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SPY's Newsletter 4/2/2024

SPY’s Community Newsletter


SPY’s Salute Tom Wacha

The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (The SPY’s) send out a well-deserved salute to a long-standing Community leader, Tom Wacha for his OUTSTANDING 44 years of service as the Sunfield Village Treasurer.  Tom has been a loyal, dedicated, knowledgeable public servant that has served with exemplary distinction.  Happy Retirement Tom!!!


Next SPY Meeting


·      The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) will be held this coming Tuesday, April 9th,. starting at 6:30 PM, at the Best Tax Service building on M-43.  Guests are always welcome! 


Thank You Volunteers!

Our new Texas Hold ‘Em Chairperson, Seth DeMott would like to extend his sincere Thank-You to the following volunteers who pitched in and worked at last weeks Texas Hold ‘Em fund raiser:

Craig Cappon

Bill Feasel (2 shifts)

Zeke Cappon

Gabe Bowen

John Fisher (2 shifts)

Tom Barnhill


First Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick-Up Coming Soon


Our illustrious “Captain Highway” a.k.a. Derek Desgranges, fearless leader of the SPY’s Adopt-A-Highway project, wants to remind everyone about Saturday April 13th. will be the first highway trash pick-up of the season. The SPY's pick-up trash 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. 


Again, if for any reason you can’t make it for the April 13th. pick-up day but would still like to help out by doing some picking up on a different day of that week, just give Derek a call at 269-838-7686 and get some bags and he will give you a small section to take care of.


What do you say, let’s have a great turnout and spiff up the roadsides leading into our community.


Parting Comments


·      Deep Thought of the Week: I’ve learned that I am grateful for what I’ve learned, no matter what it cost me.


·      Notable Quote: “Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.”


·      That’s Puny Department:  Here’s a question for you----Is an argument between two vegans still called a beef?


·      Did You Know Section: In the United States and Europe, a ghostly pallor was the height of fashion among Victorian-era women. Pale skin signaled high class, both because it meant that you never had to work in the sun and because wasting away from consumption, what we now know as tuberculosis, had become associated with beauty in certain affluent circles. In the late 18th century, wealthy women started romanticizing the extreme thinness, near-translucent skin, and rosy cheeks of those who suffered from the disease, an attitude that came to a peak in the mid-19th century. Tuberculosis, while devastating, brought out features that some already considered attractive, and beautiful women were, falsely, even thought to have been particularly vulnerable to the illness. Women chasing the fashion wore tight corsets and full skirts to show off their tiny waists and made their faces as pale as possible. And if they didn’t already have a ghostly complexion, they could get the look in other ways — such as through long-term arsenic exposure.

In 1851, a Swiss physician published a report in a medical journal about the “toxicophagi,” a group of people in modern-day Austria who routinely consumed arsenic; they knew it was poison, but thought they could develop an immunity to it by starting with small doses and gradually increasing the intake. The report’s author claimed that arsenic gave them great energy, sparkling eyes, and wonderful complexions, but noted that after long-term use, unsurprisingly, “most arsenic eaters end with an inevitable infirmity of the body.”After the article was published, beauty writers told stories of women in Bohemia (modern-day Czechia) who bathed in “arsenic springs” as skin care. It became a popular treatment for women chasing a naturally wan look — as opposed to the “painted ladies” of the day, who used heavy makeup to appear pale. Arsenic-based “complexion wafers” started hitting store shelves; Dr. James P. Campbell’s Safe Arsenic Complexion Wafers promised relief from blemishes and “a deliciously clear complexion,” and were sold well into the 20th century. These wafers reportedly had a very low dose of the toxin, but because there is no such thing as “safe” arsenic, the wafers were still fatal for some consumers. Legitimate doctors warned against their use, and at least one physician in San Francisco worried that arsenic poisoning was going undiagnosed because women neglected to tell their doctors they were taking it.


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 Community Newsletters, just send me an email at with their email address and we will add them to the mailing list.



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