When it is hard to remember what day it is or how much time has passed since the pandemic plagued the world, here we are sitting at the start of June already.

I want to offer congratulations to my in-laws who are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary this weekend. Wishing you both much health and happiness and we hope to be able to get together again soon.

We are thankful for timely rains. May 20 we received just over 7/10ths while May 26 another half an inch fell. Let’s hope this regular trend continues.

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Unity has welcomed an ice cream bike making its way around town this summer. What a great addition to town. Watch, or listen, for it in a neighboùrhood near you.

Golfers continue to enjoy the Unity Golf Club as well as it’s been reported that people are trying golf for a first time. A memorial has now been erected to longtime Unity golf club supporter and executive member, Bob Burns.

In a month that is normally full of field trips, track and field meets and outdoor fun, students remain safely learning from home. UCHS Grade 7 orientation night is being done virtually, as is the annual UCHS awards night being held tonight. For the first time in the history of UCHS, graduates will not be in a large gathering of classmates, friends and family in the gym, but rather recognized during a virtual graduation June 26.

Ball season is still in limbo. Unity Minor Ball posted on their social media accounts that registrations have been refunded and a new revised, simpler registration is being sent out asking for feedback on a reduced, later season they hope to run towards the end of June to beginning of July. Phase 4 of Sask. re-opening will dictate how this will transpire.

Swimming season still has not been decided and for now the pool sits quiet, awaiting announcement of this year’s season.

Outdoor time remains. People are now making more of their yard space as they are still able to enjoy the outdoors in the comfort and safety of their own spaces. In fact the Co-op home centre says business has been brisk for outdoor supplies, landscaping material and home renovation product for inside and out as people will be spending more time in the safety of their homes and yards this summer.

The Unity Chamber of Commerce distributed business recovery kits to encourage re-opening safely. The kits are intended to help keep employees and customers healthy while still encouraging local shopping, which, in itself, is a safer option.

The Unity Mental Wellness Group has moved their weekly in-person support sessions to weekly Zoom support group meetings. As well, the group has numerous resources available on their Facebook page.

Now is the time to be more vigilant than ever in supporting the local business community that has supported groups, organizations, benefits, events and activities over the years. As we navigate the unprecedented circumstances we are experiencing, remember to keep your support local to help our own community’s economy continue to re-build and grow for the future.

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

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