Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 24

Flying high

Thumbs-up to Luke Hauersperger, a member of Boy Scout Troop 529 in Seymour. The 16-year-old Seymour High School junior recently completed his Eagle Scout project. With help and encouragement from Healthy Jackson County and support from Seymour city officials, Luke received a nearly $2,600 grant to place two benches on a concrete pad and add kilometer and mileage signs along the cross-country course at the Freeman Field Sports Complex on the south side of the city. The improvements are something that will help runners for a long time to come.

Staying power

Thumbs-up to the congregation of Surprise Christian Church, which consists of a couple hundred members, for celebrating the church’s 125th anniversary Sunday. Twenty-two people came together in 1893 to form the church in a schoolhouse on Freedom Hill along State Road 258 near Surprise. Since 1964, it has been along North County Road 100W.

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Tons of fun

Thumbs-up to everyone who participated in one or all of the “fun-raising” events in Seymour this past weekend. Those events included the fourth annual Pre-Scoop the Loop Cruise-In and Car Show on Aug. 17. That event benefit’s the Fraternal Order of Police Donald M. Winn Lodge 108’s annual Cops and Kids program, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need. There also was the Seymour Noon Lions Club’s eighth annual Pig in the Park Family Fun Fair, which raises funds for a variety local organizations. Add in the seventh annual Scoop the Loop and Redeemer Lutheran Church’s eighth annual Cruise with the Son Car Show on Saturday and you have the makings of a pretty good weekend.

River friendly

Thumbs-up to Mary Elisabeth Trimpe Keller of Cortland, who recently was chosen as a recipient of the 2018 River Friendly Farmer award for her farm, Indian Creek Acres at 4475 E. State Road 258, Seymour. Each year, the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts recognizes farmers and landowners for good production management. The last Jackson County farmers to receive the honor were Larry and Peggy Peters of Vallonia in 2009.