Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 7


Thumbs-up to everyone who made the 44th annual Oktoberfest a success. The list is lengthy but includes the festival committee members, who work year round planning the event; people from local organizations who spent their time and money to raise money for many great causes; and city employees who go out of their way to make everything work.A related thumbs-up goes to a pair of 6-year-olds, Walker Sutherland and Sydney Stout, who were crowned prince and princess of the festival in a contest sponsored by Beta Kappa Chapter 697 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

Conference champs

Thumbs-up to the Seymour Owls boys soccer team for winning the school’s first outright boys crown in that sport. The Owls have shared the Hoosier Hills Conference crown five times since first doing so in 1997.Running at the topThumbs-up to Daniel Hauersperger for finishing seventh overall (in field of 164) and second in the men’s 20 to 24 division at the Mill Race Marathon on Sept. 24 in Columbus. The 2015 Seymour High School graduate finished with a time of 2:48.53.

Going strong

Thumbs-up to Lucille Klosterman of Seymour who recently celebrated her 101th birthday with family and friends.

Building a church

Thumbs-up to the 10 students in a new construction class at Sandy Creek Christian Academy in Seymour for building the walls, door headers and door bucks for the New Life Church at Cumberland on the east side of Indianapolis. A second thumbs-up goes to the 50 or so members of The Tabernacle in Seymour who volunteered for the United Pentecostal International’s Church in Day program to build that church. The New Life Church, constructed Sept. 29, is one of more than 100 (including nine in Indiana) constructed through the program across the country.

Thanks to fire department

I would like to thank the fire department, the police department, my neighbor Eugene, my cousin Zane and all the people who helped me unload my car when it caught fire Sept. 29. We didn’t lose a baseball, softball, basketball, football or any bats or mitts, etc. Thank you.Tom Scott


No parking

Thumbs-down to people who park in business-only parking lots during Oktoberfest, taking up parking spots for patients or people needing to visit those businesses.