Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 18

Students of the Month

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School senior Megan Kuhlman, Brownstown Central Middle School seventh-grader Cody Burnside and Brownstown Elementary School third-grader Isabella Gomez who were recognized with certificates as Students of the Month during a recent school board meeting.


Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central’s Tayler Garland for bettering the school record for 3-pointers in a career. The senior nailed two against Hauser on Jan. 10 at home to pass Kallie Kovert, who finished with 99 during her career (1999 to 2003).

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A special place

Thumbs-up to the family of the late Don Belcher for donating the wooden replica he made of buildings at Spring Mill State Park to the park near Mitchell. The display, which includes a replica of the mill and other buildings, may be viewed in the lobby of Spring Mill Inn. The park has long been a special place to Belcher and his family.

Making an impact

Thumbs-up to Tucker. The bulldog recently celebrated his 100th visit since becoming a registered therapy animal. For that accomplishment, a new title, American Kennel Club therapy dog advanced, will go on his record, and he will receive a patch. Tucker’s owner is Chelsie Bentz, the clinical oncology pharmacist at the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour, where Tucker spends most of his time bringing joy and comfort to patients and also making an impact on the lives of staff and visitors.

On a mission

Thumbs-up to Mary and Thom Garetson of Seymour who boarded a plane to South Africa on Tuesday. The two retired educators plan to spend a month volunteering at St. Peter Christian College in Middelburg. Both will be mission partner specialists with Mission of Christ Network, a Christian outreach organization devoted to making it possible for non-professional church workers to effectively work internationally in God’s mission, according to The couple plan to go twice a year until they feel they have made a difference in the lives of the students and their teachers at the preschool through high school facility in the township of Mhluzi.