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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 7/1/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #269 (7/1/23) The Mark & Mary Hanna Platinum Sponsor Team Are the Shootout Mega Champions

Here is the overall championship team from the Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Golf Tournament held recently. This powerful outfit not only won the Men’s Senior Division, but they also won the coveted Challenge Cup when they posted an awesome score of 55 for the event, which was the lowest score shot across ALL of the divisions that participated in the Shootout! Pictured (L to R) Lee “Let Her Fly” Bosworth; Mark “The Magnificent” Hanna; Bill “The Bomber” Bosworth; and Renee Bosworth, (who wasn’t actually a member of the team, but she is standing in for her Uncle Stacey Bosworth---she’s prettier than he is anyway). Centennial Acres Is Having A Fish Fry This Friday That’s right folks, the Centennial Golf & Banquet Center’s Fish Fry returns this Friday, July 7th. Get a generous portion of house battered Walleye—French fries or baked potato---coleslaw or a tossed salad---home-made tartar sauce. Yum! There is a dessert menu available too! Serving starts at 5 PM and goes until 8:30 PM sharp. To-go orders are welcome by calling 517-566-8055. Check it out! Next SPY Meeting The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (The SPY’s) will take place on Tuesday, July 12th, starting at 6:30 PM. We will be meeting at the Best Tax Service building just West of the blinker light. Guests are always welcome!

The Next Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick-up Coming Soon! Our illustrious “Captain Highway” a.k.a. Derek Desgranges, fearless leader of the SPY’s Adopt-A-Highway project, wants to remind everyone about Saturday July 15th. will be the second highway trash pick-up of the season. The SPY's pick-up trash along M-43 from Round Lake Road on the west side of town to Shaytown Road on the east side of town, three times a year in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation program. Again, if for any reason you can’t make it for the April 23rd. pick-up day, but would still like to help out by doing some picking up on a different day of that week, just give Derek a call at 269-838-7686 and get some bags and he will give you a small section to take care of. What do you say, let’s have a great turnout and spiff up the roadsides leading into our community. Contributions

  • The Grommons Family made a donation to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Kate Mapes.

  • Lyle & Karen Van Houten also made a donation to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Kate Mapes.

  • Carol Santini contributed some glassware to the SPY’s Dime Pitch Booth activity.

It’s Softball Tournament Time

The SPY’s annual Charity Softball Tournament will be held for it's 52nd. year during the Farmer’s Picnic weekend. The tournament started out as the Sunfield Invitational and was held earlier in the summer. Then its format was changed with proceeds going to support the Muscular Dystrophy telethons. Finally, the tournament was moved to the Farmer's Picnic timeframe when the tradition of having ball games during the festivities was in jeopardy and they were even thinking of putting a flea market on the infield instead of playing ball. But, public outcry changed that in short order and the tournament was moved to fill the gap. The current tournament director, Craig Cappon has a full slate of softball action on tap this year. There will be the usual men's tournament played, with a lot of exciting action. However, in addition, there will be a Coed tournament played too, as well as the ever-popular homerun derby contest. Below are the details. Notice #1 A BIG Sunfield Area SPY salute goes out to Caleb Terpstra for facilitating a brand-new Corporate Sponsor addition for the SPY’s! We welcome aboard the Simtob Management & Investment Company of 1414 South Pennsylvania in Lansing! Notice #2

Parting Comments • Deep Thought of the Week: Oddly enough, it’s the person who knowseverything who has the most to learn. • Notable Quote: “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”---Albert Einstein • That’s Puny Department: Were you aware that smaller babies may be delivered by stork but the heavier ones need a crane?” • Did You Know Section: Did you know that there might actually have been a “real Mother Goose’? The collection of nursery rhymes known as “Mother Goose Melodies” allegedly was based on the stories of an actual woman named Goose. Her full name was Elizabeth (Foster) Goose (or Vergoose). She lived in Massachusetts from 1665 to 1757. Mrs Goose had ten stepchildren through her marriage to Isaac Goose and had six more of her own, for a total of 16 children. (While it is true that Mrs. Goose had sixteen children, it is doubtful that they all lived together in one giant shoe!) One of her daughters married Thomas Fleet, a Boston printer. Mrs. Goose told many interesting children’s tales, and her son-in-law, Fleet, supposedly printed them in 1719. Most of the songs and rhymes that appeared in Mother Goose books actually existed long before they were ever published and had diverse origins. Several were old English drinking songs, ballads, or satirical pieces. Some were based on actual people or events. For instance, “Little Jack Horner” is rumored to be a true story. Supposedly, the Bishop of Glastonbury, England, had sent the deeds to twelve properties, baked in a Christmas pie, to King Henry VIII as a gift from the church. Jack Horner, the Bishop’s emissary, is said to have lifted the cover of the pie, pulled out a “plum” (one of the deeds), and kept it. “Jack Spratt” pokes fun at a fat churchman named Arch-deacon Pratt. “Sing a Song of Sixpence” recounts the sixteenth-century custom of sealing live birds in a pie to be served at festive occasions. Upon opening, the birds (blackbirds in this case) would fly out, to the delight of dinner guests. These early rhymes were obviously for adults. The only published children’s tales at the time were lullabies and alphabet rhymes. Notices 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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