COVID-19 grad parade may have created a new tradition

Unity News


With Sask. reopening plans continuing and being implemented, how are you coping? Knowing eventually things had to return to the new normal, one always wonders how further reopening measures will affect the potential spread of COVID-19 in our province. Hope, perseverance and optimism is the best we can do at this time.

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People are still talking about the graduation parade that was held June 26. As much as the graduates needed to be celebrated in this extraordinary year, the community needed something to celebrate, too. Seniors' centres hung large signs, and parade viewers held signs, dressed in school colours and cheered loudly as graduates passed by. It was great therapy for everyone. Thank you to everyone who supported these graduates. My son, who was one of these UCHS grads, said he felt like a rock star.

Jason Heit captured two of three Saskatchewan Book awards that he was nominated for. Checkout his story in our local paper, the Press-Herald.

In spite of government giving the go ahead for swimming pools to open, council decided they could not meet the requirements to open our pool for the summer. The time it would take to prepare for opening, the staffing, the protocols and the additional cleaning were cited as some of the reasons. It would not have been cost effective to take on all of this work for a much shortened season.

Ball, in some forms is back on the diamonds. There aren’t as many teams as a normal season and games may still be in limbo, but from the smiles on the players and coaches, none of that matters.

The Unity Cardinals senior and U18 teams will be playing in the revised NSRBL season that has started. Check out the league’s website for details.

The town has installed a mobile air quality station that is set up near the pool. Reports from their findings will be released to residents in the near future.

Some churches are back hosting in-house worship services while others will resume later this summer. There are still online options to take in as well. The Unity United Church appreciates those who donated to their bottle drive. These efforts combined with dozens of generous donations have enabled them to fully pay for a new tin roof on the building, with construction now underway. They thank the numerous volunteers who collected, sorted and delivered to Sarcan, and they add, we really do live in a great community. Out of this bottle drive, the Unity chapter of Eastern Star was also able to collect more than four gallons of tabs for their charity drive to benefit Saskatchewan hospitals.

Even though we can now travel a little more freely, please remember your local businesses for your shopping needs. Some of them are just now reopening and would appreciate the same support of our residents as they have given in support in their years in our business community.

Thank you to everyone who supported the food bank fundraiser, with help of the generous donation of a smoker/barbecue from Heitt's Plumbing and Heating. While Neil Wood won the draw, the real winners were the Unity food bank, who gained $6,905 from this initiative.

Here’s hoping this finds you all safe, healthy and socially distanced. Until next week ...



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