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SPY's Newsletter 5/3/2024

SPY’s Community Newsletter


Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Is Coming!


Sunday, June 9th. will be the BIG day!  It will be the thirty-fourth annual "Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout" Golf Tournament.  Over the years, this has become a major fundraiser for the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth.  We are counting on a great turnout to help us generate the necessary funding to maintain the wide variety of youth programs, both athletic and scholastic, that the SPY’s provide.  ALL proceeds from this event go to the many kids and community programs the SPY’s support.


The “Shootout” is a four-person scramble format event, with separate divisions for men (with different flights), women, senior men, and coed teams.  (With the Senior Division teams, the youngest team member must be at least 60 years old).  Each division will be flighted, which means you will be competing with teams pretty much the same caliber as yours.   There will be a number of specialty holes, as well as raffles.  Registration forms are now available in the Centennial Acres Pro Shop, or by contacting Tournament Directors Derek Desgranges, (269) 838-7686, or Steve Grosshans, (269) 838-6459.


Again this year we are featuring an all you can eat outdoor grill with all of the trimmings for the golfers.  In addition, all Corporate and Platinum Sponsor teams will be competing for the coveted "Challenge Cup".


For more information, or if you want to get a team into the tournament, contact either Derek or Steve.  Come on golfers!  This is a great, fun way to help us help kids!


·      The local chapter of the Daughters of Union Veterans will be. putting out flags on veterans graves at the Sunfield Cemetery on Thursday, May 16th at 10 AM in honor of Memorial Day.  They are looking for volunteers to help out.  You can just show up at the Cemetery, or you can contact Rosie Best at (517) 331-0836 if you have any questions.


·      The “Kidsight Vision Screening” Program for children of all ages will once again be conducted by the Lakewood Lions Club and is coming to Sunfield on Thursday, May 16th from 9 to 11 AM, and Friday, May 17th from 4:30 to 6 PM.  The screenings will be held at the Caterpillar Clubhouse Day Care Center (the old Sunfield Elementary School building).  For further information about this program call Bill Sutton at 616-745-1151.


·      The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) will be held on Tuesday, May 14th,. starting at 6:30 PM, at the Best Tax Service building on M-43.  Guests are always welcome! 

SPY Bowling Event Report #2

Pictured (left to right) are the overall champions.  For the Women’s Division---Judy Scheidt shot a 632; Pauline Vroman rolled a 635.  For the Men’s Division---Phil Butler tossed a fantastic 865, and Darren Bosworth cranked out an 820.

·      Raffle Prize Winners were:  Gary Foltz, Gene Maurer, Dalton Lake, Bob Walker, Teresa Foltz, Carrie Darling, Darren Bosworth, David Stoneman, Bill Bosworth, Mandy Price and James Hyatt. 

·      Strike Pot Winners were:  Jeff Gibbs, Jr., Bill Bosworth, Darren Bosworth, and Mary Hanna.

·      300 Game Rollers were:  Darren Bosworth; Jason Saul; and Phil Butler did it twice!

Glassware Sought

Don’t forget to round up any glassware, (especially logoed glasses), or new or “gently used” stuffed animals that we can use in the Dime Pitch Booth at the Farmer’s Picnic in August.  If you have anything to donate please contact our new project chairpeople, Zeke & Samantha Cappon at 517-331-3360.  Or, any donation can be dropped off at the Best Tax Service building located on M-43 in Sunfield. 


Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week:  If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago---a liberal 30 years ago---and a racist today.


·      Notable Quote: “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”


·      That’s Puny Department:  “I just got back from catering a very emotional wedding”.  “Why, even the cake was in tiers.”


·      Did You Know Section:   Hollywood most likely wouldn’t be the movie mecca it is today if not for filmmakers traveling west to escape Thomas Edison’s stranglehold on movie production. In 1891, Edison positioned himself at the forefront of the budding film industry after patenting an early camera known as the Kinetograph and a viewer called the Kinetoscope. Two years later, he opened the very first movie studio, Black Maria, in West Orange, New Jersey. He went on to produce nearly 1,200 films over the ensuing decades (including the first Frankenstein movie). To ensure the success of his films, Edison formed an alliance with other industry patent holders to quash competition. Called the Motion Picture Patents Company, the group inundated independent filmmakers with copyright infringement lawsuits to ensure Edison’s iron grip over the industry.


Because Edison’s operations were based on the East Coast, however, his sphere of influence was weaker in Western states such as California. This led independent filmmakers to seek refuge out West, and many settled in a newly incorporated neighborhood of Los Angeles called Hollywood. (The area was initially founded as a religious community before the migration of filmmakers.) Edison’s legal team, however, continued to hound West Coast producers until the 1915 Supreme Court case United States v. Motion Picture Patents Co. ruled that Edison could no longer use his patents to impede or disable rival moviemakers. With Edison’s monopoly finally busted, the film industry began to thrive in its new Hollywood home.



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