January 20th, 2021 Covid Update

January 20, 2021

Jan 20, 2021

Week 45 of Covid and Week 5 of vaccine arrival to Sask – The recent wild weather brought some excitement to a quiet month.  There are reports of many of our residents who were stranded on the road during last weeks storm as it quickly blew up out of nowhere right at the time everyone was trying to get home from work.  Thanks to help from local individuals and businesses who responded with equipment and tow ropes and emergency services who responded to a number of vehicles in ditches, everyone was able to get home safely.  Thank you to those who respond without question to those in need. 

Current Covid 19 Guidelines
The Sask government extended the guidelines to Jan. 29th.  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 at one time.

·       Hockey training/practises for kids 18 and under, continue with a maximum of 8 kids on the ice.

·       Public Skate will allow 15 skaters on the ice to a maximum of 30 people in the building at one time (15 skaters, 15 spectators/parents).  Shinny is not permitted.

·       The skating ice is available for rent for a maximum of 10 skaters.

·       People may meet and greet outdoors with up to 10 people if physical distancing between households can be maintained.  Outdoor rinks allow for 30 people if social distancing is maintained and toboggan hills are open to unlimited numbers providing the hill is large enough for social distancing.

·       Mens Night at the Curling Rink remains on hold.

Recreation Board Meeting
The Recreation Board met on Jan. 18th at the PCC for our regular meeting.  With near full attendance we fired through a full agenda as we passed the first draft of the 2021 budget and discussed the opening and closing of the Rec facilities for 2021.  This was a difficult budget to complete as we can’t count on our previous years numbers and we are guessing as to what extent we can resume activities in 2021.  The opening and closing dates of the facilities has a major impact on our budget.  For example, opening the rink 2 weeks early in September for few rentals can be very costly when the weather is warm; or leaving the pool open the first week of September greatly increases what we spend on staff wages when there is little use.  Then timing must be considered as overtime for staff is likely when we are opening the rink and closing the pool at the same time or closing the rink and opening the Fairgrounds at the same time.

The big discussion at this meeting was when the arena ice plant should be turned off.  On a typical year, our community has committed to keeping the rink open to March 31 of each year.  However, this year, without playoffs, we may need to decide on a date as use of the rink continues to drop.  The Tigers have ended their season and although the Rage team has not given up hope for a mini season in March, time will tell if that is allowed.  Kerrobert Minor Hockey teams and the AA Wheatking teams continue to practise during the week and sometimes on the weekends.  Kerrobert Minor Hockey Executive has spoke with their coaches and managers and they will be making a decision as to how long they will allow their teams to practise based on the interest levels of the kids.  The Kerrobert Curling Club will continue to maintain the ice so long as they are able with hopes that they can return to curling before the ice plant is turned off.  A tentative closure date will be discussed at our next Rec Board meeting on Feb. 8th.

Summer Student Job Opportunities
Summer Student job opportunities for the Town of Kerrobert will be posted in February we will be hiring lifeguards and summer students.  Job opportunities with the Sask Government and the Federal Government are already posted and closing in some cases.  Be sure to keep an eye on our local papers and on the Chronicle for other jobs that will come up in the area.  A reminder that this is a great time of year for students to plan for training and to get involved with volunteer opportunities to ensure their resume is the best it can be.  If your student is looking for info on training opportunities or ways to volunteer in our community, please call the Rec Office.  We aim to help our youth find valuable employment and volunteering opportunities.

The Kerrobert KidSport committee is currently looking for donations as the provincial allocation will not support our community needs in 2021.  If you wanting to donate, please call the Rec Office.

Kerrobert Library
Jan 27 is Family Literacy Day and the theme is “Travel the World Together”.  The Kerrobert Library has teamed up with the West Central Literacy Committee to provide a story walk during the week celebrating Family Literacy Day.   Stop in at the Library to pick up a fun kit and learn how to enter for more prizes.  We also received a $1000 grant from the RiversWest District to provide programming opportunities for our youth to stay active this winter while learning through literacy and connecting with seniors!   Librarian Gerri Walz will be sharing more information on some great outdoor winter activities that will be happening in February.  Be sure to like the Kerrobert Library Facebook page to stay up to date on everything that is going on at our Library.

Mark your calendars :
Free public skate runs Tuesdays and Fridays and on weekends.  Be sure to review the arena calendar as times can change.
Covid Testing Clinic in Kerrobert – Jan 26
Family Literacy Day – Jan 27
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. The recent warmer weather can create unsafe conditions.

·       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.

I would like to make mention of Gordon Meyer who passed away this week.  Gordon interviewed me for this position in April of 2015.  He was part of the Rec Board and then became Chairman for the past few years.  He was an incredible mentor to me, checking in often to offer support or guidance as needed.  He was a huge supporter of all of our recreation facilities and it was always a pleasure to visit with him while he and Janice were volunteering at the curling rink or seeing him swimming with his grandsons at our pool.  Thanks to Gordon, our meetings became more streamlined and efficient and often entertaining, and he helped our department to build a strong framework so that we could continue to move forward.  He will be greatly missed on our Board and in our community.  I am honored to have worked with him and I am so fortunate to have learned from him.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations in Gordon’s memory can be made at the Town office for Kerrobert Swimming Pool – future projects.

Please keep these numbers near if you or someone you know is in need of professional help.

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