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November 18, 2020 Covid Update

November 18, 2020

Nov. 18, 2020

Week 36 – Mr. Rogers is known for spreading much love in the world and if you haven’t had a chance to see the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, I would highly recommend it.  It gives great insight into the good he did but also the pressure felt by those who take on the responsibility of caring for others.  He is known for a famous quote "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world." Immediately following the announcement of a jump in Covid cases yesterday including in our area, we saw locals responding with ways to help.  Many businesses and individuals went immediately to work putting new ideas in place and sending out words of comfort to ease the stress.  We have great helpers right here in Kerrobert and our surrounding area, look for them.

Recent Covid Updates

On Nov. 17, the Saskatchewan Government made a number of new announcements regarding restrictions that will effect the people of our community, these include :

All resident must wear non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces province-wide : this indicates that in an public facility in Kerrobert a mask must now be worn.  For the Recreation facilities includes visiting and working in the Town Office, the Library, the Curling Rink, the PCC for Walk this Way or other public events. 

Visitation to all long-term care facilities and personal care homes will be suspended, with the exception of compassionate reasons: our hearts go out to those who work and live in these homes.  I hope that we can continue to see our community reach out in unique ways to ensure that the staff are supported and the residents remain connected to loved ones and friends in the community.

Indoor private gathering sizes are being reduces to a maximum of five and gatherings of any size beyond your immediate household are strongly discouraged at this time: this number is for private homes.  If you are attending a hockey game, a curling event, Walk this Way, a business, restaurant etc. the number will be different based on the size of the facility and the ability to socially distance.  Read the signs to know.  And of course, at all times, people must take into consideration their personal circumstances and make decisions that work for ourselves and for our families.

It is strongly recommended that you work from home if possible : the Town of Kerrobert is making efforts to allow staff to work from home if able and for those who are not, we continue to work with staff to ensure that Covid 19 safety precautions are followed which includes providing masks, social distancing and keeping work spaces clean.  We ask that the public do what they can to distance themselves from our staff as much as possible and instead contact them by phone or through email.  Our staff is responsible for our clean drinking water and for keeping our emergency exits open.  We need those who are not able to work from home and those who provide important services; to remain healthy.

These restrictions are in place for four weeks.  We are expecting more restrictions to be put in place later this week in regards to sporting events and will update the community when they come in. 

Snow Removal

Snow removal continues in Kerrobert and efforts to streamline and review our process for next time have been happening.  Priority streets are as follows and done in order: 1. Pacific Avenue and connector streets 2. Hospital street – 100 block of Manitoba 3. Fire Hall 4. School Route 5. RCMP 6. Pioneer Haven 7. Hillside Manor 8. Atlantic Avenue and connector streets 9. Railway Ave 10. Back alleys to businesses 11. Residential Areas 12. Arena/Curling Rink/ PCC Parking Lots 13. Airport 14. Residential Back Alleys.  There are many businesses and individuals who also offer snow plowing services and residents are encouraged to reach out if they are in urgent need of snow removal.

Food Bank

The Kerrobert and District Food Bank will be giving out their Christmas Food Hampers Friday Dec. 18.  If you are in need of hamper this year call Carol at 834-2376 by Friday Dec. 4.  Please leave a message.

Live Barn

Information from Live Barn was well received by the Recreation Board and Council and they would like to proceed.  This will place cameras in the rink for games and practises and those who subscribe to LiveBarn will be able to view games.  This week there has been much chatter around the province about this set up with a few concerns raised.  Further checking will be done but assuming we iron out the kinks, we will plan to move ahead with an install which they tell us will take one month.  We hope to have it in place for the new year.

Local Business Support

There has never been a better time to commit to shopping local and supporting our local businesses.  So many are offering take out and delivery options and other unique ways to get their word out which will allow them to keep their businesses running during this difficult time.  We encourage local businesses to contact the Town office if they would like their information shared, which may include new restrictions, changing hours etc,   We can be reached at 834-2361 or through email at kerrobert.wo@sasktel.net.

Museum Timeline Project

The Museum committee has started their work on cleaning out storage areas in the Courthouse basement which will allow future repairs to be made on this historic building.  These items are not part of our collection but instead items that have remained in storage for over 10 years.  Watch the Kerrobert Culture and Recreation Facebook page for free items. 

The Town office is receiving a higher than normal amount of calls and visits requesting information about family’s who have resided in our community in the past.  Most recently we had descendants from the Ahrens family visit from Ontario.  The grandson and his wife were so happy to see photos from their grandfathers business which ran here in the 1920’s. 

The Museum recently received a book of information about our Founding Families written by Walt Herity that will help us to share even more information with those who are searching.  This amazing resource will also assist the Museum Committee with the Timeline Project.  The committee intends to share this and more information in the Chronicle each week and we encourage community member to help us edit and fill in gaps of information that may have been missed.  Watch for more information!

Curling in Kerrobert

The Curling Club has installed the ice and they are ready to begin Men’s Night Curling next Tuesday Nov. 24.  There are currently 8 to 9 teams registered with many safety measures in place to ensure that those participating are safe. 

As of today, the Curling Rink Double Take Out Lounge will be opening this weekend with the Kinsmen running the bar.  If you are interested in working the Curling Rink Bar for Rage or Tiger games, please contact the Rec Office at 834-2344.

If further restrictions are put in place prior to the Lounge opening or Men’s Night starting, the public will be notified.

Mark your calendar
Flu Clinic – Nov. 25
Christmas Makers Market – Dec. 12
Festival of Trees – Dec. 12
Courthouse Centennial Celebration – July 3-4, 2021

Below is a small list of “helpers”.  Reach out to them if you need to.  Take care everyone, this too shall pass!

 

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