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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 2/27/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #245


March Is Going To Be A Busy Month!

There is a lot already scheduled to be going on in the month of March. Here’s the current run-down:

· THIS Saturday, March 4th, 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!

· Sunfield Summer Athletic Association Summer Ball Programs Sign-Ups are ending soon! Please register your child before Friday, March 10th. Practices will start after spring break and games will begin in May. Please reach out to with any questions, or to

Reminder: If you live within the old Sunfield Elementary School boundaries, your child will

play for Sunfield for FREE!

If you don't live with the boundaries, but wish to serve on the SSAA Board---or help with concessions---or assist with coaching a team----your child can still play for free in Sunfield. Just fill out the online form and check which option you can help with.

· Wednesday, 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.

· On Saturday March 18th, 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 11:45am

This event will be limited to the first 40 bowlers signed up. Cost of the Bowling Tournament will be $25 per bowler. 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.

· The next Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament we are scheduled to work will take place Wednesday, March 22nd thru Saturday, March 25th. We are in need of volunteers to sell chips. This is an EXTREMELY important fund-raiser for the SPY’s. How about lending a hand?

Here are the shifts we need volunteers to fill:

Wednesday 10 pm til Closing---need 2 people

Thursday 6:15 pm til 10 pm---need 3 people

All of the Friday and Saturday shifts, as well as the other shifts on Wednesday and Thursday are all filled.

For further information about working the event, or to sign-up to take a shift (or two), please contact our event Chairman Jeff Gibbs by means of any of the following ways:

· or via text at (517) 930-6989,

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

If you have never worked a Texas Hold ‘Em event there absolutely is nothing to fear. It is easy, simple tasks that are involved. We are not “The House”, so we don’t deal cards, or gamble in any way against the players. The players compete against each other. The work we do simply amounts to selling and redeeming chips for the players at one end of the room. Once every hour someone goes out to the dealers and gets some chips from the dealers that is called “the rake”. That is all there is to it.

This Texas Hold ‘Em will be held in the Event Spot room that is located behind the Heavenly Ham store on the South side of Saginaw Street in Lansing, which is across from the Lansing Mall. Give Jeff a call at 517-930-6989 to volunteer for a shift, or to get more information.

· SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH marks the return of the fantastic Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY's) annual Euchre Tournament; or "The Showdown On Main Street" as it is more commonly known.

This pasteboard classic will be held at the Sunfield Community Rooms, with the doors opening at 6 PM, and the cards fly at 6:30 PM sharp. Some munchies and refreshments will be furnished. However, each couple is asked to please bring a dessert or a hors d'oeuvre dish, and their preferred drinks.

There will be a $10 per person entry fee charged. Prizes for top male and female players, as well as various other categories, will be awarded. We will once again be using a progressive format, where the partners change every game and winners advance to another table. This event is open to everyone!

Please call / text/ or email (horseylover event chairperson Beth Shettler (517-231-2192) if you plan to attend or need further information.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Think about how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what chances you have of changing others.

Notable Quote: "No great deed, private or public, had ever been undertaken in a bliss of certainty."---Leon Wieseltier

• That’s Puny Department: Life and beer are very similar. Chill for best results.

• Did You Know Section: This week we are tracking down the origin of the word “posh”, which is used to describe something elegant or fashionable. During the Victorian era, the British Empire was at its apex, with colonies all around the globe. Thus the old saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”

India was a popular destination for the wealthy British traveler. The only practical and luxurious way to get to India was aboard a cruise ship. The journey from London to Bombay or Calcutta was a long one. Ships had to follow the west coast of Africa down around the Cape of Good Hope and up the east coast of Africa toward India. Much of the trip was through hot, humid, tropical climates.

These ships may have been well-appointed, but the invention of air-conditioning was far off, and the only cool air one might expect was from ocean breezes and fans. Cabins tended to be hot and stuffy, so opening the portholes was the only way to get ventilation. On the trip out, the portholes on the port side of the ship faced land, and on the trip home, the portholes on the starboard side faced land. Portholes facing land were considered more desirable for ventilation, shade, shelter from bad weather, and viewing purposes. British civil servants traveling to India on the Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Company line supposedly started this trend in cabin reservations.

Thereafter, it became trendy for the wealthy to pay extra for the privilege of staying in portside cabins on the way out and starboard cabins on the trip home. The acronym P.O.S.H. (port out, starboard home) was stamped on their baggage and eventually evolved into the word “posh”, which came to mean elegant or fashionable.


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