February 3, 2021 Covid Update

February 03, 2021

Feb. 3, 2021

Week 47 of Covid & Week 7 of vaccine arrival to Saskatchewan – A break in the weather saw people out enjoying the sparkling snow and sunshine.  The walking trails were full at the Fairgrounds, behind Yukon and at the Reservoir, the hill at the Reservoir saw lots of kids and families on toboggans, and there were people out with snowshoes.  Many families came out to enjoy the Story Walk that the Kerrobert Library had placed around the Courthouse grounds with at least 27 children participating.  It’s been great seeing people out when they can be.

Arena Closure Dates
Last week we experienced a minor issue with the ice plant that was repaired within a couple of days.  While BERG was here servicing our plant, we received news that Kerrobert Minor Hockey had decided that team practises would not extend beyond Feb. 12.  This fast tracked a difficult decision to turn off the ice plant and operate with natural ice.  This will result in significant savings on power while still keeping playable ice.  Our competent staff continue to keep the ice safe for use and rentals are currently booked for several weeks yet.  We have been in contact with all of our user groups and thank them for supporting this decision.  There is no set date to take out the ice but it will be discussed at the Feb. 8th and Feb. 10th Rec Board and Council meetings.

2021 Major Projects
We currently have two major projects planned for 2021.  Diamond #3 at the Fairgrounds will have a new fence installed and a full layer of shale placed on the playing field thanks to the MEEP grant.  And following much discussion and tracking of the rising maintenance costs, we have decided to start raising funds for a new/used Zamboni.  We ambitiously would like to make this purchase by June 2021.  Watch for more information on how you can support this project.

Kerrobert Library
The Kerrobert Library has been offering a number of safe activities and that will continue into February thanks to a grant from the RiversWest District.  Watch for information on two more Story Walks, and two take home kits to help families stay active and enjoy some outdoor fun.

Kerrobert Museum and Courtroom Gallery
The Courtroom Gallery is currently showcasing the Plenty Artistry Club and their show titled, “Creative Celebration”.  Stop in to enjoy this amazing display of artwork and creativity.  It will be on display until Feb. 28.  The Kerrobert Museum remains open upstairs, including our office space, which has seen many people researching local and family histories.  The Kerrobert and District Historical Society and the Town of Kerrobert has taken on a major project of having the Courthouse basement hallway walls repaired and painted to help prepare for the Kerrobert Timeline which they hope to complete by summer 2021.  Copies of the timeline have been circulating for review.  If you would like to review a copy, please call the Rec Office.

Prairieland Community Center
The PCC Committee has made the decision to complete painting in the main hall while the facility is quiet.  We will be in touch with the Walk this Way group on an expected date as the project will take 3 to 4 days to complete.  The hall remains opens for rentals of small groups and we continue to host a variety of meeting events in the hall along with Walk this Way.

Summer Student Job Opportunities and the Town of Kerrobert KCS Graduate Scholarship
Summer Student job opportunities for the Town of Kerrobert are now posted and will close on Feb. 26, 2021.  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.

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.

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

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

I recently enjoyed an article from The Star about Toronto doctor and front line worker, Dr. Shady Ashamalla.  He recently volunteered to share stories with a group of young athletes and shared the following words for advice on how to make it through the pandemic, “Find the hero inside you.  It’s there.  I had no idea I was capable of things I had to do.  This time is forcing us to find our inner hero to save ourselves and save our society.  So find your inner hero.  Look for it.  Its there.  I know it’s there.  Because I found that little piece of me that I didn’t know existed.”  Stay well!

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