June 30th Covid Update

June 30, 2020

 June 30th Covid Update: 

June 30, 2020

“Nobody ever said it was going to be easy”.  These wise words have been spoken by a number of artists through music and poetry and quotations and sometimes its just the thing we need to hear.  Somehow we settled into the idea that easy is what we are owed when in fact facing a challenge or a struggle is what can lift us up, if we face it.  And with support, conviction and knowledge, we can face these challenges and we can come out the other side as better people, maybe not everyday but in the long run.  And we can be better people in a better community and a better country. 

A lot of decisions have been made in regards to recreation in the last two weeks.  A recap on what is happening in our community with a few new points:

·         Kerrobert businesses continue to be champions in keeping our community safe and our needs met.

·         All parks are open but users must bring hand sanitizer as we are not able to do daily sanitizing.

·         Town office is back to regular hours – Monday to Friday 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30.

·         Kerrobert Ball diamonds are being maintained to ensure they do not fall into disrepair and although we encourage use by families, they will only be more carefully maintained with a request to rent.

·         The Library drop box is open and you can arrange for a curbside pickup either online or by phone.  The facility is not currently open but staff can be reached by phone at their regular hours and they are ready to help you in any way.

·         Basketball, volleyball court and tetherball courts are open, users must practise regular hand hygiene when sharing equipment.

·         The Handibus is back open for use with safety protocols in place.  Please note that the lack of drivers is causing some trouble for our regular schedule.  If you are in need of the Handibus, please call 834-7464 (Handibus cell) or 834-2361 (Town of Kerrobert) to book.

·         The Museum committee made the difficult decision to not open this summer due to lack of staff and the increased cleaning protocols.  There is no word yet from the Art Gallery on when they intend to resume their activities.

·         June 29th Phase 4.2 plans are allowing for Day Camps with restrictions in place.  Our Park Program leaders have started registering children ages 5-12 and we hope to share more information next week.

·         The Arena will open Sept. 19 & 20 and the Rage team have booked that date as their Training Camp weekend!  All other plans for resuming activities at the rink are being reviewed.  It is difficult to make plans at this time as the restrictions continue to lift and change.  So although we are following that news closely, we are reluctant to make decisions at this time.

The Graduating Class of 2020 put on a wonderful celebration on Sunday June 28 at the Kerrobert Fairgrounds and followed with a community parade.  Incredible efforts were made to make this unique celebration special during a pandemic.  Teachers, parents, community members and graduates should be commended for all the work they did to make this special and many thanks for including the community in the celebration.  We are all proud of this great group of kids.

The Federal Government has put out information on the Canada Student Service Benefit allowing students put volunteer hours towards their tuition.  I highly recommend that eligible students check out this incredible opportunity to get involved.  Although, at time of writing, there are no Kerrobert non-profit organizations set up, many of the opportunities allow for volunteering from home such as through the Kids Help Phone or Pen Pal with Seniors.  And perhaps in time, local organizations will register.

Please be sure to check out the article from Communities in Bloom this week, encouraging locals to vote for their favorite yard and business.  Winner will be awarded their Yard Stake at the end of July.

The Town of Kerrobert has seen some recent vandalism on the Well House behind the school yard.  The Police were notified as entrance into this building could cause a problem for our water system and danger to those who enter.  We have also been notified of children trespassing in areas that are not open to the pubic.  These doors are locked for a reason and all have been re-secured.  Please, please talk to your children about the dangers of entering areas that they are not permitted.

The Park Program leaders are encouraging citizens to decorate their front yards and celebrate Canada Day allowing for what they call a “Reverse Parade” where community members can enjoy the show during an evening drive around.  A prize will be given out to the family or business that is decorated the best!  Be sure to check out the Courthouse to see the window decorating that was done to celebrate our great country of Canada.

Information regarding Covid 19 change daily and the news seems to be draining at times, so be sure to monitor yourselves, family members, friends and co workers for signs of stress.  Nobody said this was going to be easy and reaching out takes courage and strength.  Know when it is time to call on a professional as our family and friends may not have the skills needed to deal with our unique challenges.  The support you may need could simply be a phone call away…

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

Happy Canada Day!

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director