Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 31


Helping out

Thumbs-up to the community for pulling together and helping the families of the four teens killed while pushing a disabled vehicle this past weekend in Cortland.

Gone to the dogs

Thumbs-up to the 34 dogs that competed in the 16th annual Dog Days Dog Show on Saturday at the Keach Parking Lot at Walnut and Fourth streets in downtown Seymour. A related thumbs-up goes to the 27 owners of those dogs, who came from Seymour and Salem, to help out the Humane Society of Jackson County’s medical fund used to help with the cost of medical treatment for ill or injured dogs and cats. Another thumbs-up to Jay Hubbard, who served as emcee of the show, and judges Dr. Paul Rennekamp from St. Francis Pet Hospital, Kim Louden from Seymour Animal Hospital and Seymour City Councilman Matt Nicholson.

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Thumbs-up to the congregation of Cornerstone Community Church, which was recognized Aug. 5 for its service to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child. For more than five years, the church has served as a drop-off location for the program. During that period, 4,511 shoebox gifts have been packed and donated to Operation Christmas Child from the Seymour community. Each year, the Samaritan’s Purse project delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, disaster, disease, poverty and famine.

Moving forward

Thumbs-up to the Freetown residents who recently stepped up to the plate and agreed to continue the community’s annual Freetown July Festival. The event, which has a long and storied history, brings together the community and serves as a reunion for former residents.


Thumbs-down to those people who have been destroying public property, including the restrooms at Shields Park in recent months. Parks workers typically have had to deal with covering up graffiti on stalls, picnic tables and playground equipment or fixing stopped-up toilets after someone stuffs them with toilet paper in the past. But lately, the destruction has been worse and has involved hinges torn off doors, destroyed soap dispensers and damaged sinks. The damage has cost the city — and in turn taxpayers — hundreds of dollars.

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