Thumbs up, thumbs down for March 25

Celebrate sacrifice

Thumbs up to Seymour resident Harold “Bud” Kysar, who recently celebrated his 101st birthday with a party at Autumn Trace. The World War II veteran was presented a Quilt of Valor, a small American flag, an American flag lapel pin, a lanyard and two certificates from the Daughters of the American Revolution to recognize his service to the country. Congratulations, Bud!

Filling a need

Thumbs up to the Purdue Extension Jackson County homemakers for their project to collect pill bottles for Matthew 25: Ministries in Cincinnati, Ohio. The donated empty plastic pill bottles are used in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. The pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

Top 20

Thumbs up to Schneck Medical Center and its employees. The Seymour hospital recently was named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country for the second consecutive year by Chartis Center for Rural Health. The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: Inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, costs, charge and financial efficiency.

Changing lives

Thumbs up to members of New Day Residents Encounter Christ, a Columbus-based organization, for presenting the fourth annual Residents Encounter Christ event at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. Residents Encounter Christ is an immersive experience that strives to make Jesus Christ known to men and women who are incarcerated in Indiana.

Serving mankind

Thumbs up to members of the Jackson County Sertoma Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Known to thousands of young children over the years as the Christmas Miracle folks, the club also provides scholarships to graduating seniors of area high schools and assists with hearing aids for children in need. The club also has helped fund speech therapy, made a multi-year donation toward the construction of the Don and Dana Myers Center and done other important work in Jackson County. The club raises money for these projects and others, such as the Freedom Essay Contest, through the sale of official Seymour Oktoberfest steins and other fundraisers, all of which are supported through the generous donations and people across Jackson County.

Skip scanners

Thumbs down to those who take advantage of self-checkout stations at stores by failing to scan items. Their activity winds up costing everyone else in the long run.