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SPY's Newsletter 11/22/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #227


Thanksgiving Greetings

On Thanksgiving and always, may you and your loved ones savor all that is rich. May the festivities come alive with the cornucopia of hope, 
faith and goodwill. Wishing that your Thanksgiving is full of love, warmth, and extra special moments. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mapes Furniture Christmas Open House

On Saturday, December 3rd. from 9 AM to 5 PM, Mapes Furniture will be having a fabulous Christmas Open House. There will be vendor specials and door prizes just for you. Be sure to check it out!

Community Christmas Basket Distribution

Is Coming Up

The Lakewood Community Council has once again requested help with the annual Christmas Basket Project for the Lakewood School District. Drivers that are familiar with the Sunfield area are needed on Saturday, December 10th, at 9 AM. It will take just a couple hours of your time, at the most. Please mark that date and time on your calendar and make plans to help spread some holiday cheer.

The Christmas Basket project helps nearly 200 families in theLakewood area. Volunteers are needed to deliver the baskets to the designated families in the Sunfield area. Anyone that would like to help out, just show up on Saturday, December 10th. at the Central Methodist Church in downtown Lake Odessa. For Further information, please contact John Fisher at 517-648-0969. Thank you!

SPY’s Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night News

Once again, Pete Weller will be the host for the SPY's Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman's Night Event. This year it will be held on Saturday February 4, 2023 at the Centennial Acres Golf & Banquet Center on Dow Road in Sunfield, Michigan.

This event has grown into a Sportsman's Night / Family Night Event with many raffle drawings and door prizes, along with good food, and a lot of fun. Tickets for this year’s event will go on sale after Christmas.

The SPY's Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman's Night Event is known to have many items to raffle off that night to those who wish to attend, and many people donate items for that evening's drawings. If you would like to donate any door prizes or possibly purchase a raffle item for that night's drawing it would be appreciated. Please contact Pete at 517-743-1642. This year, leading up to the Big Event, we are holding a raffle for TWO 36" Blackstone Griddles with air fryers and accessories, PLUS an original 28" Blackstone Griddle. The drawing for the winners will take place during the February 4th, 2023 event. You do not need to be present to win.

If all 1000 tickets are sold, an additional drawing will take place of 20 - $50.00 payout drawings. The raffle tickets cost $10.00 each or 3 tickets for $25.00 and are available for sale now until these tickets are soldout. If you are interested, please contact either or text him at 517-743-1642, please leave your name and contact information. You may also contact any of the following SPY's members to purchase raffle tickets:

Rosie Best (517-331-0836)

Sam Coan (517-282-6053)

John Fisher (517-648-0969)

Jeff Gibbs (517-930-6989)

Renee Strimback (269-967-5787)

With the combination of the Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night event, and the special Blackstone Griddles Raffle, this will become the MAJOR source for funding for the various Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth and Community projects and programs we underwrite. Please help us help kids and the community!


· Chris & Jill VanAntwerp made their annual donation to the SPY’s in memory of Chris’s father and mother (Fred & Mary VanAntwerp) and his brother (Alan). Thank you Chris & Jill for your continued support. It is indeed appreciated!

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Cinderella never asked for a Prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.

• Notable Quote: "“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”-----MICHELANGELO

• That’s Puny Department: Once there was this Indian who found that every time he bent over to pick up the paddle for his canoe, he'd get this terrible crick in his back. He went to see the doctor the next time he was in town, and the doctor said, "If this happens to you again, simply grasp the paddle with both hands, shove the bottom of the paddle into the ground, and pull yourself up." The next day the Indian was reaching for the paddle when he once again got the crick in his back. Remembering what the doctor had told him, he grabbed the paddle and managed to slowly work his way up it. When at last he was able to stand up again, he was very surprised to find himself up a paddle without a crick.

• Did You Know Section: Influenza got its name from the fact that people believed the disease was caused by the evil “influence” of the stars. The worldwide “Spanish flu” epidemic which broke out in 1918 killed more than 30 million people in less than a year.


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