Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – September 9

The Klosterman Farm of Seymour received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award from the Indiana Department of Agriculture on Aug. 12 at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. The award was presented by Ted McKinney, in back at far left, director of Indiana Department of Agriculture, and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who also serves as the Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Submitted photo
The Klosterman Farm of Seymour received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award from the Indiana Department of Agriculture on Aug. 12 at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. The award was presented by Ted McKinney, in back at far left, director of Indiana Department of Agriculture, and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who also serves as the Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Submitted photo

Thumbs up

A hand up

Thumbs-up to county officers Dustin Stewart, Tom Barker, Tyler Goodpaster and Jonathan Tabor along with Scott Davis, Mark Holt, Adam Nicholson and Shane Collier for taking the time — and spending some of their money — to help a couple with two small children who were living in their car under a bridge. The officers helped the family by putting them up in a local hotel for a couple of nights, buying diapers and formula for the kids and all of them a hot meal so the two could prepare for job interviews.Sharing a storyThumbs-up to Elaine Beaman of Greenwood for sharing the story of her son’s battle with addiction that eventually led to his death during the second International Overdose Awareness Day Ceremony at One Chamber Square in downtown Seymour. The event continues to grow and bring awareness to an issue that’s had a profound effect on the community in recent weeks.

Homesteaders

Thumbs-up to the Klosterman family, the Hackman family, the Hackman-Duwe families and the Miller-Kasting-Trimpe-Keller families for receiving Hoosier Homestead Awards from the Indiana Department of Agriculture on Aug. 12 at the Indiana State Fair. The Klosterman family received a sesquicentennial award since their farm had been in the family for more than 150 years, and the others received centennial awards.

Prepared

Thumbs-up to members of the Seymour High School FFA chapter for organizing Saturday’s training session for farmers and agribusiness employees who work near grain gins and the first responders who may have to respond to a grain facility or confined space emergency.

Thumbs down

Food thieves

Thumbs-down to anyone who would steal from a food pantry or any other type of charity fundraising activity. That includes those who would take a can of money for some child raising money for charity for a contest sitting on the counters of stores in the area.

Noisy

Thumbs-down to people who play their music too loud into the wee hours of the morning.

Failure to stop

Thumbs-down to motorist who for whatever reason drive into someone’s field of corn or soybeans and doesn’t take the time to stop and tell the owner.