Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 16


Saluting veterans

Thumbs-up to the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces for all of the sacrifices they and their families have made over the years defending the freedoms we all enjoy. In our book, Veterans Day should be every day of the year so everyone can find the time to thank them for their service. It’s a simple thing that shouldn’t be too hard for anyone to do.

Golden jubilee

Thumbs-up to Sister Mary Luke (nee Barbara) who recently celebrated her golden jubilee of religious vows at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove. Sister Mary Luke entered the Benedictine community after she graduated from Seymour High School in 1966. The daughter of Bill and LaVerne Jones, who are both deceased, she professed her first vows in 1968.

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Leading the way

Thumbs-up to the nine Seymour Middle School students who each brought in more than 100 items of clothing for the school’s annual fall clothing drive. They are Samantha Purvis, Isabel Maschino, Cody Wilson, Diana Munoz, Kylie Eglen, Claire Marshall, Josh Rennekamp, Madelyn Busby and Jacob Rennekamp. A total of 4,409 clothing items were collected and delivered to the Jackson County Clothing Center in Seymour. A special thumbs-up to Purvis, who was the top collector with 661 items.

Finding their "niche"

Thumbs-up to the residents of Seymour Place who recently helped members of Schneck Medical Center’s NICHE group construct activity boards for elderly patients who have memory difficulties at the Seymour hospital. By the end of the day, the group was able to take 15 activity boards back to Schneck. NICHE is a nursing education and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in health care organizations.

Students of the Month

Thumbs-up to the three Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month for October. The three recognized during the board of trustees meeting Monday night at the superintendent’s office are kindergartner Lela Sommers, sixth-grader Alexia Manns and junior Trey Hackman.

Too early

Thumbs-down to the retailers who have made the decision to bypass Thanksgiving and put out Christmas items earlier and earlier each year. A related thumbs-down to those who have decided Black Friday shopping should begin on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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