December 1st to December 4th. It starts Thursday, December 1st with hockey, Christmas markets follow on Friday and Saturday, and there will be a street party, bonfire and beer garden on Saturday, followed on Sunday by a visit with Pere Noel, an art exhibition, folk dancing, Circle et boules de neige, and an illuminated Christmas parade in the early evening. For more details see

Of course, that’s not the only parade. Embrun’s is this Saturday, November 26th at 6:30 p.m. and Russell’s is Sunday November 27th at 1 p.m.

Also this Sunday is the Sarsfield Food Drive, at the Sarsfield Community Centre at 3585 Sarsfield Road. At St-Hugues Church across the street, there is drop-off before or after mass only. There is also a drive-through format. Bring non- perishable food items or a cash donation and Santa Claus will thank you with delicious treats and holiday music. Donations will go to the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and be redistributed in the region.

On Saturday, December 3rd a Christmas Bazaar will be at St. Viateur School, 205 Limoges Road from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including a visit with Santa from 10 to 2. Admission is a non-perishable food bank donation.

The Embrun Christmas Market is coming up December 10th and 11th at the Community Centre. In a convenient gesture, volunteer high school students will be there to guide young children around to shop without their parents seeing what they buy. For more information contact

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace is gaining momentum as the jackpot rises. It is now $152,000. Last week’s weekly prize was over $7,800. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at many retail locations in the local area.

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