Thumbs up for Oct. 7


Celebrating 50 years

Thumbs up to everyone involved in organizing and pulling off the 50th annual Seymour Oktoberfest this past weekend, including the Oktoberfest board, city department of public works and parks and recreation department workers, police officers and firefighters, the food stand and arts and craft vendors, parade participants, including Grand Marshal Teri Moren, and Mother Nature. Their efforts paid off with a great event.

Helping hands

A related thumbs up to the members of Sakura Helping Hands, who recently donated $3,500 to the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department to use for a project or projects to benefit the youth of the community. The group of 39 Japanese women raised the funds by creating and selling arts and crafts and gifts from their booth during the 50th annual Seymour Oktoberfest this past weekend. Sakura Helping Hands has been sharing their culture from the booth for 29 years.

Ending Alzheimer’s

Thumbs up to the local residents who participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday at the Mill Park Amphitheater in Columbus. The event raised $43,279 — and counting — to advance the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a leading cause of death in the country. In Indiana alone, there are more than 110,000 people living with the disease and 216,000 caregivers. Free round-the-clock information and support are available. Visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association helpline at 800-272-3900.

Keeping a clean sheet

Thumbs up to the Seymour Middle School boys soccer team that compiled a 12-0-1 record and outscored opponents 67-9 this season. Members of the team are, Fernando Garcia, Fernando Solano, Cooper Tormoehlen, Myles Holycross, Tota Tsutsui, Fredy Martin, Toma Kajiwara, Deivi Miguel, Jayden Hernandez, Ulice Mateo, Gozalo Hernandez, Wyatt Moore, Andres Miguel, Nicolas Matom, Eito Hanano, Homer Pacheco, Angel Mendez, Mason Williams, Kenneth Rodriguez, Fredy Gaspar, Braylon Floyd, Kamron Williams, Martin Miguel, Jose Vazquez, Fernando Barradas, Gavin Murphy, Kenneth Harris, Xavier Clemente, Pablo Sebastian, Philip Rennekamp, Tommy Lara, Michael LaSpina and Yasir Benitez. Luke Horton was the coach, and Levi Mora was the assistant coach.

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