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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 5/29/24

SPY’s Community Newsletter



2024 Scholarship and Senior Awards Announced

Part Two

In this SPY’s Community Newsletter we are pleased to report to you some of the 2024 Scholarship Award winners from the SPY’s and the Sunfield Community Foundation.  Pictured below is Jolee Gardner who received a $2,000 scholarship.  Jolee is the daughter of Jessica Lawler and Ryan Gardner.  She will be attending Spring Arbor College.



Pictured on the left below is Elizabeth Eldridge, daughter of Lance & Christy Eldridge who will be attending Lansing Community College, and Jessica Warner, daughter of Jim & Sharon Warner who will be attending Bethel University.  They each received $1,500 scholarships.



Pictured on the right below is Aiden Roth Botsford, who is the son of Julie Roth and Matthew Botsford who will be attending LCC.  Aiden received a $500 Special Recognition Award.  Standing to the left of Aiden is Austin Coan, son of Justin (Sam) & Angela Coan who received a $4,000 scholarship.



Pictured below is Mackenzie St. Laurent, daughter of Steve & Wendy St. Laurent who will be attending the University of Michigan.  Mackenzie received a $5,000 scholarship.


·      Jack Griffin renewed his Platinum Sponsorship for 2025.


·      Robert & Dianna Overholt made a contribution in memory of Agnes Fleetham.

Notice #1

 Coming up on Sunday, June 11th, will be the 33rd. annual Centennial Acres / SPY Shoot-Out golf tournament.  Our event chairmen Derek Desgranges and Steve Grosshans are still looking for some intrepid hackers and whackers to fill out the outing roster.  Give either Derek (269-838-7686) or Steve (269-838-6459) a call for further information---or to volunteer to help out---or to sign-up your team.  This is a fun event and a major fund-raiser that helps the SPY’s with our various youth and community programs!


Notice #2

The next Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament we are scheduled to work will take place Monday, June 17th. thru Thursday, June 20th.  Stay tuned for details.  We will soon be signing up volunteers to sell chips to the players.

Notice #3

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!


lso, 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.

Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week: Always believe something wonderful is going to happen.  Even with all the ups and downs, never take a day for granted.  Smile, cherish the little things and remember to hug the ones you really love.                          

·      Notable Quote: “The trouble with experience is that it usually teaches you something you really didn’t want to know.”


·      That’s Puny Department: If a plant is sad do other plants photosympathise with it?

·            Did You Know Section: Europeans feared tomatoes for centuries, believing they were poisionous.  There’s a reason why the humble tomato used to be known by the far more sinister moniker of “poison apple”: Europeans feared tomatoes for centuries and believed they were poisonous. As recently as the 18th century, it was thought that aristocrats were falling ill and even dying after eating tomatoes — a misconception stemming from the use of pewter plates, which contained high lead content. The fruit, which is highly acidic, would leach that lead and then poison the unlucky eater. The fear of tomatoes was just as prevalent across the pond, where some American farmers believed that the green tomato worm was “poisonous as a rattlesnake” (in the words of one New York farmer). An entomologist named Benjamin Dann Walsh eventually set the record straight, writing that the insect in question was “merely an ugly-looking worm which eats some of the leaves of the tomato,” and by the late 1800s, more people began to appreciate tomatoes for the nutritious treat they are.

That change of heart was thanks in part to the increasing popularity of pizza, of which Italy’s Queen Margherita (sound familiar?) was known to partake. It’s believed by some that Raffaele Esposito, a baker from Naples often credited with inventing the modern pizza, used the Italian flag’s three colors as inspiration: red tomatoes, white mozzarella, and green basil. If anything explains an entire continent overcoming its irrational fear of tomatoes, it makes sense that it would be pizza.



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