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Weekly Covid Update

December 09, 2020

Weekly Covid Update:

Dec. 9, 2020

Week 39 – Its been a great week to read so very many local Christmas Cheer stories.  Everyone is doing what they can to brighten the spirits of those around them.  Thanks to everyone for their extra efforts. 

Town of Kerrobert Team
We welcome Staci Hall to our team!  She is training to help out in the Town office as clerical staff when needed.  She is a welcome addition and another friendly face and voice to greet you when you call or visit our office.  We bid farewell to Trayzee Germann who has found full time employment.  Trayzee has worked with us for the last few years, we will miss her smiling face and great work ethic.  Evan Biletski will be taking over her duties at the Courthouse and we thank him for all his expertise.

Town staff have adjusted to the reduced hours of hockey and the lack of snowfall in the last week by taking on other important duties.  The old barn is getting a once over with a major deep clean of all areas including glass, stands and the building throughout.  All equipment is being maintained and we will be ready for the next major snowfall and ready for when hockey is back.

The cancellation of curling meant the Curling Club was only able to have one night of Mens Curling however, John and Darlene Gillies continue to maintain the ice so it is ready when we are.

Recent Covid Updates
This week has been quiet in terms of Recreation updates regarding Covid.  No new restrictions have been announced beyond what we know is in place to Dec. 17.  The recent announcement that Saskatchewan is ready to receive and deliver vaccinations will be welcome news to so many people and provide much needed hope to an end of this difficult way of living.

Reservations at our PCC for banquets, conferences, meetings, wedding and funerals will be limited to 30 people and no food or beverages are to be present or to be served.  More information can be found on the Sask Government website in the Sask Re-Open Plan and all those wanting to book events or doing a rental must ensure that they review this document.

Programming
We are currently open to Public Skate up to 5 hours a week, although the rink has been quiet.  Instead we are seeing MANY kids out playing street hockey in small groups and people out enjoying the newly plowed walking trails while the weather is warm.  Minor Hockey teams continue to practise in groups of 8.  We remind parents that only one parent should attend and kids should arrive dressed in their equipment.   All adult programming on the ice is currently not happening.  We are open for rentals at the Arena and the schedule continues to fill up.  Anyone attending the rink is required to wear a mask, off and on the ice.  As well, social distancing must be maintained at all times.

The Walk this Way group continues to operate allowing for up to 8 walkers every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 – 11:00 with full masking and social distancing measures in place.

The Kerrobert Library remains open for curbside pickups and walk ins of one family at a time.  Please do not hesitate to call the Library to request more information.

Kerrobert History Books and Kerrobert Museum
Kerrobert History books are on sale for $20 from the Town office and always make a unique gift idea!  We continue to sell several books a year and all money raised goes to the Kerrobert Museum.

Handibus
Our Handibus continues to operate on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and all safety precautions are in place.  If you are looking for a unique gift for a loved one, books for $60.00 can be purchased from the Town office to be used throughout the year.  Daily rides remain at $6/trip.

Christmas Cheer Story - Food Bank
KCS student, Evan Neumeier, heard that Food Bank items were running low and he wanted to help out.  He has organized a food drive at KCS and will gather and deliver all the food received from the school.  The Kerrobert Credit Union and the Town office are also receiving food bank donations.  Evan tells us that they are in need of canned meat, laundry soap, toilet paper, Kleenex, crackers, noodles, hand soap and cereal.  Evan’s Food Drive will end on Dec. 15.  Nicely done Evan😊

Christmas Cheer Story - Seniors Secret Santa Tree
A few of our local women saw a great idea happening in other communities to bring cheer to Seniors, our most isolated community members.  They have partnered with staff from Kerrobert Long Term Care, Kerrobert Hillside Lodge and Kerrobert Pioneer Haven and decorated a tree with small gift ideas for residents in these locations.  People are encouraged to pick a gift tag off the tree this week or at the Festival of Trees on Sat. Dec. 12, then shop local and bring a smile to a local seniors face this Christmas.  Gifts can be returned to D’Lux Archery and Hardware by Dec. 19.  Thank you to everyone involved!

Kerrobert Wildlife Federation.
The Wildlife Committee is sadly postponing the Annual Wildlife Supper and Awards at this time with a hope to hold it later in 2021 as it is their only fundraiser which helps keep our Reservoir running for all to enjoy.  There also will be no Horn Scoring night but if you would like horns or antlers measured, please call Calvin Kohlman at 834-8096 or Rob at 834-5078 or 834-7445.

The Wildlife Committee is also reminding everyone that ice depth at the Reservoir MUST be checked if they have intentions to ice fish or go on the ice for any reason.  The aeration in the fish pond create areas of uncertain ice depth and caution MUST be taken.

Festival of Trees
The Courthouse Restoration Society has done outstanding work to prepare the Courthouse with Christmas trees and Christmas decorating.  They are opening from 1:00 – 4:00 on Saturday Dec. 12 and allowing small groups through to view the beautifully decorated trees but it will also be open during the open hours of the Town office until mid January (Monday to Friday 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30).  The Library will be open for “Take and Make” crafts and Santa treat bags, as well that day.  The committee encourages everyone to turn on their lights that evening and every evening forward so families can enjoy a “Sparkle Tour”.  Be sure to check out the beautiful light display happening at the Courthouse!  The Festival of Trees is the main fundraiser of the Courthouse Restoration Society and any donations will be gratefully accepted.

Memory Tree
The Annual Kerrobert Memory Tree will be on display at the Courthouse.  This tree allows community members to remember those who have passed by placing the name of a loved one on the tree.  Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are missing someone special from their lives and this allows us all to remember and grieve the people that have passed from our community.  Donations, although not required, are welcome and will go towards projects at the Kerrobert Cemetery.  If you would like a name placed but are unable or uncomfortable attending, please call or text the Rec Office at 834-8355 and we would be happy to put your loved ones name on an angel and place it on the tree.

Mark your calendars :
Festival of Trees – Dec. 12
Christmas Makers Market at the PCC – Dec. 12
Courthouse Centennial Celebration – July 3-4, 2021

I have been following Dr. Hassan Masri (MD) from Saskatoon on Facebook, and have found him to share informative, entertaining and intelligent information during Covid.  Today (Dec. 9), he posted something I want to share, “I am full of joy to hear that we are now entering a point of this fight against Covid-19 where the upper hand is going to be with us.  The vaccine is coming and it is coming fast and before you know it, we will have better days.  What a day to remember.  December 9th, 2020 you are a beautiful day and I will always remember you.  Please remember that we must continue to social distance for now, mask for now and clean our hands.  Celebrating now is like celebrating a hockey game with 8 minutes left in the game.  You still need to win the last 8 minutes.”  Stay well everyone and stay connected, we can make it through the last 8 minutes for the win.

 

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