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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 3/15/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter


Eaton County Special Recycling Dates Announced

Eaton County’s Department of Resource Recovery is pleased to announce the 2023 Household Hazardous Waste event schedule.

For your connivance, they have listed each of their events below.

Registration is required and has officially opened for these collection events and will be available until the Wednesday prior to the date of the event at Noon.

Please visit their website Recycling Events page to view event flyers, register for events, and sign-up to volunteer.

At the website, simply review the event flyer for the event you are interested in for all of the details.

SPRING CLEAN UP: May 13, 2023, 9 am – 2 pm in Delta Township

RECYCLING FEVER: June 10, 2023, 9 am – 2 pm in Charlotte

RECYCLE-PALOOZA: August 12, 2023, 9 am - 1 pm in Charlotte

Remember to visit their website Recycling Events page for more information. Or, call Eaton County Department of Resource Recovery at (517) 543-3686

News Briefs

· Lakewood Public Schools has named their new Superintendent. On Monday, March 13, 2023 the Lakewood Board of Education officially named Jodi Duits as the new Superintendent. She had been functioning as the interim Superintendent.

· The first Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick-up Is on the horizon. The SPY's sponsor a trash pick-up event along M-43 from Round Lake Road on the west side of town to Shaytown Road on the east side of town, three times a year in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation program. We welcome any and all volunteers! This year’s first pick-up date is set for Saturday, April 22nd. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.

· The Sunfield Summer Athletic Association (the SSAA) is looking for some folks interested in umpiring ball games this coming youth baseball and softball season. This is a CASH paying job! For more information, or to sign up for duty, please contact Andy Galloway at 616-206-1490.

· Speaking of the SSAA, they have announced that so far 83 kids have signed up to play in the summer ball programs.

· The SPY’s also recently appropriated $6,500 to cover their initial 2023 budget request.

· It is Scholarship season, therefore The Sunfield Community Foundation is seeking volunteers to be on their Scholarship Application Review Committee. If you are interested in serving, or would like further information as to what’s involved, please call John Fisher at 517-648-0969.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: If you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet, you are wealthier than 25% of all Americans

· Notable Quote: “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

· That’s Puny Department: The other day when I stopped in at the internationally famous Swede’s Grill I found Chef Robbo in a rather agitated state. “Wassup, oh Chef of mine?” I asked. “You should have been here earlier.” The Chef replied. “There was a big old panda bear that cruised in. Plopped down at the counter and proceeded to eat all of the crackers laid out. He then pulled out a pistol and begins to bang away and put a bunch of holes in my ceiling. Then he calmly got up and left. I came running out of the kitchen yelling at him, but all he did was yell back, ‘Chill. I’m a panda. Google me!’ So, I did. And, sure enough under panda it says, ‘A tree-climbing mammal, with distinct black-and-white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.’”

• Did You Know Section: Back in the 1900 Summer Olympic Games held in Paris, an Australian by the name of Donald MacKintosh participated in a two-part event and finished first in one and tied for third with an American by the name of Crittenden Robinson in the other. Due to public outcry, the event was cancelled and led to the introduction of a “new technology”. Here’s what happened--- While Olympic events like Solo Synchronized Swimming are weird enough, nothing comes close to the Live Pigeon Shooting at the 1900 Summer Games in Paris. The event actually entailed hundreds of pigeons being released in front of the competitors, who sat back and slaughtered them. Donald MacKintosh killed a total of 40 birds.

While the mass murder of hundreds of birds would never fly today, for obvious reasons, this event was so ill-advised that this was the first and last time it ever was a part of the Olympics. Competitors in these events had to kill as many live pigeons as possible. Birds were released one at a time from 'traps' in front of the shooters; winners were determined by whoever shot the most birds out of the sky. A shooter was eliminated once they missed two birds. Nearly 300 birds were killed. A prize purse of up to 20,000 Francs was awarded to the winners, though the top four finishers agreed to split the winnings. This was the first and only time in Olympic history when animals were killed on purpose. Animal rights campaigns were mounted to stop live shooting; in 1902 bans came into force in the United States leading to the introduction of clay pigeons.


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