Weekly Covid Update
December 15, 2020
Dec. 16, 2020
Week 40 of Covid and Day 1 of Vaccine arrival to Saskatchewan – By now many of you have likely heard the new announcements regarding safety guidelines that are to be in place until Jan 15. The hardest news to hear was that private, indoor gatherings will be limited to immediate household members only, while single individuals are permitted to meet with one consistent household of less than 5 people. I know from phone calls and emails that yesterdays news was tough but I was again so lifted by the responses. Despite the sadness of Christmas not being what we are used to, people were resigned to doing what they need to do to keep our most vulnerable safe. And again, I saw and heard ideas and ways to make Christmas memorable in a new way. And thankfully we know there is an end in sight.
Recent Covid Updates
There was little change to recreation covid guidelines except that we now know that all restrictions are in place to Jan. 15. Here is a quick run down of what we will continue to follow :
· Masks and social distancing must be must be maintained in all facilities and public spaces regardless of the activities (hockey practises, public skate, Walk this Way)
· 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 and all guest must be seated for the duration.
· Walk this Way program is currently allowing 8 people to be in the building at one time.
· Hockey training/practises for kids 18 and under is permitted to continue with a maximum of 8 kids on the ice at one time.
· Public Skate is currently allowing 15 skaters on the ice at one time to a maximum of 30 people in the building at one time (15 skaters, 15 spectators/parents). Shinny is not permitted due to the unlikeliness of social distancing being maintained.
· The skating ice is available for rent for a maximum of 15 skaters providing no sticks or pucks are used and social distancing is maintained at all times.
· (New) People may meet and greet outdoors with up to 10 people only, if physical distancing between households can be maintained.
Although as of todays date, the Central West area remains one of the lowest caseloads of Covid in the province, we know it is here and it is having a major effect on our neighbors. News today that there are cases in the Wilkie Long Term care home is heartbreaking and we will keep them in our thoughts and remain vigilant in doing what we can to keep our seniors safe in our area.
The Library remains open and it continues to provide us with an opportunity to travel without having to leave our home by simply reading a good book. The Library Board and staff have worked to provide a safe experience for patrons by allowing for curbside pickup of books and crafts or by coming to browse the shelves one family at a time. You are not required to make an appointment but you may be required to wait a few minutes if another family is inside. Increased cleaning measures will ensure that if you stop in, you can be safe by providing you wear a mask and social distance from staff.
Grants are a great by way to increase opportunities in our community. Most grants are geared towards programming but we were pleased that the Sask Government reinstalled the CRAG grant (Community Rink Affordability Grant) allowing for $2500 for each indoor ice surface in a community. These funds may be used to a number of expenses including wages, utilities and capital projects. We look forward to approval of those funds in the next 6 to 8 weeks.
In 2020 the Town of Kerrobert Recreation Department applied and was approved for $36,333 in grants which provided a number of opportunities including employment for summer students, summer and winter activities for our residents, sport registration funding for families in need, and a new and decorated space for Library programming and counselling services. The MEEP grant (Municipal Economic Enhancement Program) was made available to every community in the province of Sask and Kerrobert received $147,462.00 of which the pool basin was repaired, heaters were installed in the arena and Diamond #3 will have a new fence and shale spread in spring of 2021.
Christmas Cheer Story
The Courthouse Restoration Society worked tirelessly for weeks to put on an amazing show at the Cultural Center (Courthouse) beginning Dec. 12 and it was enjoyed by many! Every evening the Courtyard lights will be on and residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy these and the lights on many homes who went above and beyond to brighten spirits this Christmas season. The trees inside can be enjoyed during the open hours of the Town office (Monday to Friday 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30). The Courthouse Restoration Society has made it their goal to ensure this building will be maintained for years to come and they are faced with many improvements that need to be made. In 2021 they have intentions to fix the front stairs and replace the failing eaves. Any donations to this committee will be put towards these projects.
Mark your calendars:
Courthouse Centennial Celebration and Rodeo 2021 – July 3-4, 2021
A few reminders:
· Ice depth at the Reservoir MUST be checked if you have intentions go on the ice for any reason.
· If you are a hunter and would like horns or antlers measured, please call Calvin Kohlman at 834-8096 or Rob at 834-5078 or 834-7445.
· Our Handibus continues to operate on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays by calling 834-7464.
· Kerrobert History books are on sale for $20 from the Town office.
With a few holidays coming up of my own and of the Chronicle, I will not be submitting an article next week. I want to thank everyone who has called or taken the time to show appreciation for this little write up each week. It has been a great way for me to reflect on what has been happening each week and also a way to confirm that we are indeed moving forward towards better days.
I will leave you with, what I consider, the Christmas song of 2020. It was written back in 1943 and embraced by troops and families living through WWII.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away
Once again as in olden days, happy golden days of yore
Faithfull friends who are dear to us, will be near to us, once more
Someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas, now.
Keep muddling! And please reach out if you are in need of extra help. We can make it through this together😊
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