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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 11/22/23

News From Mapes Furniture

Also on Saturday, December 2nd. Mapes Furniture will be holding their Christmas Open House from 9 AM to 5 PM. There will be several direct selling companies that they have invited to share the day with them-----like Tupperware; Pampered Chef; Norwex; and more. There will be a number of vendor specials and door prizes. Be sure to stop in and check things out!

News From The Fire Department Auxiliary

The Sunfield Fire Department Auxiliary will once again be “decorating the village” for Christmas by wrapping the utility poles on Main Street with garland and lights. They will again be offering the opportunity for the community to purchase custom-made decorations in memory, or honor of a loved one, or group, for just $10. The name of the person you’re honoring will be displayed on the garland.

Here are two convenient payment options:

1) By mail - send your name, phone number and ornament wording, along with $10 per ornament to SFD Auxiliary, PO box 223, Sunfield, MI 48890.

2) Electronically, by using PayPal. Browse to, log into your account, click “send” and enter $10 per ornament. In the notes section, enter your name, phone number and ornament wording, click “continue” then click on “sending to a friend” prior to completing your transaction. Make sure you include your ornament wording! (Example: in memory of, in honor of, etc.)

The deadline: is November 29th!


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 16th, 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 the Lakewood 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 16th. at the Central Methodist Church in downtown Lake Odessa. For Further information, please contact John Fisher at 517-648-0969. Thank you!

Check Out This Deal!

The SPY’s Wild Game Dinner Head Honcho and Grand Poobah, the one and only Pete Weller, reports that one of our top Wild Game Dinner sponsors---Shattuck’s Great Outdoors---is offering quite a promotion. If you go into their sports shop and ask for Justin and mention the SPY’s Wild Game Dinner you will automatically qualify for a discount! Whether it on bows; guns; fishing; what ever. What a deal! Shattuck’s Great Outdoors is located on M-66, North of Woodbury.

Parting Comments

· Deep Thought of the Week: Everyone talks about leaving a better planet for our children. Why doesn’t anyone try to leave better children for our planet?

· Notable Quote: "Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened." - Jennifer Yane

· That’s Puny Department: The fitness trainer asked me, “What kind of squat are you accustomed to doing?” I said, “Diddly”.

· Did You Know Section: Margarine developed an unsavory reputation very quickly after it first arrived in North America from Europe in the 1870s. Both the dairy lobby and popular media maligned the butter substitute (then made from surplus animal fats), claiming that it was unhealthy, prepared under unsatisfactory conditions, and full of harmful chemicals. Twenty states regulated margarine’s labeling, and seven more banned it outright before Congress stepped in and passed the 1886 Oleomargarine Act, which, among other things, heavily taxed the manufacture and sale of margarine. Retailers tried to get around the law by selling margarine as butter, which only intensified the anti-margarine crusade.

To make the difference between margarine and butter more obvious, 32 states passed legislation regulating the color of margarine. Most of those states banned the color yellow, but at least five states (Minnesota, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia) went a step further and required that margarine be dyed pink to highlight its artificiality. The Supreme Court struck down pink margarine requirements as unconstitutional in 1898, but bans on yellow margarine remained in effect. In 1902, Congress even amended the Oleomargarine Act to increase taxes on artificially colored yellow margarine. But when the price of butter skyrocketed in the 1940s, public opinion shifted. The Oleomargarine Act was repealed in 1950, and state regulations started to follow suit. The last bans on yellow margarine were in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and both were repealed by 1967.


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