Thumbs up, thumbs down for Aug. 18

Just desserts

Thumbs up to everyone involved in the 10th annual HOPE Medora Goes Pink dinner and dessert auction on Saturday. The list includes those whose prepared and served the meal, decorated the theme tables, made desserts for the auction, purchased the sweet treats and more. The event raised $12,114 to help pay for some of the expenses of the 14th annual HOPE Medora Goes Pink breast cancer awareness event to be held Oct. 14. Over the years, the event has raised $236,750, which provides gift cards to purchase fuel and food for people fighting cancer across the country.

Birthday bashes

Thumbs up to Rabel “Ray” Newkirk of Seymour, who celebrated his 100th birthday Monday. Besides being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Newkirk is a World War II veteran, a retired Christian education teacher and former outdoorsman, gardener, traveler, embroiderer and stamp collector.

Another thumbs up to John Peter “Pete” Johnson of Brownstown, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Aug. 25. He is a Korean War veteran who has served Brownstown Christian Church for 79 years and also is a husband, father and grandfather.

Promoting playgrounds

Thumbs up to those who participated in the 18th annual Cars and Guitars event June 24 in downtown Seymour. That list includes those who brought their vehicles to show off and those who attended to view them. The Cars and Guitars Inc. committee recently presented a $3,500 check from funds raised through the event to the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department. That money will go toward adding poured-in-place flooring around the Shields Park playground.

Wonderful weather

Thumbs up to Mother Nature, who has provided rainfall and favorable temperatures during the growing season to provide what looks to be a record harvest of corn and winter wheat despite some pretty hot days now and then. The soybean forecast looks to be a little less than normal, but it also was planted on fewer acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Crime prevention

Thumbs up to the organizers of a block party and health fair Aug. 1 at Jamestown Apartments in Seymour. The event is designed to allow neighbors to celebrate National Night Out, a crime prevention and awareness day observed in communities across the country. Jamestown Apartments is the only site in Jackson County that takes part in National Night Out and has been doing so for more than 20 years. During this year’s two-hour event, people were treated to food, drinks , fun activities and much more.

Creating higher costs

Thumbs down to those who are involved in a wreck and then fail to stop. Your actions cost everyone money in the form of higher insurance rates.