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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 6/18/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #198


The Community Has A Need---

Anyone Interested?

On the East side of Sunfield---on the North side of M-43---just past Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating---is a large “Sunfield Welcomes You” sign. This sign was constructed and placed by the bygone Sunfield Service Club in August of 1985.

It has been quite a while since anyone has looked after it, and it is in need of some fresh paint and replacement of the two back braces. We are bringing it to the Community’s attention in hopes of finding some concerned individuals willing to help refurbish the sign. Anyone interested in lending a hand?

For further information, or to volunteer in some capacity, either hit “reply” to this Newsletter email, or contact John Fisher at 517-648-0969.

The Eighth Annual People’s Choice Award Float Building Contest and Parade Is Coming!

Do you have plans for Saturday, August 20, 2022? The members of the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board would like to have your organization’s float, your tractor or antique car, decorated bicycle or wagon in the Grand Parade on Saturday. The Board invites anyone who wishes to participate in the parade to please do so. Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade and all activities at the 2022 Sunfield Farmers Picnic, Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20.

How about entering a float in the Eighth Annual People’s Choice Award Float Building Contest? Represent your business or organization with a decorated float. The float must include your business or organization’s name and this year’s Picnic theme of “Small Town, Big Hearts”. Line up begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunfield Water Tower and begins at 12 noon. Please submit a color photograph of your float by 9 p.m. Friday, August 19 to:

Patrons will be able to purchase tickets from Picnic board members under the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Merchant’s tent in Van Buren Park after the parade to place their vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will receive a keepsake plaque and be announced at

7 p.m. at the beginning of the talent show. The winner will also have their name placed on a bigger plaque that will be on display at the Welch Historical Museum throughout the year.

The 2021 float winners were the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War in third place, the Sunfield District Library in 2nd place and first place went to the Sunfield Historical Society.

All money collected from the donations will be put into the following year’s picnic events and helping to cover costs including tent rental, entertainment and fireworks. If you would like to register a float for this year’s parade, send an email to:

Anyone else who wishes to be in the parade but not be in the float contest can let us know by sending an email to the address above or by calling DeAnna Clark at 517-231-2527. You may also just show up the day of the parade by 11:30 a.m. and we will fit you in. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please contact any of the Board members or send an email to:


· David Taylor became the newest member of our “Platinum Sponsor” program.

· A BIG Sunfield Area SPY salute goes out to Hazel Brothers Drainage---Musgrove Grain---and Haskin Farms for renewing their “Corporate Sponsor” status for


· Gary & Brinda Ridenour made a donation to the Youth Activities fund.

· Derek & Stacie Desgranges donated some glassware to our Dime Pitch Booth activity.

We sincerely thank you one and all for your thoughtfulness; caring; and support for helping us help kids and the community!

Celebrity Corner

For a number of years in the past, when the local Sunfield Sentinel newspaper was still in publication, the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) had a weekly column. A feature in that column were some “human interest” stories about local folks that did something of what you might call, in a stretch, “noteworthy?”. This rapidly became a popular feature, and the column soon became know as “The Dirt Sheet”. I have been asked, since the advent of these Community Newsletters, if perhaps “The Dirt Sheet” type journalism would make a return. The answer to that is---maybe.

Here is a sample of what I am describing. It was snitched, I mean passed along, by someone thinking this item might be “newsworthy”. I will construct this entry in the form of a multiple choice question. Here goes---It seems that recently Jeff “Scorched Earth” Gibbs wanted to take some sort of corrective action concerning weeds in his lawn. It seems that he didn’t pay close attention to the herbicide he chose to use to eradicate those pesky devils, which resulted in killing off his whole lawn. Was his end goal---

A---To turn his yard into a rather big garden.

B---To put in Astro Turf to end his mowing chores.

C---To paint the now bare ground green, also an attempt to end his mowing chores.

D---To put the fear into wife Betsy so she wouldn’t nag him to help her with her flowers.

Dates To Mark On Your Calendars

· The Farmer’s Picnic Grand Marshall Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, July 7th from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

· Our next Adopt-A-Highway trash pick-up will be Saturday, July 16th.

· The next Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser the SPY’s will be working will take place Wednesday, August 31st. thru Saturday, September 3rd.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Two things define you---Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.

• Notable Quote: "When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.''---William Arthur Ward

• That’s Puny Department: Why should you never trust a train? ( They have loco-motives).

• Did You Know Section: The Ghent Altarpiece is a Dutch panel painting known as Het Lam Gods (“The Lamb of God”) that Flemish painter Jan van Eyck completed in 1432. It weighs two tons, measures 14 feet by 11 feet, and has been stolen 13 times, the most of any famous piece of art work.


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

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