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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 5/26/24

SPY’s Community Newsletter



2024 Scholarship and Senior Awards Announced

Part One

This past Tuesday, May 21st. Lakewood held their annual Senior Awards night.  At that event the SPY”s and the Sunfield Community Foundation gave out a total of nine scholarships and awards.  Thirty Eight years ago, the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) began awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors. To date, well over $300,000 has been given in scholarships and recognition awards to 210 different students. In 2020, The Sunfield SPY's announced the addition of a separate Trade's Scholarship program. This is an additional scholarship that will be awarded to an eligible graduating senior that wishes to enter a trade.  We also award the “Lade Military Service Medal” and cash Honorarium for students entering the military, as well as the Richard Lenon Award that is based solely on Community Service.

Due to “SPY’s Community Newsletter’ space constraints, in this issue we will only cover a few of the awards, with the rest of the recipients to follow in the next Newsletters.

Richard Lenon Community Service Award



Pictured is Austin Coan, son of Justin (Sam) & Angela Coan who received the Richard Lenon Community Service Award which is based solely on, and given to the student that has demonstrated the most dedicated and significant community service.  Austin received a plaque and a $500 cash award for his outstanding service.


Military Service Recognition

The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) and the Sunfield Community Foundation, are pleased to honor Lakewood High School students that join the military upon graduation.  Pictured is Allison Slater, daughter of Mike & Heidi Slater.  Allison was presented with the “Lade Military Service Medal” as well as a $750 cash honorarium.

As President John F. Kennedy said, "Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard”---and we couldn’t agree more.  Now, in the third year of our program, we are delighted and honored to recognize Allison upon her enlistment in the Air National Guard.

Trades Scholarship


Pictured is Emil Meyers, son of Duane & Buffy Meyers, who became the very first applicant for our new Trades Scholarship.  Emil received a $1,000 scholarship that he can use either for trade school tuition, or as a tool allowance.  He is entering an apprenticeship with Evans Electric, Inc. to become an electrician.


Around The Town

·      I had the pleasure of meeting the two young women who bought the currently vacant “Sunfield Coffee Company” building on Main Street.  They plan on opening a new business there shortly.  We will keep you posted.


·      Coming up on Saturday, June 1st. will be the Sunfield Cycle Shop’s first anniversary Open House celebration.  It will be held “down on the corner” in Sunfield from 11 AM til 4 PM.  There will be live music---food venders---a Cornwell Tool Truck; a Shaffers Oil Rep; and other specialized venders on site---patch sewing will also be available.  Be sure to check it out!


Also, Andy Claflin is holding a special prize drawing to benefit the SPY’s activities and programs.  He is selling tickets for a very special leather vest, (winner’s choice of sizes).  Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.  Stop by the Sunfield Cycle Shop and pick-up a handful.  The drawing will be held at the open house on June 1st.

Trivia Night Fundraiser At Centennial Acres

(See Flyer Below)


Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week:  Some people need a handle we can jiggle when their mouth won’t stop running.                          

·      Notable Quote: Middle age is when you still believe you’re gonna feel better in the morning!”


·      That’s Puny Department: What is the difference between a nicely dressed man on a tricycle and a poorly dressed man on a bicycle?”   (“A tire”.  “Get it?  A tire.)


·      Did You Know Section: It’s difficult to comprehend within our limited, double-digit life spans, but Earth is a dynamic planet that is constantly changing. The continents have crashed together and separated a handful of times now (Pangaea is the latest supercontinent, but not the only one), and the planet’s atmosphere, oceans, and orbit are all temporary and movable. Take, for instance, Antarctica, arguably the most inhospitable place on the planet. Not long ago (geologically speaking), the icy continent wasn’t frozen at all. In fact, it was filled with temperate rainforests teeming with life.

Some 90 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period — the tail end of the age of dinosaurs — Antarctica was home to a completely different habitat, known as the “Cretaceous hothouse.” The Earth was much warmer due to increased carbon dioxide levels (sea-surface temperatures in the tropics were at an incredible 95 degrees Fahrenheit, for example), and the world’s oceans were a staggering 558 feet higher than they are today. Estimates suggest that Cretaceous Antarctica had a climate similar to today’s Italian peninsula and was filled with plant and animal life, including dinosaurs. The southern continent’s hospitality didn’t end with the dinosaurs, either; it continued on into the Eocene Epoch around 56 million to 34 million years ago. It was then that marsupials likely migrated across Antarctica from South America into modern-day Australia before the continents separated. So while Antarctica is pretty inhospitable to humans now, it may just be a phase.



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