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February 24, 2021 Covid Update

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

Week 3 of Covid vaccine arrival to Kerrobert – Warmer weather has brough people back outside enjoying the sun.  The Kerrobert Library, in collaboration with RiversWest District, has posted a Story Walk at the Hillside Lodge for those who wish to read while they walk!  If you attend, be sure to wave at the residents who live inside, they are a friendly bunch of great people.  Thank you also to those families who used the Library fun kits over the February break to brighten the spirits of seniors with snow paint and sculptures.

Covid Testing in Kerrobert
There will be a Covid 19 testing clinic on Tuesday March 2 at the PCC from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (please note that this could change).  If you have concerns about testing, I will be the first to tell you that my recent test was much less unpleasant that I expected and I felt confident that even with my negative test, getting tested when I had minor symptoms, was the right thing to do.  I was also left with gratitude of how incredible each of the people who attended to me were.  I visited a drive through clinic and from those who helped to park me, those who signed me in, and the nurse who did the test, I was treated with respect and kindness and ushered through quickly and efficiently.

The Town of Kerrobert was contacted today about hosting vaccination clinics in Kerrobert in the coming months.  In consultation with the Sask Health Authority, I have no doubt that we can be confident that the vaccination clinics will run smoothly with these professionals in charge.  Be sure to watch for more information from the Sask Health Authority on when these clinics will be happening.  What a great province we live in😊

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.

·         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.

·         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.

Arena Closure Date
Our rinks official closing for 2021 is Feb. 28th.  We finished with 4 hockey practises this week with Wheatking teams in attendance.  Thank you to seasonal staff members Evan Biletsky and John and Darlene Gillies who worked with us throughout this difficult season.  And again, thank you to the families who trusted our staff to do what we could to keep the facility maintained to reduce Covid risks.  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. 

The Recreation Board will be discussing the re-opening date of the arena at their next meeting.  Re-opening is very dependent on use so we look forward to hearing from our regular users on when they hope to get started again next season.

Spring and Summer Student Job Opportunities
Resumes for these positions are due on Feb. 26, 2021.  There are also a number of training opportunities in February for those who are interested (First Aid & CPR, Water Safety Instructor, Bronze Courses and National Lifeguard Award).  Please call the Rec office for more information.  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.

Zamboni Replacement – 2021
It is apparent that our Zamboni is unlikely to see us through another hockey season making fundraising for a new Zamboni very important this spring.  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.

Prairieland Community Center
The main hall saw a partial paint this week and it has been freshened up for new rentals.  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.

Kerrobert Cultural Center/Courthouse
The hallway basement of our beautiful facility is getting a facelift with a paint job this week thanks to funding from the Kerrobert and District Historical Society.  They are working to improve this space that will be dedicated to the Museum Timeline, which we are hopeful will be ready to present to the public this summer.

Kerrobert Minor Ball
The Kerrobert Minor Ball committee has been meeting online to discuss the spring season.  If you are interested in registering your child for 2021 ball activities, please email kerrobertminorball@gmail.com.  You can also find the registration form on the Facebook page – Kerrobert Minor Ball.  Registration is due March 30 and there will be a fine for those who register late.  Please note, no money will be collected until the season is confirmed, they are just looking for confirmation of numbers at this time.  Please call Rachael for more information at 306-834-7186.

Committee Members needed
Kerrobert Swimming Pool – we are looking to build an advisory board to make decisions on the future of our pool.  We hope to have this board in place and hold a first meeting in April.  If you would be interested in joining, please contact the Recreation office.

Kerrobert Arena – there is currently no committee to help advise on important decisions for the arena.  If you would be interested in joining, please contact the Recreation office.

Kerrobert Housing Authority – is currently looking for two Board members.  This Board is responsible for operating and making decisions regarding the Hillside Lodge, Ruperts Court and Wheatfield Manor in Dodsland.  For more information, please call Jan at (306) 834-8301 or the Recreation office and we will put you in touch with the Board.

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.

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

·         Recreation Board Annual General Meeting – March 8, 6:30 at the PCC, please call the Rec office if you wish to attend.

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

The West Central Crisis Center will be once again holding weekly sessions in Kerrobert.  We urge you to contact them at the number below if you are in need of support during this trying time.  There are many ways to support your mental health and reaching out to a professional who can help guide you, can be a very important part of the process. 

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