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SPY's Newsletter 2/23/24

SPY’s Community Newsletter


News From The Sunfield Summer Athletic Association


ONLINE Sign ups are now open for the 2024 baseball/softball season! Please see the link below to register! 


Please also keep in mind from our prior emails: All 10u, 12u, and 14u teams are going to be hosted by Lakewood Little League. Sunfield ball teams are only T-ball and 8u baseball & softball. 

Todd “Mr. Lucky” Philips A Big Winner

Pictured is Todd Phillips standing next to the special recliner, that was donated to the SPY’s Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night, by the super community and kids supporter Mapes Furniture  This chair was a highly sought after prize at the event!  Congratulations Todd.  And, an extra special thank you goes out to Mapes Furniture  for their fantastic support!


·      Robert & Dianna Overholt made contributions in memory of Donna Kindel and Carmella Savage.


News Briefs

·      The Centennial Acres Sunday Brunches are continuing every Sunday through March!  Serving starts at 10 AM, with the last seating at 2 PM.


·      Saturday, March 2nd., will be the return of the Welch Museum’s “Dar Benjamin Memorial Chili Cook-Off”.  Come---Taste---Judge!  Free tasting and admission.  The hours are from 11 AM until 1 PM.  In addition to the chili, there will be kids games and great prizes.  For further information contact either Diane Benjamin (517-282-2040), or Pearl Sipperley (517-230-6374).  Hope to see you there!  (Check out the Chili Cook-Off flyer attached below)

·      Friday, March 15th.  is the deadline for submitting applications for any of the SPY’s Community Foundation’s scholarship opportunities.  Questions?  Call John Fisher at 517-648-0969.

Are You Signed Up Yet?

On Saturday March 23rd. the SPY's will once again host a 9-pin no tap Bowling Tournament / fund-raiser to benefit the SPY's various youth and community programs.  This event is open to everyone!  It will be held at the Buddy’s On The Beach Bowling Alley in Lake Odessa.

Time---High Noon

at 11:30 AM


This event will be limited to the first 50 bowlers signed up.  Cost of the Bowling Tournament will be $25 per bowler.  (The same as last year).  Ball and shoes are available. Please arrive early to find a ball to use if necessary.


         To sign-up, the event chairman Jeff Gibbs needs your name  on his list.  He can be reached via any of the             following ways:


or via text at (517) 930-6989,

or via voice message at (517) 566-3355.


Looking For A Great Position?

We will be waiting for your response!

TEXT: 517-204-7952

Call: 517-566-8055

Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week:  The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one.


·      Notable Quote: Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”


·      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: Victor Lustig is among the most skilled con artists in history. The notorious scammer even went so far as to convince someone to buy the Eiffel Tower in France for scrap — not once, but on two separate occasions. Lustig was born in Austria-Hungary in 1890, and spent the first several decades of his life swindling people for modest sums of money. In 1925, he took his conning to a whole new level, as he arrived in Paris with eyes set on the Eiffel Tower. Lustig assumed the identity of a French government official and even created fake stationery with a government emblem. He then invited several scrap metal dealers to the Hôtel de Crillon, where he announced that the Eiffel Tower was too expensive to repair and would instead be sold for scrap to the highest bidder.

Lustig’s story convinced a man named André Poisson to pay 70,000 francs (upwards of $250,000 today) for the scrap. The con artist then fled to Austria with the money, and Poisson was so embarrassed that he never contacted the police. In the ensuing weeks, Lustig kept a close eye on Parisian newspapers and realized that his scheme was never reported, so he decided to attempt the scam once more. While he successfully convinced another buyer to close the deal, suspicions grew and police were finally alerted. By the time law enforcement attempted to capture Lustig, however, he had fled to America, where he continued conning people. He was ultimately captured by U.S. federal officials in 1935, and sentenced to 20 years in Alcatraz prison.


1.      If there is any organization or business out there that has something they would like to advertise or promote, please feel free to submit it to this Newsletter and we will help publicize it.  There is no charge.  We are glad to provide this means as a public service to help keep the community informed.

2.      If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s events---Corporate or Platinum Sponsorship information---scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at

3.      NOTE:  If you know of anyone who would like to receive these SPY’s Newsletters, just send me an email at with their email address and we will add them to the distribution list.

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