June 3rd, 2020 Covid Update
June 03, 2020
June 3, 2020
We were fortunate this week to have a personal invitation from Tralapa Music and Sports Festival to participate in a live Facebook presentation from Dr. Jody Carrington – Staying Connected During a Crisis. It is clear as to why she has become a best-selling author and national speaker as her content is relevant and her approach is fresh, entertaining and very real. The link to watch can be found on the Tralapa Music and Sports Festival page. Pour yourself and coffee and enjoy! Thank you to Tralapa 2019 for sponsoring this important event.
Week 12 of the COVID pandemic brings more good news as we have seen a day with no new cases. This brings us closer to Phase 3 of the Sask Re-Open plan which is set for June 8, which will allow for more openings including; more businesses will open at some capacity including personal services, restaurants, licenses establishments, gyms, daycares and churches and gatherings of people will be increased to a maximum of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. More information can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca. We are looking forward to Phase 4 when recreation services and programming will be allowed to reopen. A reminder that our parks currently are mandated closed by the government. We have been reluctant to put caution tape up around our equipment and instead hope that the signage will remind users that we are closed due to the high touch surfaces. Your cooperation is appreciated.
More meetings were held this week allowing us to make some important decisions that have been put on hold. The Fairground committee met and was so graciously given a substantial donation from the Kerrobert Minor Ball committee to add more shale to Diamond 1 and 2. Watch for photos and more information! The decision was made to pull down the damaged fence on Diamond 3. It has been the hope for the committee to complete a fence and place shale on this diamond but until we can find the funds to do this it became important to pull down that fence for safety reasons. With the loss of revenue at this facility due to the cancellation of ball, we are revaluating what projects we can move forward with. Kerrobert U19 Minor Ball, Recreation Ball and Kerrobert Rodeo committee remain hopeful that later in the season there could be a possibility holding some type of event.
I share this post from the Kerrobert and District Agriculture Society on June 3, “Today 65 4H members would have been at the Kerrobert Fairgrounds feeding their animals and preparing for the 74th Annual Regional Show and Sale. That’s 41 steers, 30 heifers and 8 cow and calf pairs. This year looks different for all of us. These 4H members have spent many hours feeding, grooming, halter breaking and loving these animals. We will return!” Members from the Recreation department look forward to their return, our facilities are not the same without our people.
The cleaning out of the treelines and the backyard pickup has helped us to build a substantial pile of mulch that is housed at the Fairgrounds. We will be placing this mulch at various locations. We will notify the community when the pile is open to the public. Until then, please do not use from this pile.
Communities in Bloom held a successful planting day on May 30 and the Chamber of Commerce put up their hanging planters on June 2. The wind has been blowing ever since so it is keeping our summer student busy with extra watering. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have already donated to the Flower Pot program. This committee has a number of projects they wish to complete this summer, if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Recreation office at 834-8355. On June 22 at 9:00am the Communities in Bloom will be committing time to spruce up the Courthouse grounds as 2020 marks the 100th celebration of the building. Extra time will be spent on the grounds this year to mark this special occasion. A reminder that the Yard Stake program will be happening again and we ask the community to submit their choices for yards and spaces in the following categories: Most Beautiful, Most Improved, Best Business and Honorable Mention. Watch for more information on how to vote!
What a great response from the community to clean up their yards and outside spaces! Thank you to everyone who has been working to help make our community shine! To those living on the edges of Kerrobert and to those who are cleaning up public spaces we are appreciative of the extra time you are putting in and it will allow us to devote more time to grass cutting and maintenance in these spaces.
We welcome back Erin Hebron, Tari Kissick and Celena Kissick all of whom have been hired as summer students through the Community Initiative Fund and the Parks for All Grant with Sask Parks and Recreation. All three girls have worked as Lifeguards and Swim Instructors with the Kerrobert Pool. Erin has worked with the Town since 2016 and Tari and Celena have worked with us since 2017. Grant guidelines and provincial regulations will make for a unique program and much planning is underway as this is unchartered territory. We are communicating with communities around the province on best practises for holding a summer program and for promoting greenspaces safely. Some ideas that we hope to implement include : holding more Parades, building playkits for pickup, using the tree lines for “rock word hunts”, activity walk and story walks, community wide scavenger hunts, painting and hiding Kerrobert Rocks, making I Spy windows at the rink, encouraging and organization town wide window decorating and painting, handing out books, engaging community leaders young and old to share important messages, and placing permanent signage. Although we are not able to gather the children in groups we are looking forward to hopefully building community spirit. We will be sharing more information on the Culture and Recreation Facebook page on the activities we have planned.
We have started to receive calls about students who are looking for work and students who are looking to volunteer. We are currently collecting these names and will be sharing information on we can help partner up those who need work to be done. There is no updated information on the Canada Student Services Grant which is encouraging students to volunteer during this pandemic. We will continue to watch for this update at www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
Dr. Jody Carrington reminded us this week of the importance of staying connected and we know that many people in our community are struggling. Currently families and friends are not able to support one another and gather for funerals, graduates are not able to plan their graduation celebration, businesses are trying make it work and families are facing various struggles at home. Again, we encourage you to reach out to your neighbors to stay connected, we encourage you to find local support in our incredible leaders but if you need immediate help, please reach out to any one of the following:
Sask Health Line - 811
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6555
West Central Crisis after hours – 1-306-463-1860 (24 hour line)
Heartland Health Region - 1-866-268-9139
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5389
Public Works on call phone – 834-7788
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355