Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – September 25


Centennial celebration

Thumbs up to Edith Wayman, who celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 10. She was born in Burns City and later lived in other places in Indiana before settling in Brownstown, where she graduated from high school in 1938. She and her husband, Ed, were married for more than 70 years until his death seven years ago. For the past five years, she has lived at Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown. The facility recently organized a celebration for her birthday, and her family surprised her with a party.


Thumbs up to Knights of Columbus Council 1252 for organizing the first Spätsommer Fest this past weekend. The event, which by all accounts was a rousing success, was meant to give the community a small taste of Oktoberfest, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local nonprofit organizations and other vendors were able to earn some much-needed funds while providing people with some much-needed fun.

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A related thumbs up goes to organizers of Togetherfest, which was Saturday in Brownstown. The event featured a silent auction and a cornhole tournament that benefited the local Special Olympics program, food, music, games, crafts and more.


Thumbs up to the residents of what is now known as the Westside Historic District, including Stacy Brooks and Denise Siefker, who live on Second Street. They initiated the process of having the area named to the National Register of Historic Places. Their work, supported by Indiana Landmarks and the city of Seymour, recently paid off with the historic designation, which provides prestigious recognition for the neighborhood, promotes tourism and economic development and provides eligibility for individual property owners to apply for state and federal incentives for rehabilitation of their homes.

Braves of the Month

Thumbs up to newest Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month. The three honorees for August were high school senior Faith Harrison, middle school sixth-grader Tyler Wetzel and elementary fourth-grader Abigail Watson.

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