Thumbs up, thumbs down for Sept. 30


Raising the roof — and some funds

Thumbs up to the seven couples who competed in the 10th annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars on Saturday and everyone who attended the matinee and evening performances. This year’s event raised $97,311.63, and the total raised over the years is $1,022,311.62. Those funds have been shared by the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour and Seymour Main Street. A related thumbs up to Seymour’s Bruce Wynn, who came up with the idea for the event after attending a similar one in nearby Columbus.

Industry leader

Thumbs up to Seymour’s Kim Douglass, who recently received a 2023 Women in Supply Chain Award from Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and actions set a positive example for women at all levels of the supply chain network. Douglass is an assembly team leader at Toyota Material Handling in Columbus.

Celebrating 100 years

Thumbs up to Doris Loper of Seymour, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 16 with family and friends at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour. Her family includes three children, nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Thumbs up to Rose Acre Farms, the national nonprofit HATCH and the American Egg Board for donating 600,000 eggs to neighbors in need across Florida for Hurricane Idalia relief.

Scholarly semifinalist

Thumbs up to Seymour High School senior Elise Hartung, who recently was named as one of 16,000 semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The academically talented high school seniors will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth $28 million. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Swimming specialists

Thumbs up to Dave and Chris Boggs, who have spent a combined 56 years ensuring the swimming pool at Seymour’s Shields Park was well run, clean and staffed for the public to enjoy each season. Dave’s main duties were staffing and day-to-day pool management, while Chris took care of the front office, concessions and payroll. Both helped with lifeguards for the pool, where nearly 40 high school and college students found employment each year. The Boggses have retired and plan to travel and spend more time with family, although Dave plans to continue to coach for Seymour High School and Seymour Swimming.

No room at the inn

Thumbs down to those who refuse to pay for a motel or hotel room after spending a night there.

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