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March 10th, 2021 Covid Update

March 10, 2021

March 10th, 2021

I attended a lovely virtual meeting this week for members of Communities in Bloom from across Canada.  They have a new initiative: Hope is Growing.  “Across Canada and beyond, our goal is to see the land awash with gardens featuring YELLOW, the international colour of hope.  This spring of 2021, anyone and everyone, including municipalities, organizations, schools, churches, colleges, universities, clubs, businesses and individuals can participate by planting a Hope Garden.”  Check out the Hope is Growing site for more information and start planning for a hopeful and colorful spring!

Covid Updates
Premier Scott Moe and Dr. Shahab held a conference yesterday and there were some updates to celebrate. Effective March 9 individual households may create a bubble up to a maximum of ten individuals in a home at any one time.  And effective March 19 worship services will be permitted up to 30% of occupation or 150 attendees, whichever is lesser.  This will come as welcome news for many!  The Town of Kerrobert is currently working with the Sask Health Authority on dates that vaccination clinics will be held in Kerrobert at the PCC.  We will share more information when it is available to us.  Current guidelines we continue to follow :

·         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.

Arena News
The Recreation Board is recommending an opening date of the arena for the 2020-2021 season for Sept. 17.  This is the same opening weekend of 2020 and provides us with a number of benefits.  Ice making takes approximately two weeks and is eased when we aren’t battling the hot weather in August.  By pushing the opening date back by two weeks we also reduce staff overtime as we are closing the pool at this same time.

Our major project for 2021 will be to purchase another Zamboni.  We spent $12,000 in repairs and maintenance to our Zamboni in 2020, which is $6000 over our budget.  We feel confident that this is the time to commit to this major purchase.  A used Zamboni can cost around $60,000 and a new Zamboni can cost around $120,000.  The decision to purchase a new or used Zamboni will need to be made by June 2021 to ensure enough time for purchase and delivery by August.  If you or your company is interested in supporting this important project, please contact the Recreation Department.

Spring and Summer Student Jobs
We thank all those who applied for summer jobs with the Town of Kerrobert.  Applications are now closed and we will be contacting everyone this month.  The Recreation Board is proud to offer valuable employment to the youth of our community with a focus on building future leaders.

Town of Kerrobert Recreation Board and Committees
The Kerrobert Recreation Board held their annual meeting and we are looking forward to a great year with new members who are dedicated to ensuring a strong future for recreation in our community.  This board is responsible for managing and operating the Memorial Arena, the Kerrobert Swimming Pool, the Fairgrounds, our Parks, the Prairieland Community Center and town operated programs.  We are to advise Council on projects to improve or extend the facilities; to advise on need of new facilities and programs; and to work within our budget.  We are tasked with working with the following committees: Arena committee, PCC committee, Pool and Park committee, Curling Club and Fairground Committee as well as to assist with other committees as needed.  These committees are so important to our community.  They provide an opportunity for members to: voice their opinions and have a say in decisions that affect a particular facility; learn and work with like minded people; to build a greater knowledge and understanding of recreation finances and operations; and to serve and better our community.   Thank you to everyone who takes an active role by sitting various committees in our community.  We continue to look for individuals to join the Kerrobert Swimming Pool and Kerrobert Arena committee to ensure a future of these facilities.  Please call the Recreation office if you are interested in joining.

Hillside Lodge Information
The Kerrobert Housing Authority currently has vacancies in Hillside Lodge for people ages 55+.  They also continue to look for one Board member.  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.

A few reminders:

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

·         Courtroom Gallery is 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.

·         West Central Crisis Center is in Kerrobert every Weds.  Call (306) 463-6655 to book in.

·         March 9 – 14 - Kerrobert Library is hosting a Story Walk at the Courthouse.

·         March 11 – Library Annual General meeting

·         March 16 – Fairground committee meeting.  New members welcome – contact the Rec office.

·         March 18 – PCC committee meeting.  New members welcome – contact the Rec office.

·         March 23 – Communities in Bloom meeting.  New members welcome – contact the Rec office.

·         March 30 - Minor Ball registration is due.  Call Rachael for more information at 306-834-7186.

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

This week International Women’s Day was celebrated and it encourages us to take a moment to consider those women who have made a difference in our lives.  I have been blessed in this position to work with so many women who have inspired me through their words, their strength, their dedication to their jobs and their passion to serve and better this community.  90+ years ago my great grandmother was dismissed from her job in this building because of her new marriage; at that time married women were discouraged (or not allowed) to work outside the home.  She went on to serve the community for the rest of her life in many other ways.  May we remember the women who worked for change and celebrate those who continue to inspire us. 

Be kind to yourself and others and reach out for extra help if you need it.

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