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SPY's Newsletter 6/18/24

SPY’s Community Newsletter





The Sunfield Farmer’s Picnic Board will host an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 2, 2024 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Van Buren Park in Sunfield where the 2024 grand marshal will be introduced.

The board appreciates all the wonderful nominations for the 2024 Grand Marshal. Please be assured that all nominations will be carried over for consideration in 2025.


Members of the Board include: Jeff Gibbs, Sara Carrasco, DeAnna Clark, Betsy Gibbs, Rod Clark, Ryan Clark, Lesia Brummette, Stacey Nurenberg, Stephanie Brummette, Adam Carrasco, Jay Wacha, Eddy Arnold, Paul Campbell, Missy Grables and Diane Hager (representing the Daughters of the Union Veterans).  The next two Committee meetings are Wednesday, July 10, 2024 and July 24, 2024 at the Sunfield Township Hall at 6:30 pm.  Join us or send your comments to P.O. Box 12, Sunfield, Michigan 48890; email – or call 517-566-8333.


Notice #1

Please be advised that there will be a couple of special Sunfield Township Board meetings held back-to-back on Monday, July 1st.  These meetings will deal with the Fire Board’s request for additional funding in the form of raising the current millage rate.  The second meeting will deal with the fee schedule that will be established for Sunfield Township residents in regard to Ambulance Service.  All residents should be receiving a letter about these special meetings.  The first meeting will start at 5:30 PM and will be held at the Sunfield Township Hall on Main Street.


Notice #2

The next Adopt-A-Highway roadside trash pick-up will take place on Saturday July 13th.  Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.



·      The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth would like to acknowledge and welcome Andy Claflin and the Sunfield Cycle Shop to the ranks of our “Corporate Sponsor” program!  Andy is the most recent person to sign up to this wonderful community building initiative.  We salute you Andy and thank you for helping us help kids and the community!

·      Wayne Simmons made a recent contribution of many dozens of golf balls that are used as prizes in the SPY’s Dime Pitch Booth activity at the Farmer’s Picnic.


·      John & Sandra Fisher made a special form of a contribution to the SPY’s.


·      Louie Trowbridge made multiple donations of glassware for our Dime Pitch Booth activity.


·      Golf Shootout Vegas Hole winners who donated winnings back:

Mike Slater

Dave Mitchell

Bill Bosworth

Kendal Wilcox

Greg Haskin

Paul Spitzley

Bobby Spitzley

Al Bredow

Alex Haskin

Ben Teachworth

Sandy Fisher

Jody Spitzley

Chris Brace


·      The following donated either their skins money or their 50/50 winnings back:

Steve Main

Tim Hermes

Craig Cappon

Al Haskin

Teresa Simons


Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Report #1

Pictured (L to R) is Derek Desgranges and Steve Grosshans co-chairmen of the 34th Annual Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Golf Tournament who once again did a fantastic job putting on this year’s event!  They would like to thank the super cadre of volunteers that help them put on a great event.  Thank you:

Dewey Miller

John Fisher

Craig Mulholland

Christina Grosshans

Renee Strimback

Shana Cappon

Alana Cappon

Alissa Russell

Grace Grosshans


Special Drawing Winners

Pictured is Keith Stanton who won a Garmin Watch




Pictured is Kathy Hengesbach who won a special golf rangefinder



  • Teresa Simon won the Bluetooth speaker, but we didn’t get her picture.


Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week: I don’t think it’s fair that only roosters are allowed to start the day screaming.                          

·      Notable Quote: “The only difference between those who threw in the towel and quit and those who used their energy to rebuild and keep it going is found in the word HOPE.”


·      That’s Puny Department: The other day a friend of mine was telling me about the days when he sailed the seas with the Merchant Marine.  He gave that career up after he witnessed a tragedy that involved a Norwegian tanker filled with red paint colliding with a Danish tanker loaded with blue dye.  The two ships sank and left 500 men MAROONED.


·      Did You Know Section: At 1 a.m. on March 10, 1879, the arena at Gilmore’s Garden in New York City (later renamed Madison Square Garden) was absolutely packed with screaming fans of America’s latest sports craze: pedestrianism. That’s right, competitive walking. At the venue, fans outside tried to shove themselves in, breaking windows and scaling the roof. It was no less chaotic inside, where ticketholders scrambled on top of tables, chairs, and each other’s shoulders to get a better view. That day marked the start of the Astley Belt, essentially the Super Bowl of walking. Contestants had to circle the 1/8-mile track for six days straight and reach a distance of at least 450 miles, and whoever traveled farthest was declared the winner. Athletes were not permitted to leave the track, and instead had tents or cottages where they were allowed to get a little rest or medical attention.


Americans’ fascination with pedestrianism can be traced back to one man, a New York Herald employee named Edward Payson Weston who had a penchant for long-distance walking. Recognizing his gift for endurance, he made a bet with a friend on the 1860 presidential race, in which the loser had to walk all the way from Boston to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. Because Weston bet against Abraham Lincoln, he found himself on a 10-day trek through ice and snow that made him a media darling. He started organizing endurance walks against other people, which grew into pedestrianism.


The sport reached the peak of its popularity in the 1870s and 1880s, at which time it was far more than a novelty. Pedestrianism spawned America’s first celebrity athletes, complete with trading cards and brand endorsement deals. Weston was the first; he was so famous that scientists published studies on his urine. Many later superstars were immigrants and people of color: One of the last great pedestrian celebrities was Frank Hart, a Haitian immigrant with a record-breaking career that included a 565-mile, six-day walk. Plenty of women participated in the sport, too — as the March 1879 Astley Cup marched on in midtown Manhattan, five women were competing in their own six-day walk up in Harlem.



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