Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 5

Sobering

Thumbs-up to Seymour’s Chuck Olson. The 82-year-old, who has been sober for 26 years, spends his time counseling today’s youth and adults about alcoholism and drug abuse.

Star athletes

Thumbs-up to the three Jackson County athletes who advanced to the state track and field meet, which is today for the boys and Saturday for the girls.

They are Seymour junior Megan Winter, who finished third in the 1,600-meter run during the girls regional May 26 at Bloomington North; Brownstown Central senior Jaelyn Reynolds, who finished second in the discus at the same regional; and Seymour sophomore Seth Ragon, who finished fourth in the high jump during the boys regional May 28 at Bloomington North.

A similar thumbs-up to Seymour’s No. 1 doubles tennis team of Karen Dringenburg and Emma Wood, who advance to the girls doubles regional at Bedford North Lawrennce. The two, who won the Bloomington sectional May 28, return to the court Saturday.

Tomorrow’s leaders

Thumbs-up to the 21 members of the Leadership Jackson County Class of 2015 who recently presented their projects and graduated. Class members were Linda Foster, Brent Jameson, Whitney Riggs, Mindy Roeder, Hope Sitterding, Becky Capes, Jeff Davis, Janet Kiewit, Patrick LeClaire, Kay Schwade, Becky Bujwid, Charlotte Moss, Craig Rice, Amanda Richey, Nick Walden, David Good, Amy Nierman, Chuck Olson, Lola Snyder, Amy Tracy and Kendra Zumhingst. This was the 33rd year of the program.

Silent ride

Thumbs-up to the group of cyclists who rode seven miles in and around Seymour on May 20 without saying a word. The Ride of Silence is designed to recognize cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding their bicycles on public roads.

Hard to replace

Thumbs-up to the four Crothersville Community School teachers who recently retired. The four, Kaye Durham, Joyce Howell, Peggy Adams and Kevin Kasting, have a combined 127 years of experience. A similar thumbs-up needs to go to Cortland Elementary School teacher Natalie Fish, who recently retired after more than 30 years on the job.

No parking

Thumbs-down to motorists without permits who park in handicap spots.