Students off to an orderly start to school year

Jay Anne Custer E-E Correspondent

Most area schools have started. The reports from Copan are good and staff members are pleased. Children wearing masks and classes are orderly.

Sports teams are geared up and traveling. With all the added expense of social distancing and sanitizing, the individual clubs will be raising their own money for support. The Junior High Cheerleaders are having a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 22. They will be washing cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bartlesville Re/Max Real Estate building located at 1809 SE Washington Blvd.

In an effort to upgrade and sustain the Copan school equipment, there are two propositions for bonds to be voted on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Along with the school bonds, Washington County residents will choose a candidate for sheriff in a Republican runoff between Scott Owen and Jeff Fesler. Voting is a privilege. Please vote!

The girl’s softball teams are up and running. The varsity team will travel to Foyil on Thursday to enter a tournament lasting through Saturday. The junior high team will play its first home game against Barnsdall at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. On Monday, the 24th the varsity team travels to Welch. FYI: The first football game is a home game against Oaks and starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.

The United Methodist Church will distribute food on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Residents can pick up their items by entering the alley behind the church at 120 N. Maple. Please enter from the north and stop under the carport. Distribution will start at 1 p.m.

Word has been received that Pastor Greg Buie of Hope Community Church is convalescing at home after his surgery. Continue to pray for a fast and complete recovery.

Occasionally, when I post the heading date for this column, a memory floats out of the fog and won’t go away. This particular memory recalled two brothers serving in the Pacific Theater in 1945. On Aug. 6, 1945, Glen L. Custer spent most of the day playing baseball. His unit had been given the day off. The Enola Gay, piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets, had already left Tinian Island on a mission. At the same time, Morris D. Custer, Glen’s younger brother, was aboard a naval vessel headed to Japan. Morris related his story at a family reunion. “We were headed straight for Japan when the ship was redirected to the Philippines. We later found out why. My brother’s 509th had devastated the Japanese.”

Japan surrendered on Aug. 16, 1945. Never take your freedom for granted. God Bless the United States of America.

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