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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 12/16/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter



Christmas Basket Distribution Report


We had a truly outstanding turnout of helpers on Saturday, December 16th. for the Sunfield, Mulliken, and Woodbury area distribution of the Lakewood Community Council’s Christmas Baskets!  We even had enough helpers that we were able to assist in the distribution to the other Lakewood communities.  Thanks to the 15 helpers that showed up, the job went fast and easy.  A sincere salute of appreciation goes out to:


Judy Thorp-Coon

Mark Hanna

Buddy & Jari Collins

John & Sandra Fisher

Darrin Bosworth

Jeff & Betsy Gibbs

Christina Grosshans

Renee Strimbeck

Nate & Neena Kovalchik

Quinn Kovalchik

Grayson Kovalchik


Again, thank you one and all!!!


Sunday Brunches Return To Centennial Acres

Upcoming Events

Here are some activities and such on the horizon, so mark your calendars.  Details on each will be following soon.


·      On Saturday, January 13, 2024, will be the SPY’s Annual Meeting of the Membership.  It will be held at the Sunfield Community Rooms and there will be a dinner catered by Rob Piercefield of the world famous Swede’s Grill.


·      The next Texas Hold ‘Em event the SPY’s are scheduled to work will be held Monday, February 5th through Thursday, February 8th.  Soon, we will be looking for volunteers to handle the chips.


·      The Annual Euchre Tournament returns in March.  The final date hasn’t been set yet, so stay tuned.


·      The Bowling Tournament also returns on Saturday, March 23, 2024




Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating made the following memorial donations: 

IMO Vivian Amy Rumfield

IMO Harold Roy Jackson

IMO Todd Alan Casteel


Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week: Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.


·      Notable Quote: “Age is just the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”


·      That’s Puny Department: Did you hear about the termite who walked into a bar and asked, "Where is the bar tender?"


·      Did You Know Section: Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin aren’t just famous figures in American history — they were also accomplished athletes. Honest Abe has been honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, while Franklin earned a spot in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Standing 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Lincoln was a formidable opponent in amateur wrestling. At age 19, he reportedly defended his stepbrother’s river barge by throwing potential hijackers overboard. In 1831, he wrestled and defeated Jack Armstrong, the leader of a local gang in New Salem, Illinois. While some reports claim the pair may have actually fought to a stalemate, the bout earned Lincoln respect and a reputation for being tough. Lincoln continued to wrestle while studying law, and legend has it that he amassed more than 300 victories during a 12-year period, losing just one time. Lincoln was honored with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Outstanding American award in 1992.Franklin, meanwhile, was posthumously inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1968. During his life, he was an avid swimmer and spent time teaching and coaching the sport in Europe and America. Franklin even proposed that all schools in Philadelphia institute swimming programs. As a scientist and experimenter, the founding father is also credited as an inventor or early adopter of many swimming-related innovations, including kites for kitesurfing, hand paddles, and flippers.



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