January 27th, 2021 Covid Update

January 27, 2021

Jan. 27, 2021

Week 46 of Covid & Week 6 of vaccine arrival to Saskatchewan – Today we celebrate Family Literacy Day in Canada.  This is a national awareness initiative that started in 1999 and has been held annually on Jan. 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy activities as a family.  The Kerrobert Library, with help from the West Central Literacy Committee, is holding a week long celebration by offering an outdoor activity of a Story Walk around the Courthouse.  The theme of this year is “Travel the World Together”.  Books can take us to new places when travel is not possible so stop by the Library to get a card or pick up a new book! 

This week on CTV News Saskatoon, Ryan Thaddeus and Shane Connery Volk (or Ryan and Shane Volk as we know them!) were interviewed regarding the new book, Short Stories from Saskatchewan.  Written by Ryan and illustrated by Shane, this book promises to have you thinking, entertained and pondering life.  Outstanding work by these local guys and we thank them for sharing their creative talents with us once again.

Current Covid 19 Guidelines
The Sask government extended the guidelines to Feb 19th.  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 10 skaters on the ice to a maximum of 30 people in the building at one time (10 skaters, 20 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.

We are hearing of Covid 19 cases rising in the West Central area.  We have been fortunate to date to have one of the lower case loads in the province but even though we are not to be travelling, Covid seems to eventually make its way around.  Please stay safe everyone and continue to practise the guidelines set out by our provincial government.  The news tells us that the vaccine will be given out in our area within the next week if shipments continue to arrive.  Help is on the way so hold on yet!

Arena and Curling Rink Closure Dates
This week, we are experiencing a few bumps with our ice plant which will not affect practises however, the curling club must respond quickly when there are problems as the rocks must all be moved off the ice before damage occurs.  This issue, coupled with the extended date for restrictions had the Curling Club decide last night to shut down their season.  We thank John and Darlene Gillies for continuing to maintain the ice in hopes that we could open to some degree and to the Club for all their work to set up the season during a pandemic.  Curling will be back next year!

There is no date set to close the arena.  We have seen more ice rentals booked this last week.  Kerrobert Minor Hockey will meet this week to discuss how long into the season they will allow their teams to practise.  They are our biggest user of the rink, so we will wait to hear from them on how long they intend to use the ice and make a decision from there.

Recreation Utilities
Each year we are looking for way to decrease our power and energy usage at our facilities as it comes as one of our highest expenses.  To give you an idea of that expense, I have included the 2020 numbers below.  Keep in mind that facilities may have stayed closed or if opened, they ran less hours than a usual year.
Skating rink – power - $51,400 and energy - $8,800
Curling rink – power is not broke out from the skating rink and energy - $11,900
Fairgrounds – power - $400
PCC – power - $2,600 and energy - $7300
Pool - $0
Parks - $400

Between these facilities we paid a total of $6750 in carbon tax in 2020.

Summer Student Job Opportunities and the Town of Kerrobert KCS Graduate Scholarship
Summer Student job opportunities for the Town of Kerrobert will be posted in February we will be hiring lifeguards and summer students.  A reminder that this is a great time of year for students to complete training and to get involved with volunteer opportunities to ensure their resume is the best it can be.  We remind Grade 11 and 12 KCS students that the guidelines for the new Town of Kerrobert Graduate Scholarship for KCS students is based on a large part of volunteer activities completed in Grade 11 and 12 with a purpose to “provide financial educational assistance to a KCS Graduate who has actively participated in making Kerrobert a better place to live”.   If your student is looking for info on training opportunities, ways to volunteer in our community or more information on this new Scholarship opportunity, 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.

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.

·       Free public skate runs Tuesdays and Fridays and on weekends.  Be sure to review the arena calendar as times can change.  The number of attendants is very low!

·       Courthouse Centennial Celebration and Rodeo 2021 – July 3-4, 2021

There is hope for better days ahead.  The cold won’t last forever and vaccines are on their way.  Keep yourselves mentally and physically healthy and watch out for others.  And please reach out 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