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CJRO News November 30 to December 6, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to CJRO News on Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, 107.7 and 107.9 in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, parts of Ottawa and Russell, and online, at

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from near Carlsbad Springs.

First off, stay tuned to us for some fun later this winter. CJRO Radio will have CJRO Radio Bingo in early 2021, hopefully by February. Bingo cards will be available at local corner stores in Carlsbad Springs and Vars. Funds from the weekly Bingo will be distributed to social clubs in those villages. There will be three games. Right now it is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. weekly on Thursdays. It will be available on FM (both in Carlsbad Springs and Vars) and also online on, and We’ll give you more details as the time approaches.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Ottawa Food Bank is seeing demand increase. To help out, the Navan Village Christmas Food Drive will be Sunday, December 20, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

To participate leave non-perishable food donations for Food Bank in a bag on your front steps or front walkway. The McWilliams family (face-masked and in Santa hats) will pick up the donations either by horse and wagon or by pick-up truck. Cash donations will also be accepted at

J.T. Bradleys Country Convenience from December 12th to the 20th. A truck will be at the store on the 20th from 12 noon to 3p.m. for food donation drop-off.

For more information contact

The Child and Youth Program at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre wants to hear from parents and legal guardians of children and youth in Grades 2 to 12. The resource centre staff want to find out what services and programs parents and guardians are looking for. The information will be used to develop and adapt future programming for parents in Orléans, Cumberland, Vars, Sarsfield, Navan and surrounding areas. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Answers will be anonymous and any personal information shared will be confidential. Go to to participate.

For Russell Township residents Mayor Pierre Leroux is hosting a Q&A on the Township’s facebook page at December 10th at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity to ask about the 2021 Budget.

Here’s a reminder of our excellent news. CJRO will be busy this winter and spring setting up our new transmitter site in Embrun. we hope that by June Russell Township residents will be able to pick us up clearly on 107.7 FM. I’ll be expanding the reporting area to include more Russell Township and area news as well as Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, Ramsayville and Navan, so stay tuned!

Are you or your family seeking some Christmas cheer? Many communities have displays of lights or will host drive-through Christmas parades.

On Saturday, December 5th, you can drive-through the OC Transpo Park & Ride at Place d'Orleans to see the static parade. It will include an Ottawa Fire Service Ladder Truck holding up an LED Christmas Tree and Santa on his float.

Cash and toy donations will be collected for the Salvation Army's Toy Mountain. The displays will be up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The City of Clarence-Rockland’s Christmas Parade of Lights will take place on Sunday, December 6th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Clarence-Rockland Arena parking lot, located at 8710 County Road 17 in Rockland.

On Saturdays and Sundays until December 20th you can visit Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm on York’s Corners Road, Edwards. Take a tractor-drawn sleigh ride to the Christmas Villages, where you can explore the village, play games, see the animals in the barn and meet Santa Claus.

You must book ahead online and the cost is $120 for up to six persons.

At the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum the Vintage Village of Lights has shifted to drive-through, allowing you to pass through a 1920s and ‘30s village illuminated by over 30,000 lights.

The cost is $25 per vehicle. For tickets, visit

Eastern Ontario's biggest outdoor light festival, Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, features over one million lights on the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village.

Tickets are $14 each and must be bought in advance. See to purchase.

In downtown Ottawa thousands of dazzling holiday lights will brighten Confederation Boulevard every evening, until January 7th, from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The free Lights at Lansdowne display will light up the area in and around Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza and at Lansdowne Park.

A bit further away, near Kanata, the popular Wesley Clover Parks Campground drive-through Magic of Lights is again dazzling visitors, using LED technology and digital animations.

The cost is $22 plus fees and taxes online, or $35 at the gate Friday to Sunday.

It runs until January 9th. For more information, visit

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have an experience you’d like to share? Do you have a story about how COVID has affected you? If yes, I’d like to hear it. Contact me by emailing

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