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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 7/10/2021

SPY’s Newsletter #143

(7/10 /21)

Sunfield Farmer’s Picnic Continues

Search For 2021 Prince & Princess

The Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board is searching for 2021 Prince & Princess candidates.

It is open to all boys and girls who will be either 4 to 7 years of age by the Wednesday before the Picnic – on August 18, 2021. Contestants must also live in the Village or Township of Sunfield. If you know of someone with children of this age, please share this information.

All contestants will take part in a ceremony where prizes will be awarded to each participant on Friday, August 20 at 6 p.m. They will also be asked to participate in the parade on Saturday, August 21 at 12 p.m. This is a great opportunity for your child to be a part of the Picnic.

Applications are due by Wednesday, August 4, 2021 and may be requested by e-mailing or call Lesia Brummette at 517-566-8620.

Sunfield District Library’s

Summer Reading Mondays

Summer reading is on! To the delight of patrons of all ages, the Sunfield Fire Department delivered a fantastic presentation, during the first Monday program. The program, on July 5th, started with firefighter Jenna Warner reading a “tale” about animals learning fire safety procedures. The story covered topics delivered on a child friendly level. Upon completing the story, the “big red truck” rolled in.

Readers were treated to a special look at all of the equipment used. Firefighter Steve Grosshans explained the various tools and their uses. The vehicles are equipped for all kinds of emergencies. Everyone was encouraged to explore the inside of the cab, and even allowed to sit behind the steering wheel for a picture.

After the trip around the big truck, the group moved to the first responder’s vehicle. This is typically the vehicle sent to most emergencies. More lifesaving items were displayed and explained. Everyone saw a demonstration of the “Jaws of Life”, and even allowed to hold the very heavy piece of equipment.

Next, everyone gathered to see what a firefighter puts on to enter a real life fire situation. Firefighter Steve Sherman dressed in the full suit, including the breathing apparatus. They jokingly compared the sound to Darth Vader. This helped the kids get an idea of what a firefighter might sound like in the event of a real fire. Thus making it less scary and less likely for a child to hide. Safety items for the home, as well as, plans on a meeting place outside of the house, were all covered topics. Kids were “challenged” to go home and talk to parents about creating a plan, if they did not already have one.

Smoke detectors, plan diagrams, and goodie bags, were handed out at the end of the program by firefighter Mike Hopkins and Julie Hopkins. They were instrumental in making this whole program possible. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who helped share in this event.

Community Salute

The SPY’s Newsletter would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge some fine community work that has been taking place this Spring and Summer. If you notice, there are some flowerpots all up and down Main Street. It seems that there have been individuals who have “adopted” a pot and have provided the necessary materials to help beautify our fair village. If there is someone out there that has a list of these fine folks, we would ask that you please pass that information on so we can give them proper recognition. But, in the meantime, we thank you all for your efforts!

One person we DO know that has stepped forward and takes care of the flowers around Sunfield, and that is Vicky Beers. Thank you Vicky for doing what you do to bring a little beauty into our lives!

Project Kidsight Is Coming To Sunfield

For a number of years now the Lakewood Lions have provided free vision screening for children 6 and under throughout the area. Project Kidsight will be making their first of two visits to Sunfield on Monday, August 2nd. They will be set-up at the Sunfield Library from 9 to 11 AM. The Lions are working on a second date to come to town in December, but it is not yet confirmed.

If you would like further information on the Lions’ Project Kidsight, please contact Bill Sutton at 616-745-1151.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it.

• Notable Quote: “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.”---Ancient Indian Proverb

• That’s Puny Department: I knew a guy who collected candy canes. They were all in mint condition.

• Did You Know Section? Why is thirteen of something known as a “baker’s dozen”? Here’s why---Bread has been the staff of life since ancient times. By the middle of the twelfth century A.D., the baking industry in England had become very organized, and London bakers had formed an official brotherhood. Later, they reorganized into the Company of Brown Bakers and the Company of White Bakers and were subject to very strict regulations. A law passed in 1266 stipulated that exactly eighty loaves of bread were to be baked from a standard sack of flour. It was illegal to sell loaves of bread that varied from a set weight. Bakers who were found selling underweight loaves to retailers could get into big trouble. There are stories of bakers in the Middle East who were nailed by their ears to their shop’s doorway for selling underweight bread! Adding an extra loaf of bread for every twelve they sold, to make up for any underweight loaves, was a small price for the bakers to pay.


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