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June 10th Covid Update

June 10, 2020

 

June 10, 2020

 

The good news continues in Saskatchewan as restrictions are lifted and the weather is warming up!  As people are starting to gather in small groups, sit out in their yards and see one another more, there is much catching up to do.  It’s a welcome break from the news to find out how are friends and family have been spending their time.

 

Week 13 of the Covid pandemic brings more positive changes to Saskatchewan.  June 8 allowed more businesses to open, June 12 will allow our playgrounds and beaches to open, June 22 will bring our Kerrobert Library staff back into the building and with mixed emotions we were told that schools will open in September.  Once these announcements have been made you can be sure that there are people scrambling to follow and develop guidelines.  This is not an easy process for the decision makers nor is it an easy process for those implementing the decisions.  This is a time where patience is needed for all those who are struggling to do it “right”.  Thankfully in our small town residents, patience can be found in abundance; another great reason to live in rural Sask.

 

In regards to the Parks opening, we are doing what we can to ensure the users that our equipment will be safe for use on June 12.  We are waiting on more information from provincial experts to help us make those decisions.  We will be posting information and putting up signage as soon as we are able to open, with our goal being June 12.  Council will be discussing at their meeting tonight about the opening of the public washroom at the Poolside Park.  We will keep you notified.

 

The Recreation Board met this week after a 3-month hiatus.  Although the acoustics were not great in our wide-open space and we faced the challenge of social distancing, it was great to get this group together again.  There were a number of motions and recommendations made to Council regarding our recreation facilities and programming and we will be sharing more of that information with the public next week.

 

Communities in Bloom and the Chamber of Commerce pots are all up and being watered by our summer student 3 times a week.  A huge thank you must go out to everyone who has donated to this program in the last two weeks.  A reminder that 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 and volunteers are welcome to join in!  Watch for more great things that Communities in Bloom will be doing this summer!  Many thanks to everyone for their extra efforts to keep their yards and our public spaces cleaned up.  It is making for a more beautiful community to be living in this summer.

 

Our Community Initiative Fund and Parks for All students are very busy making summer plans to beautify our spaces, boost community spirits and keep kids active.  Although they will not be able to meet with children in groups, they are planning many great ways to connect with them.  We hope the community will get behind their initiatives and make this a summer to remember in Kerrobert.  Watch on Facebook for more information!

 

We received information that the Canada Student Services Grant will not be offered by the Federal Government.  Although this may have come as disappointing news to the students who hoped to be part of it, we still encourage students to volunteer!  Meals on Wheels continues to look for local volunteers and we have a number of spaces that could use some extra time.  For those students who choose to volunteer in our community, the Recreation Department is happy to provide them with a positive reference and a letter indicating a thank you for their time.  This is a great time to show our volunteer spirit and we know that our province was built on the backs of volunteers since it’s beginning.  Please contact the Rec office for more information.

 

Our Council and our Administrator wish to make mention of a few items including a thank you to those who have paid their taxes promptly and a reminder that they have till June 30th to receive the discount.  The Handibus remains parked at this time and Council is watching for when more restrictions will be lifted and they can get back to providing this important service.  Lastly, a call was received from the property owners of “the grove” stating that there has been an increase of garbage being left there including furniture and appliances.  These items must be taken to the landfill.  We ask that everyone please respect the areas in and around our community so that we can continue to enjoy them for years to come.

 

We wish to thank Ryder Johnstone for the three weeks he spent with us in the Recreation Office.  Ryder was able to participate in 4 meetings, meet a number of people and help out in many small projects.   He also was able to put together a video highlighting some of our spaces that we will be posting today!  We encourage you to enjoy and share the video as a good reminder of how good we have it in Kerrobert.  Thank you, Ryder, for your time here and for your enthusiasm to get involved.  We hope we will continue to see you after your practicum ends.  Thank you for choosing Kerrobert!

 

We are so excited that the Wheatland Regional Library is resuming their operations and although it will be some time before the Library is open to the public, this is a great first step!  Our staff will be returning to do a clean up and to learn how we will operate with restrictions.  We are so happy to have them back!   Many, many people have been exchanging books during this closure and I for one found it difficult to not have new reading material available while we were at home.  Summer is always a great time to read and the reopening of the Library is, to many of us, very welcome news!

 

So may we never again take for granted how blessed we are; new books to browse at the Library, a handshake or a hug, a meeting, saying hello to a friend at church, school, cheering at a hockey game, stepping on the ice or the dance floor or the ball field, going to work and not worrying about our safety, gathering for graduation and wedding celebrations or to mourn a loved one.  We have been a very, very blessed society and slowly but surely, we will get back to those days. 

 

The West Central Crisis Center will be resuming their weekly visits to Kerrobert in the near future.  We welcome them back and appreciate the support they provide to West Central residents through their on-site visits and their 24 Crisis line.  Again, we encourage you to reach out to your neighbors to stay connected, we encourage you to find local support in our incredible local 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

 

Stay safe and stay connected!

 

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director