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February 17th, 2021 Covid Update

February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

Feb. 17, 2021

Week 2 of Covid vaccine arrival to Kerrobert – It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week and there is no better time to spread some love, cheer and kindness as we could all use it right now.  The Kerrobert Library, with financial help from RiversWest District, provided 30 Winter Fun Kits for our community.  It included many fun ideas to stay active outside while suggesting ways to cheer up a senior in our community.   There are also many windows filling up with hearts to show appreciation to our health care workers and love to our neighbors and seniors.  And the Yukon walking trail (behind Yukon Ave) has filled with hearts and decorations to bring joy to those who walk it.  Thank you to everyone who is finding unique ways to brighten spirits.

Grants
Grants are always an important option for financial assistance, but and they begin with finding what will work for your home, your organization or business.  At this time of Covid, there are numerous grants available and there has never been a more important time to be informed of what is available to help.  This can be done by searching online (Sask Chamber of Commerce is a great resource at saskchamber.com), reading our local papers including the Press Herald or Your West Central Voice or the Chronicle, or contacting people who are in the know of grant opportunities and then finding one whose criteria matches your organization or business.  If you have an accountant, they will be knowledgeable of what federal or provincial grants can help struggling businesses or organizations.  Local contractors may be able to provide information on grants for home renovations or energy efficiency upgrades.  The Recreation office has grant information that can assist specific cultural or recreational programs or projects.  Grants open and close regularly and they continue to evolve so it remains important to keep yourself informed of what can assist you during this difficult time. 

Current Covid 19 Guidelines
The Sask government has extended the guidelines to March 19th:

·       Masks and social distancing 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 remains available for rent.

·       One family at a time is welcome in the Library to browse for books.  A comfortable waiting room is available in case it is busy!  Curbside pickup remains available for those who do not wish to come into the building.

·       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.

Spring and Summer Job Opportunities
All 2020 spring and summer student applicants have been contacted as a reminder that resumes are due on Feb. 26, 2021 and that there are a number of training opportunities in February for those who are interested (First Aid & CPR, Water Safety Instructor, Bronze Courses and National Lifeguard Award).  Job applications for all open positions and we encourage students to apply now for spring and summer jobs with the Town of Kerrobert.  Advertisements for these positions can be found in the Chronicle.

Did you know that the National Lifeguard Award also provides high school students with a Grade 12 credit?  Please contact the Rec Department or your Principal for more information.

Future of the Kerrobert Pool

The Recreation Board has already set the opening and closing dates for the Kerrobert Swimming Pool for the 2021 season.  Contact has been made with Kerrobert Composite School on whether or not there will be a possibility for June swimming lessons for KCS students.  Former guards have been contacted regarding their return and as of todays date we have five guards who have expressed interest to return.  The future is bright for 2021!  However, despite previous attempts to build a committee to help make decisions about our pool, there has been no interest.  With our aging facility need to make future decisions now.  Please consider this an invitation to join an advisory committee to voice your opinion on the pool and to help provide direction for it’s future.

Zamboni Replacement – 2021
The Recreation Board is working to determine a rate for sponsorship for the new Zamboni by contacting Rec Directors throughout the province.  Zamboni advertising will be offered in a variety of sizes including full coverage of the machine.   If you or your company is interested in supporting this important project, please contact the Recreation Department.

Arena Closure Date
It has been determined that the rink will close on Feb. 28, a month earlier than usual.  We bid farewell last week to the Kerrobert Minor Hockey teams who finished practising on Feb. 12.  Thank you to the families who trusted our staff to do what we could to keep the facility maintained in a way to reduce Covid exposure.  Free Public Skate and AA team practises will continue to Feb. 28.  There is plenty of open ice for rental for those who wish to rent the ice.  The natural ice is holding well and has remained safe for use. 

Prairieland Community Center
Due to the hall being painted this week, Walk this Way will be cancelled and will restart on Feb. 23.  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.

A few reminders:

·       Remember to check ice depth at the Reservoir before use.

·       Our Handibus operates on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays by calling 834-7464.

·       The Library is open Tuesday 1:00 – 8:00, Weds. 2:00 – 6:00, Thurs. 9:00 – 12:00 and Fri. 9:00 – 1:00. 

·       Courtroom Gallery remains open during the office open hours of 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30.

·       Free public skate will run all week at the arena.  Check out the Town of Kerrobert webpage under Recreation and then Arena calendar to view the times.

·       Kerrobert History books are on sale for $20 from the Town office.

·       Recreation Board Annual General Meeting – March 8, 6:30 at the PCC

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

 

Stay safe, move your body, eat well and complete a Random Act of Kindness this week! And reach out if you need help…

Sask Health Line – 811
211 Saskatchewan – 211 (24 hour, free, confidential service to help connect to mental health services)
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