Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 24

Flying high

Thumbs-up to the members of American Legion Post 89 in Seymour, Seymour firefighters, a combined honor guard of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 members and others in the community for conducting the annual Flag Day ceremony on June 14 at One Chamber Square in downtown Seymour. A related thumbs-up to members of Seymour Elks Club who presented a history of the flag as part of the program.EnlighteningThumbs-up to the state for replacing the traffic signals along Tipton Street in Seymour with new ones that are much easier to see.

Pulling for success

Thumbs-up to the firefighters with Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department and everyone who helps them put on their annual tractor and truck pull and fish fry. The show brings in thousands of people to the small community of Tampico each year. This year’s, the 50th was June 16 to 18. How’s that for longevity?

Drafted

Thumbs-up to University of Kentucky baseball player Zack Brown, a Seymour High School graduate who recently was picked 141st in the MLB draft by Milwaukee. During his junior year with the Wildcats, which just ended, Brown saw action in 14 games, striking out 62 and walking 34 in 841/3 innings. For the looks of it, the Brewers are not only getting a great pitcher but one who is well grounded.

Flying high

Thumbs-up to the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts for bringing its annual summer concert series, Seymour CityJam, back for a fourth year. This year’s series started with a great performance by The Flying Toasters on June 16. On July 21, Blues artist Tad Robinson will make his second CityJam performance.

Bad timing

Thumbs-down to decision makers at local stores who decide the best time to stock store shelves are right after church Sunday mornings when stores are crammed with shoppers. A similar thumbs-down goes to those who decide the best time for road construction work is during the times when people are headed to work in the morning or headed home after work in the afternoon.