Weekly Covid Update

October 08, 2020

Oct. 9, 2020

Week 30 – March 12, 2020, for me, was THE DAY that Covid 19 hit the Recreation Department.  I received an email stating that Hockey was shutting down across the county.  My phone and my email blew up with concerned parents, community members, other Recreation Directors and of course, my family.  What did this mean?  We knew that when hockey was cancelled, it was for real.  That was such a difficult time and not so much because of the cancellation of hockey but that we were dealing with something that we didn’t know anything about.  There was much fear.  Fast forward 30 weeks and Minor Hockey is back in the rink and we are so much more aware of how this virus behaves and of what we need to do to stay safe.  I feel so blessed to live in Saskatchewan and so blessed to live in a small town where I see people working together to do what we need to do to get through this and with leaders who continue to keep us on a positive and realistic track forward. 

There have been many positive comments about the PCC opening up again!  Walk this Way will begin on Oct. 13.  We have been asked if masks should be worn and our advice is to follow the advice of the health officials.  We encourage people to make every effort to keep themselves and those around them safe.  Walk this Way happens every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am – 11:30am and allows people to continue walking despite slippery streets or poor weather.  This weekly event is free to users thanks to funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries.   All Walkers must follow safety guidelines including social distancing, hand sanitizing and staying home if sick.  Thank you to Glenda Thiessen for again taking a leadership role in this important program.  The Shuffle Club is meeting on Oct. 19 to discuss their hopes and plans for their season.  Many thanks to their president, Jack Schan for arranging.

The Library continues to be a busy place including many outdoor storyhours for KCS students.  We hope the new extended hours will allow more people the opportunity to visit.  Please do not hesitate to contact our Librarians if you have questions about how to use the Library or to sign up for a Library card.  They are still doing curbside pick ups for those who are not able to stop in.  We are most thankful for our Librarians who continue to welcome patrons to the Library.

The Fairgrounds have been cleaned up and there are a few short weeks left for people to get out and enjoy walking through the trees.  Staff were hard at work cleaning up the diamonds which are once again weed free.  The decision has been made to hold off with diamond improvements until April of 2021.  At that time we will be adding approximately 40 cubic yards of red shale to each Diamond 1 and Diamond 2, thanks in part to a donation from Kerrobert Minor Ball.  And on Diamond 3 we will be adding approximately 120 cubic yards of red shale as well as new fencing making it playable for the 2021 season!  Other minor improvement including bleacher repair will be done in the new year as well.  Many thanks to staff for their hard work.

Kerrobert Minor Hockey has chosen their coaches and managers and they are working with Luseland and Dodsland to ensure they have a good number of players on each team.  Many thanks to all those coaches over the years who provided our youth with valuable instruction that always goes beyond the game of hockey.

The Sask Hockey League sent out their Return to Hockey Safe Guidelines this week which will have local hockey organizations re-thinking how they will start the year.  At the Recreation Department we will work with each organization to schedule games as scheduling meetings are set up.  We ask that managers understand that we will do everything we can to ensure that they get the selection of ice times they need to run a successful and safe season.  We trust that each organization make themselves knowledgeable as to what guidelines they need to follow.

 Brian Noad, RAGE Head Coach/GM has reached out the Recreation Department asking for ways that our local Rage team could volunteer in our community.  If you are in need of some volunteers, please contact them!  As well, they continue to look for billets and work placements for these young men so please contact Brian at (780) 260-0058 if you can help them out in any way.

Kerrobert public skate began this week.  There were several skaters in attendance following all posted guidelines.  We will be offering public skate when we are able to have a staff member in the arena monitoring all safety guidelines including; only 30 people allowed on the ice at one time and anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Due to the anticipation of increased numbers we will be offering two types of public skates.  Family Skate will be for those of all ages to attend and no pucks or sticks will be allowed on the ice.  This will allow skaters to sharpen their skating skills or to just enjoy some physical activity without the concern of a puck coming their way!  Shinny will allow all ages on the ice as well however; pucks and sticks will be allowed.  We will monitor this and make changes as needed or as requested by the public.

The Recreation Department has received several phone calls regarding Halloween.  Although we typically do not make decisions regarding this event, we will be sending out guidelines that our Government has released to ensure it runs safely in our community.  These guidelines will be attached to a poster stating, “Welcome Trick or Treaters” and those who wish to open their doors for visiting children may post it on their door or front window.  This will indicate to parents and children which homes and businesses are handing out treats.  We know that there are people whose health is at greater risk from the Covid 19 virus and we want to ensure that only those who feel safe handing out candy, do so.  Thank you in advance to the parents who discuss with their children why some homes may not be able to hand out candy this year.

The Kerrobert Legion is meeting on Thursday Oct. 8 to discuss the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony and how it may run this year.  Watch for more information on this important day.  Again, we encourage community members to visit the Cemetery and take note of the many red Maple Leafs that have been placed on the graves of those who have served our great Country.  Donations for the Maple Leafs will be accepted at the Town office.

The Kerrobert Handi Bus runs every Monday, Wednesday & Friday for regular pickups between 8:30am and 4:30 pm.  If you would like to utilize this service, please call the Handi Bus driver at (306) 834-7464.  Riders can purchase a book of 12 tickets for $60.00 either from the driver or at the Town Office.  If you pay per ride the cost is $6.00.  Please rest assured that the Handi Bus is operating with Covid procedures in place and we ask that riders please follow all safety guidelines that are posted on the bus.

Town staff will be doing a front yard pickup of bagged leaves on Oct. 13 & 14, and then again on 24 & 25.  We remind you that only CLEAR BAGS will be picked up in the FRONT YARDS.  Many, many thanks to the kind volunteers who have been raking leaves on Town property as a way to help our busy staff.  Thank you also to the Communities in Bloom and Chamber of Commerce members who continue to clean up the flower pots and to put out fall decorations for us all to enjoy.

A reminder that our local churches, both United and Catholic, are now both open to some capacity!  Be sure to call them or check out their Facebook pages for more information at Kerrobert United Church and Kerrobert Catholic Church.  A sincere thank you goes out to our local churches for their leadership during this pandemic; their messages of hope, their sermons, the Sunday bells and the many other ways they continue to serve our community has made this all the more bearable.

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving and may you all feel the love of family, friends or neighbors this weekend.  And for those unable to share this time with loved ones, may memories from the past and hope for the future bring you sunshine and happiness. 

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 - 834-5294 or 834-8292
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Kerrobert Handibus – 834-7464
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director