Thumbs-up, thumbs-down – October 14


Thumbs-up to the 11 people who competed in this year’s Hairless for the Homeless fundraiser for Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Food Pantry. The total raised was $24,156, and the top four fundraisers were Dr. John Hiester, $11,765; Bob Tabeling, $2,590; Robert Walls, $2,075; and the Rev. Dr. Jeremy Myers, $1,720. The other fundraisers were Heather Grube, Dave Hill, Jim Lucas, Drew Markel, Bill Abbott, Brad Lucas and Dr. Eric Fish. Also, Deb Bedwell, executive director of Anchor House, raised more than $2,000.

Ending Alzheimer’s

Thumbs-up to the 600 or so area residents who raised $99,200 on Oct. 1 at the Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event, a 1-mile walk at Mill Race Park, was conducted to raise money to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Red Ribbon supporters

Thumbs-up to the 30 Seymour High School art students for taking the time to paint red ribbons on storefronts in downtown Seymour in support of Red Ribbon Week, the largest drug prevention campaign in the nation. The purpose of the week, which is Oct. 23 through 31 this year, is to share information, engage in activities, educate and reduce risk while enhancing protection in the community. Thumbs-up to all of the downtown business owners for allowing the students to paint red ribbons on their storefronts in support of the campaign.

Preventive measures

Thumbs-up to all of the local firefighters who have spent this week meeting with children and talking about fire safety and prevention. It’s important work, and the message is one children tend to carry with them for a long time.


Thumbs-up to former Brownstown Police Department Officer Tom Wright, who retired Sept. 19 after 22 years of service with the department.


Thumbs-down to motorists who ignored common courtesy — and common sense — and blocked other vehicles in parking spaces at parking lots during the 45th annual Seymour Oktoberfest.