Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – July 5

The spirit of giving

Thumbs-up to everyone who purchased lemonade from 5-year-old Bryce Tormoehlen and 3-year-old Kinley Tormoehlen during their Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer on June 28 at All Phase Electric Supply in Seymour. The Brownstown siblings, who have both dealt with cancer but are currently in remission, held the fundraiser as a way of giving back to the community has helped them with their battles against cancer and to help other children fighting cancer. The event raised $1,624.24.

A related thumbs-up to all those who helped raised money for 8-year-old Katie Lawrence of North Vernon during a hog roast on Saturday at Shields Park in Seymour. Lawrence, the daughter of Justin and Erin Lawrence of North Vernon, was diagnosed in January with pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, or PANS, an autoimmune disorder that causes her immune system to attack her brain, leading it to swell. Her illness means she faces frequent doctors appointments and visits to the hospital for treatment and has to take multiple medications and supplements daily.


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Thumbs-up to the members of the Columbus City Bank for performing a free patriotic concert Sunday at Heritage Park in Brownstown. A related thumbs-up to Brownstown/Ewing Main Street for bringing the concert to town for the 15th year.

Donating to the cause

Thumbs-up to the 12 Jackson County Extension Homemakers Clubs who are donating four benches to the Jackson County Fair. The benches, made by Blake Hackman and students in his shop class at Brownstown Central High School, will be placed around the fairgrounds during the Jackson County Fair, which is July 21 to 27. The clubs, who have a combined membership of 116, also will be donating two trees to the fairgrounds, and they will be planted later this year by Schneider Nursery.

Bittersweet sacrifice

Thumbs-up to Pastor Wendell Chinn of New Life Apostolic Church for donating the Mameluke sword he received during his graduation ceremony in the early 1970s at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, to the African American Museum of History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Chinn, who has served the Seymour church since 1991, was the top midshipman in the first African-American Navy ROTC, established in 1968, in the country.

Serving our readers

Thumbs-up to Tribune photographer Aaron Piper for his nearly 7 years of service to our readers. The Tribune staff wishes Piper luck as he moves to Texas to pursue other opportunities.