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July 22, 2020 Covid Update

July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020

We are into Week 19 of the Covid 19 pandemic and we have seen many dips and increases to the cases in Saskatchewan.  With numbers up in the west central region, we are seeing businesses and organizations take extra precautions to keep their staff and our community safe.  As they continue to walk this fine line often between struggling to keep their business open as well as keeping people safe, I urge our community to continue supporting them and to follow their lead in restrictions they may need to implement.  Our local businesses provide employment to our family members and friends, essential services and major support to our recreation facilities and programs.  This week the Park Program leaders are focussed on thanking leaders in our business community who have worked diligently throughout; managing the government restrictions and still providing us essential services.  Please join us in thanking them; they too are our front line workers.

In a typical summer, these are quieter weeks for the Recreation Department.  One set of pool lessons would be complete, we would have worked out all the kinks with opening the pool, ball season would be ending as provincials would be wrapped up, PCC rentals are always down in July, Parks are cleaned up and full of people, the Library summer read program would be well on it’s way and our summer staff would be well trained to complete all summer duties.  Instead we have settled into completing large and small projects as time permits, continuing to make adjustments and look to the future for what our winter will look like at the arena and the PCC.  As we work to keep up with the grass cutting due to the unusual amount of rain, Rec staff have removed the old heaters from the area, completed inspections on buildings and boilers, done repairs on equipment at all facilities, kept up with watering the Communities in Bloom and Chamber of Commerce flowers three times a week, worked with contractors to arrange for pool repairs, arena heater installation, light replacement and marked the new fence line for Diamond #3.  Library staff are also working every Tuesday, to keep everyone’s book requests filled.  Although our summer looks different, we are keeping busy and always trying to make improvements for our community.

As mentioned above, the Park Program leaders are thanking essential business owners and workers this week as well as providing a variety of activities for families to stay active.  Be sure to check out their Facebook page at “Kerrobert Swimming Pool and Park Program” to get in on many fun activities and prizes.  Again, many thanks to the Kerrobert Reddi Mart for providing tasty treat prizes to those who participate!

The first news coming from arenas that are re-opening talks of restrictions that may not be popular to hockey fans or to parents.  Restricting numbers of people in the arena could be a new reality this winter.  Many are currently only allowing 25-30 people in the building.  The current practise is to have players arrive dressed and ready to play with parents either not being allowed into arenas or having to leave when skates are tied.   Hockey Canada released a document on July 10, “Return to Hockey Guidelines”.  Kerrobert Minor Hockey will be looking at this document and information from the Sask Hockey Organization in regards to their responsibilities when holding practises and games.  The rink will be re-opening with likely restrictions on Sept. 18th weekend for the Rage Camp.

The Rage organization will be hosting a Golf Tournament on Sept. 18, 2020.  They are looking for community support by asking for hole sponsors for $120.  Golfers from the community are welcome and a game of golf, a cart and dinner will be $60.  Mike Kryshelnyski, an NHL Edmonton Oiler Alumni, will be joining them for golf and dinner.  With the likelihood of reduced fans paying to attend games this year, the Rage will need our support.  The team has also put out the call looking for hockey players born between 2000 and 2003 as well as billets for these players.  Please contact the new Head Coach and General Manager Brian Noad at 780-260-0058 for more information or call Miranda at 834-7506 regarding billeting.

The Kerrobert Cemetery committee is doing outstanding work this year.  The tree line is well trimmed, roads are being extended, headstones are being straightened and low spots are being filled.  The volunteer committee is encouraging the community to join in these efforts and help when and where you can.  Most days and evenings you will find staff or volunteers on the Cemetery grounds who may be able to assist you.  Many, many thanks to everyone who has donated financially to the 2020 Cemetery Improvement project and who has come out to help make improvements.  Town staff has recently been doing some work to help identify plots and we are working to ensure our records are up to date.

The Kerrobert Reservoir has been a very busy place this summer.   You will regularly find people fishing and enjoying the grounds, bird watching or walking the Nature Trail.  It is looking beautiful out there thanks to the work from the Wildlife Federation and the Nature Trail committee.  It is great place to enjoy an afternoon or evening.  It is Drowning Prevention Week and we remind everyone who plays in or near water to ensure that they stay safe.  Sadly, Saskatchewan has seen news of tragic drownings this summer.  If you are spending time at the reservoir please ensure you know the water safety practises that are necessary to stay safe near an unguarded body of water.

Thank you to Communities in Bloom volunteers for cleaning up the Park tree line recently.  Keeping it weed free to present a beautiful and well-groomed green space to those who travel through, is a busy job.  A reminder that this will be the last week to submit your vote for the individual and business that is keeping a beautiful space this summer.  Please either drop off your vote or call the Town office to submit.

Father Daniel Yasinski shared some important words this past week.  He reminded us to stay focussed on the wheat instead of the weeds.  It is easy to slip into a negative mindset during these trying times but when we do, we miss the beauty of what is also here, sometimes right in our own community or in our own home.  Please remember though that help is available when it is needed.  Please reach out.

Sask Health Line - 811
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6655
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
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Please note that due to holidays, there will be limited services from the Recreation office and Park program next week and that there will not be a write up in the next two Chronicles. Until then, stay well and thank someone who owns or works in a local business! 

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director

2020/2021 Yard Stake Winners

Please submit your vote on the best kept yard and business in Kerrobert.

 

Name and/or address of deserving yard :

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Name and/or address of deserving business :

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Submit  your entry by dropping of this ballot at the Town Office or by emailing to kerrobert.recdirector@sasktel.net or texting to 834-8355