Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 21

Honor and victory

Thumbs-up to the World War II veterans who served as grand marshals for the 70th annual V-J Day Parade on Sunday. They, and other veterans, deserved to be thanked every day for the sacrifices they made or continue to make for their country.

Role model

Thumbs-up to Brenda Tracy (pictured) who has spent the past 30 years working with Girls Inc., including the past nine as executive director of that Jackson County United Way agency. Tracy plans to retire later this year and will leave behind some big shoes to fill.

Preparing for a party (or two)

Thumbs-up to everyone who supported the Jackson County Bicentennial Planning Committee’s efforts to raise funds to help pay for events being planned for celebrations throughout the county in 2016. The committee raised $6,335 by selling puzzles depicting areas of special interest in the county and other books, hats, T-shirts and memorabilia during the fair. A similar thumbs-up to the Jackson County Fair board for allowing us to have a booth during the fair.

Carl Shake, Brownstown

Award-winning film

Thumbs-up to filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart for the documentary they filmed about the 2010-11 Medora High School boys basketball season and its struggles on and off the court. The 82-minute film has been shown at more than 30 film festivals and received critical acclaim even showing up on PBS’s “Independent Lens.” It’s now one of five nominees for the Economic Reporting-Long Form category at the Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 28 in New York.

Schneck recognized

Thumbs-up to everyone connected with Schneck Medical Center. The Seymour hospital recently was recognized for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety from the American Hospital Association and McKesson Corp. Schneck is just one of four hospitals from across the nation to receive the recognition.

Costs covered

Thumbs-up to all the volunteers who made the fifth annual Dinner on the Bridge a success and those who attended the event, organized by the Friends of the Medora Covered Bridge. Funds raised through the event help covered the cost of promoting the bridge to travels and maintaining the grounds around it.

Nick Walden, Medora