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SPY's Newsletter 7/10/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #271


Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick-Up Is This Saturday

Our illustrious “Captain Highway” a.k.a. Derek Desgranges, fearless leader of the SPY’s Adopt-A-Highway project, wants to remind everyone about THIS 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.

Anyone interested in lending a hand please be at the Best Tax Service building on M-43 at 9 AM. What do you say, let’s have a great turnout and spiff up the roadsides leading into our community.

Did You Catch What They Snuck By Us---Again?

The price of stamps went up again this past Sunday, July 9th. This is the second increase this year, and the third in the past 12 months.

The cost of a first-class "forever" stamp rose from 63 cents to 66 cents. That follows a jump from 60 cents to 63 cents in late January and, in July 2022, from 58 cents to 60 cents. It's the fifth uptick since January 2019, when stamps retailed for 50 cents.

SPY Logo Apparel Now Available

As a result of numerous requests from members and other people interested in getting some SPY logo apparel, Christina Grosshans has taken on the task of researching and gathering information to make that happen. Here is some basic information:

Available items and prices are:

T-shirts - $15

Crewneck Sweatshirts - $20

Hooded Sweatshirts - $25

Windbreakers - $40

All items are available in Red or Grey. T-shirts/Sweatshirts will be screen printed and the windbreakers will be embroidered with the SPY logo.

The link below can be used for ordering, or individuals may email Christina ( to place their order. Once she receives your order she will contact you to arrange for payment.

Centennial Acres Daily Specials Menu

Here are the Daily Specials that are made just for you that will be available this week from 4 PM to 9 PM, at Centennial Acres Golf & Banquet Center. Take-out orders are welcome. Just call 517-566-8055.

Congressman John Moolenaar’s Team

Returning To Sunfield

Members of our United States Congressman John Moolenaar’s team will be coming to Sunfield on Tuesday, July 25th. They will be hosting a meeting from 10:45 AM til 11:45 AM at the Sunfield Township Hall on Main Street. So, if you need assistance with a federal agency you can sit down with them an discuss the issue.

Last year, the Congressman’s office helped thousands of constituents who needed assistance with a federal agency, including the VA and the IRS. The office helped constituents cut through red tape and reclaim millions of dollars owed to them by the federal government.

Parting Comments

· Deep Thought-Of-The-Week: A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

· Notable Quote: “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”

· That’s Puny Department: “Life is a gamble,” a Mother Cabbage told her offspring, Brussels Sprout. “You have to weather storms and drought. You have to fend off animals, bugs, mold, and rot. But if you hang in there, you’ll grow.” “I’ll try,” said the little Sprout. “But how long does this take? When should I stop growing?” “As with any other gamble,” said Mother Cabbage, “Quit when you’re a head.”

· Did You Know Section: In 1212, a French shepherd boy named Stephen of Cloyes had a vision. The intense blue-eyed youth told everyone that Jesus had called on him to raise an army of children to win back the Holy Land. He began preaching to crowds of people. His appeal struck a chord among devout Christians ashamed of the atrocities of earlier Crusades. Perhaps the pure of heart could succeed where the corrupt that had gone before failed.

Tens of thousands of children were enlisted in the Children’s Crusade. Across France and Germany, village after village was emptied of its young people. Some were orphans, but many others were sent by parents who believed they were doing God’s will. The children marched off in high spirits, chanting hymns, confident of victory. But they would never see Jerusalem, and only a handful ever made it back.

Thousands of German children died of hunger and exposure during an agonizing march across the Alps. Fate had even worse things in store for the French children. More than a thousand, including Stephen, perished when their ships sank crossing the stormy Mediterranean. Several thousand survived the journey only to be sold into slavery by the merchants who had transported them.

This tragedy inspired a folktale that lived to this day, born of collective guilt and the need for someone to blame---a dark story of a town whose happy children are spirited away forever---by the Pied Piper.


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