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SATURDAY SALUTE: GIPS makes good change

SATURDAY SALUTE: GIPS makes good change

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A hearty Saturday Salute goes this week to Grand Island Public Schools for its decision to allow visiting fans at Memorial Stadium for the Islanders’ games this season.

At a community update Wednesday morning, Superintendent Tawana Grover announced the change in policy in time for last night’s game with Norfolk.

Crowds still are being limited, as they should be in order to protect everyone during the coronavirus pandemic, but the district recognized that family members of visiting players should be welcomed into the stadium as long as they are wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Now, the priority must be to follow the safety guidelines so that the school district can continue to have athletic events into the winter season and maintain the ability to educate students in the schools.

The Central District Health Department has reported a rise in COVID-19 cases, with 99 new cases reported for the week ending Oct. 10. Numbers continue to go up across the state, with hospitals more full than they had been in months.

So we all must remain vigilant, whether in the schools, shopping, at work, at church or visiting friends. Wear your mask. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands regularly. Be conscious to keep at least 6 feet from other people when not protected with a mask.

We salute GIPS for welcoming fans from competing schools that visit our wonderful community.

Vets cemetery spruce-up

We also salute Desch Paine Memorials, which provided the labor and materials to get 15 headstones at the Nebraska Veterans Memorial Cemetery standing a little straighter this week.

Dawn and Eric Fye, who set up monuments for the company, worked for five hours on Tuesday, leveling and repairing upright markers. They dug around the stones, lifted them up and placed a compound underneath. They also used the compound to seal some of the stones.

We also salute the 80 volunteers who took part in a general cleanup Sept. 12 at the cemetery.

All this is done as a service to veterans in recognizing the great sacrifices they made in serving their country.

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