Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 14

Thumbs up


Thumbs-up to the Bicentennial Planning Committee of Jackson County for organizing this past weekend’s Jackson County Bicentennial Celebration and to all of the volunteers who made it such a great event. The weekend featured concerts, a community-wide church service with a 40-plus member choir and a variety of other events.


Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Heritage Park committee and everyone else who donated their time and money to make the park a reality and are committed to making it even better in the future by adding benches, picnic tables and other enhancements. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 23.

Helping with hope

Thumbs-up to everyone who helped make the seventh annual HOPE Medora Goes Pink breast cancer awareness event a success. The event continues to grow with each passing year and has now raised more than $40,000 to help provide food and fuel for Jackson County residents and others who have to travel to receive cancer treatments.

Helping others

Thumbs-up to Patty Maschino, who started a wig bank in 2008 at All in One Hair Care Center in Seymour for women undergoing treatment for cancer. Maschino later recruited retired beautician Joann Davidson to help offer makeup lessons through the Look Good, Feel Better program. Davidson also deserves a thumbs-up along with salon owner, Allie Dooley, and stylist Christy Newkirk, who have taken over what Maschino started.

Successful search

Thumbs-up to everyone who participated in the search for and subsequent rescue of Scott Fleck of Ewing on the night of Oct. 7 after a medical condition caused him to have seizures and walk away from home. The list is lengthy but includes officers with the Brownstown Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters with the Brownstown, Carr and Driftwood volunteers, a conservation officer, medical personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and a PHI helicopter crew.

Thumbs down

No children allowed

Thumbs-down to those parents who decide to involve children in their disputes.

Car thefts

Thumbs-down to those who troll the streets looking to steal things from vehicles in an effort to make a quick buck.