Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – September 30

Thumbs up

Paying it forward

Thumbs-up to the lady in a local restaurant who anonymously paid for breakfast for an elderly woman sitting at a table next to this generous lady. Thanks.

Josie Engleking

Considerate smoker

Thumbs-up to a female smoker at an outdoor music festival for asking an elderly woman if her cigarette smoke would be offensive. How considerate.

Josie Engleking

Fancy feet

Thumbs-up to the seven couples who decided to showcase their talent while participating in the fourth annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars fundraiser and to everyone who supports it through donations. The event, which supports the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour and Seymour Main Street, always is a great night of entertainment. This year’s event raised $92,078 for the two organizations and brings the four-year total to about $340,000.Thumbs-up to the students, parents and staff who participated in the fourth annual Riley Dance Marathon on Saturday at Seymour High School. The event is designed to raise money for the Riley Children’s Foundation. The first year of Seymour’s fundraiser netted $4,209.84, and last year brought in $5,913.03. This year’s goal is $7,500.


Thumbs-up to Bob Poynter of Seymour who recently honored his wife, Vicki Johnson-Poynter, by donating $50,000 to the Indiana University School of Nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. The gift will support an annual scholarship for a student. Poynter has said he hopes the money will help others become as successful in their nursing careers as his wife.

Moving on

Thumbs-up to the Seymour and Brownstown Central girls golf teams for placing second and third, respectively, at the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional and advancing to the Washington Regional this past Saturday.

Thumbs down

Walking the walk

Thumbs-down to people who still walk in the road on West Second Street. We have new sidewalks, and I am not sure why people don’t use them. A similar thumbs-down to people who jaywalk when crossing streets instead of using crosswalks. Their actions can put them in peril and cause problems for motorists.