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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 6/1/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #196


SPY’s Community Foundation Awards Report #2

On Tuesday, May 24th the Lakewood High School Senior Awards Night was held. At that event, the Foundation gave out their 2022 scholarships. They went to the following very deserving students:

· Ellie Haddix, who is the daughter of Allen & Teresa Haddix, received a $5,000 scholarship. (It should be noted that Ellie is the co-valedictorian of her class).

· Justin Warner, the son of Jim & Shannon Warner, received a $3,500 scholarship.

· Claire Benham, daughter of James & Maggie Benham, also received a $3,500 scholarship.

The Foundation administers a special memorial scholarship fund in memory of Stephen Wakley, and from that fund a $2,500 scholarship was awarded to Megan Wakley, who is the daughter of Tammy Wakley

All of these scholarship recipients are to be congratulated for their leadership, involvement, character, community service, as well as academic achievement—elements the Sunfield Community Foundation and the SPYs were proud to recognize on behalf of the community. Congratulations and best of luck in the future to each of you.

This marked the 36th. year for the SPY’s and the Community Foundation’s Scholarship and Award programs. We have awarded well over a quarter of a million dollars over that period, and have helped 197 students further their education.

On an additional, kind of disappointing side note, three years ago the SPY’s Community Foundation expanded their graduating student opportunities to include anyone wishing to enter a Trade. If they were going to go to a trade school, we offered scholarships. If they were going to go into an apprenticeship, we were providing periodic tool allowances to purchase their necessary tools. However, we have yet to have a single student apply! How regrettable.


JULY 11-16, 2022



There are many talented people of all ages in the Sunfield area.

Please consider exhibiting your projects at the 2022 EATON COUNTY FAIR.

All non-livestock exhibitors age 13 and over are required to pay a $5 entry fee. Exhibitors 12 and under pay $.50 per class up to a total of $5. This fee covers all entries per person and he or she will receive an exhibitor’s pass when the projects are brought to the fair on

July 10. The fair board no longer awards premiums, but they do give each exhibitor a weekly pass to enter the fair, which is a big bonus if you plan to attend the fair.

· Exhibits must be on display July 10-July 17.

· No fee for Senior Citizens.

· An Exhibitor’s Pass grants exhibitor admission to the fair all week.

For Rules and Regulations, and List of Classes log on to:

Centennial Acres Is Having A

Fish Fry This Friday

That’s right folks, the Centennial Golf & Banquet Center’s Fish Fry returns this Friday, June 3rd. Get a generous portion of house battered Walleye—French fries or baked potato---cole slaw---roll---home-made tartar sauce---and brownie. Yum!

Serving starts at 5 PM and goes until 8:30 PM. To-go orders are welcome by calling



Coming up on Sunday, June 12th, 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 us with our various youth and community programs!

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: A lie doesn’t become truth- - -wrong doesn’t become right---and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.

• Notable Quote: "Do not go where the path may lead---go instead where there is not path and leave a trail.”---Ralph Waldo Emerson

• That’s Puny Department: Did you hear about the guy who changed his name to Authorized Personnel? It opened a lot of doors for him.

• Did You Know Section: As a kid, Keron Thomas became interested in trains upon moving to New York, and avidly studied the New York Transit Authority's book of rules and regulations and its preparation book for the train operator's Civil Service test.

At age 16, Thomas signed into the 207th Street Yard in Manhattan and proceeded to operate the train that originated at the 207th Street station. Thomas's actions went unnoticed by the passengers on board, who were safely picked up and discharged at normal station stops along the route. He completed the trip to the Lefferts Boulevard station in Queens and almost made the full round-trip. However, Thomas operated the train too quickly rounding a curve in Washington Heights, just a few stops from completing his route. This tripped the train's emergency brakes and Thomas was unable to reset them.

The full scope of Thomas's actions was discovered after he was taken to the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) headquarters for drug and alcohol testing, a standard policy after motormen are caught speeding. Despite his actions, Thomas came to be seen by some as something of a folk hero and, as a consequence, was spared jail time. The New York Times reported: "Duty-bound to make it clear that people may not play subway motorman whenever they like but wary of punishing a folk hero – and a mere boy, at that – law-enforcement officials settled yesterday on three years' probation for the 16-year-old who took the controls of a subway train for three and a half hours in May."


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