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Weekly Covid Update

August 19, 2020

AUGUST 19 COVID UPDATE:

Week 23 – It’s another hot week and if you can find the shade it’s a great time to get together with friends or family outside while socially distancing.  It’s also a great time to get out for a walk to see the beautiful yards and spaces.  It’s been wonderful to see the improvements and extra care that has been done in our community this year due to people spending more time at home.

The Park Program is into it’s last week of activities and clean up has begun.  Our leaders can be commended on running a program that no one could have dreamed up just a few months ago.  Around the world people have been coming up with unique ideas to try to promote physical activity, positivity, and healthy minds and it happened here in our little community with this program.  They have sent out thank yous (we know we missed many – focus on the intent!), done numerous chalk bombs, story walks, and activity walks, handed out activity bags, given used books, painted windows and rocks and connected with over 100 children and families.  The biggest hit by far was the finding of Golden Rocks that were hidden weekly in our community.  Each week saw new hunters out and about to get in on the fun!  We encourage our community to follow their lead and continue sharing positive messages, creativity, physical activity and fun.  Thank you to Erin Hebron, Celena Kissick and Tari Kissick for doing their best to make our summer brighter.  Many thanks to all those who sent them special messages of support and thank yous.

More thanks yous this week go out to our KCS staff who are working overtime preparing for a new school year.  I live just down the street from the school and I can tell you that there were very few days this summer that there weren’t one or more staff vehicles there.  There is so much uncertainty and fear for parents, students and staff as we enter unchartered territory attending school during a pandemic.  There are many families and staff who will be making difficult decisions that work for their specific circumstances, and we know that many people in all sectors have been doing that for months now.  I truly hope that we can all continue to trust in our local leaders for guidance and the people in our community for support.  If together, we stay committed to following the (hopefully) short lived restrictions we can keep our kids and our loved ones healthy and get back to living the way we used to.  We wish our KCS staff the best of luck as they begin this new year.   Please know that the weight of this does not lay entirely on your shoulders, we are all in this together.

I have great news to share since our August 13th Library Board meeting.  The Library will be reopening to the public on Sept. 1 with increased hours.  It’s a positive step and I am so pleased with the decision of our Board, the support from Council and the commitment of our staff to follow guidelines while offering this most important service.  We will be opening for one family to attend at a time for a 15 minute time slot.  Please know that there may a short wait to get in but there will be reading material available during that time.  Patrons will be asked to sign in so that we can do contact tracing if necessary and of course, use of hand sanitizer before and after entering is mandatory.  Browsing the shelves will be encouraged but staying to enjoy our toys and activities or our comfy seating will be put on hold.  Watch for more information from the Library and from these updates on our new hours.

Our major recreation projects continue to move forward.  A quick update :

·         Chiller has been pressure tested and although it is slightly behind schedule, all is going well.

·         Arena heaters are installed and nearly ready for operation.

·         Zamboni is home!

·         Kitchen exhaust system at arena and PCC will be professionally cleaned this week.

·         Lights surface lights, ammonia exhaust system and brine line repair have yet to be completed.

·         Pool project continues on time and on budget.

·         Purchase of new shale for all three diamonds and Diamond #3 fence line replacement have yet to be completed.

·         PCC minor roof leaks have been inspected and with the help of local contactors we are looking at ways to repair.

Our 2020 Municipal Election will be held November 9th, 2020.  Call for nominations is now open and will close on October 7th at 4:00.  More information can be found on the Town of Kerrobert website or by calling the Town office at 834-2361.  All positions are open including 1 Mayor and 6 Councillors.  It is an exciting time to be discussing with your neighbors, friends and family, a vision for our community and the wants and needs we would like to see addressed.  Show support to those you think can lead us in a positive direction and consider getting involved. 

We want to thank the many businesses who have continued to support our arena through billboard and on ice advertising.  We know that Covid has caused many businesses financial difficulties and we understand that many difficult decisions have had to be made.  We want to assure those who are considering this option for 2020-2021 that regardless of how we open we will remain committed to promoting these businesses and publicly thanking them for their support.  And for those who are not able to commit to purchasing a billboard, we still thank all of our local businesses who provide support in a number of ways including discounts, deliveries, sharing of equipment, resources and time.  We are not out of the woods when it comes to fighting this virus or it’s effects on our economy.  Support and shop local.

Be sure to follow the Kerrobert Courthouse Restoration Society Facebook page to watch the live Facebook event on Saturday August 29th at 2:00 pm.  They will be rebranding the Kerrobert Courthouse to the “Kerrobert Cultural Center”, doing a ribbon cutting, sealing the Time Capsule and Mayor Mock will be doing a presentation.  Please also drop off your filled-out Time Capsule form which can be found in the back of Chronicle or call the Town office.  The Time Capsule will be re-opened in 2045 at the Kerrobert Courthouse 125th celebration, a time when this pandemic will be but a distant memory.

A reminder that the Rage organization will be hosting a Golf Tournament on Sept. 18, 2020.  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.

Sometimes things happen that snap us back into the reality of being thankful for the incredible and rich blessings that surround us despite living during a pandemic.  We are all on different mental health time lines but I do know that focussing on the negative will assure a decline in our mental health.  It’s a roller coaster for sure but sitting at the top of the roller coaster with our eyes shut and screaming in fear will ensure we miss out on a beautiful view.  Find positive mentors, don’t read the comments and seek professional answers from people you trust.  Good things and good people surround us.  Take care Kerrobert and area friends!

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

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director