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SPY Newsletter 8/20/20

Dime Pitch Booth Grand Prize Winner

Pictured (L) is Wayne Simmons, chairman of the SPY’s Dime Pitch Booth activity at the Farmer’s Picnic.  This year Wayne instituted a special grand prize drawing contest.  That contest drawing was won by Nick Rogers, who won a brand new plush dog that is bigger than he is!  Congratulations Nick!

SPY’s Community Celebration Calendar Update

Our SPY’s Community Celebration Calendars project chairperson, Rosie Best reports that the calendars will be delivered to the people that ordered them.  They are also available for pick up at the Best Tax Service office at 8071 Grand Ledge Highway (M-43), on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-5, or other times by appointment.  

News From The Sunfield Library

By Lisa Bell

The summer reading program ended Saturday, August 8th.  Although an unusual year, it was attended by a variety of ages.  Book lovers took part in a challenge to see who could read, or hear, the most books. Both audio books and physical books had their own categories.  “Readers” in both areas took home rewards.  The top performer in the youth group was Scarlette Shettler with 151 points. Our adult audio book top listener was Mary Simmons with 98 points, and adult physical book reader was Christina Grosshans with 103 points.  All three earned $50 gift cards.

Weekly rewards were handed out to the youth enrolled in the program.  As well as, level achieved rewards for all ages.  Levels earned everything from books, to book bags, to video coupons, pies, book lights, and to our special summer reading t-shirts.

Once again, the kids really seemed to enjoy the showcase raffle.  Every visit to the library entitled them to an entry ticket, for a chance to win their selected item.  Many received a prize from the showcase.  Pictures of Gage Steele and his sister Lacey Steele (below) show a few of the prizes won.  Gage also was the winner of the “Guess How Many” jar.  His guess of 600 was only off 134, from the actual amount of 734.  He was able to take home an unopened jar of cheese balls as a reward.

The S.P.Y.’s (Sunfield Programs for Youth) is once again, sponsoring our program.  A huge thank you goes out to them for all they do for our little community!

Farmer’s Picnic Open Craft Show Report

By DeAnna Clark

The Sunfield Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) partnered with the Sunfield Farmers Picnic to sponsor the Open Craft Event in 2019 and promoted the event through its newsletter several times, including attaching the entry form which encouraging K-12 grade students to enter projects done through school and other programs such as 4-H and scouts, expanding the number of categories and offering each category for separate judging and awards to students fifth grade and below. 

The SPY’s published an article from DeAnna looking for assistance at the 2020 Open Craft event and received only one telephone call from Dewey Miller offering to help during the parade.  State Representative Candidate Gina Johnsen’s campaign staff Darius Reynnet and Josie Schwann helped, as well as DeAnna’s husband Rod Clark who helped with the table setup and take-down and Aaron Ryan who helped with the table setup.

We had 57 entries from 30 participants (15 returning participants and 15 new participants, all but one from Sunfield, 6 were children), 23 less entries than 2019 which I’m sure is due to the Covid scare.  

DeAnna had discussion with the craft judges prior to the event about how items are judged and to explain which categories also included “Children (5th grade and down)” entries.  They could award each prize whatever ribbon they determined appropriate and only one best of show per category in both “Children’s” and “Adults” groups, if the judges desired but not required.

Photography was judged in 4 categories: People, Animals, Nature and Other.  Entries in other categories were in: Woodworking, flowers, baked goods, art, craft, painting, carving, glass etching, garden produce, crocheting, sewing, canned goods, kid’s crafts, vendor entries and other (Lego building).

Seven Best of Show ribbons were presented during the Open Class Craft Exhibit to DeAnna Clark for her photograph of the metamorphosis of a Monarch, Doug Schlappi for his photograph of a lighthouse, Loraine Hodack for her photograph of a young boy looking through a glass ball, Julie Roth for her photograph of a simple purple weed, Ed Kruger for his wooden wishing well, Klara McArthur with her artwork of the Eiffel Tower and Trystan Lane with his Vendor homemade Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup. 

Participants came from Clarksville, Woodland, Vermontville, Lake Odessa, Charlotte, and of course, from Sunfield.  The youngest entry was from 3 ½ year old Emerson Guy with garden produce, sunflowers and a pink tie-dyed T-shirt. 

Parting Comments

· Something To Ponder:  “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”---Thomas Jefferson.

· Thoughts On Aging:  Most people don’t think I’m as old as I am until they hear me stand up.


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