Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 30

Serving a need

Thumbs-up to the 40 or so volunteers who spent part of their Thanksgiving Day preparing meals at The Alley in Seymour for about 200 people. The dinner, which has been conducted since Thanksgiving Day 2014, was organized by Sara Bowling, who is kitchen manager at The Alley, and Frances Prentice this year.

Also a thumbs-up to the nearly 50 people who volunteered to help with Crothersville’s holiday-style dinner Nov. 18. Local business owner Kyle McIntosh organized the event, while Amy Schleter volunteered to cook the food, and other businesses and individuals donated food, utensils and other needs for the dinner.

Wonderful works

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Thumbs-up to the 22 student artists from Seymour High School who contributed original artwork to “Wonders of Muscatatuck.” The book, compiled by Nancy Zimmerman, is a collection of stories and antidotes recalled by volunteers and visitors to the refuge. The artists were Tess Allman, Wendolinne Zarate Bailon, Debin Bowman, Makenna Fee, Eva Horton, Julieann Jones, Eveline Kegeris, Emily Kleman, Maria Lara Lopez, Stephanie Lopez, Amanda Massengale, Gustavo Acevedo Ortiz, Zoe Ortlieb, Adison Patton, Madison Pifer, Nevaeh Raisch, Marissa Spires, Brianna Valentine, Yesenia Varela, Belen Garcia Velazquez, Haley Weaver and Elizabeth Wehrkamp. Art teacher Don Brown also helped with the project. Proceeds from the sale of the books benefit the refuge, located just east of Seymour.


Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central Middle School’s Courtesy Award winners for the first trimester. They are sixth-graders Jairdyn Kiser, Jayda Clodfelder, Thai Daraswad and Kassie Helton; seventh-graders Deven Cummings, Cole Brelage, Hunter Engelking and Megan VonDielingen; and eighth-graders Makiya Crews, Jayde Barnard, Adam Wayt and Gabe Edwards. Winners are chosen by their teachers based on how they treat their fellow students and staff. Teachers pick two girls and two boys per grade. Students were rewarded with a lunch at Blondie’s Pizzeria and were given a certificate at an awards ceremony.

Playground providers

Thumbs-up to the Cars and Guitars committee who recently presented a $4,000 check to the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department. These funds are from the 2018 Cars and Guitars fundraising event and will be used to purchase handicap-accessible playground equipment in the city parks. Members of the committee are Shawna Boas, Darrin Boas, Dan Colglazier, Alicia Colglazier, Renee Taylor, Gary Colglazier and Carolyn Colglazier.